Distance Education Resources Texas A&M University offers graduate-level
Distance Education Resources Texas A&M University offers graduate-level distance education (DE) degree and certificate programs. DE programs provide flexible, online coursework that can be completed anywhere reliable, highspeed Internet access is available. How Distance Education Works at Texas A&M
Individual colleges independently administer and coordinate DE programs at the university, which may include: General administrative policies and procedures Descriptions and requirements for entire programs and individual courses Required on-campus (i.e., in-person) courses, events, and other activities Academic advising Computer, software, and other technical requirements, and Arrangements for completing assignments and taking assessments (exams) Advantages of Distance Education
Distance education provides students with more scheduling flexibility when learning activities are asynchronous Students save time and money by not commuting to and from campus classes By eliminating the time and place constraints of typical face-to-face courses, course-related materials can be more customized and expansive Student-centered learning typically translates into greater student interactivity and engagement Advantages of Distance Education In addition, distance
education provides: Excellent Instruction Interactivity Active Learning Getting Online Most distance education courses delivered through eCampus: http://ecampus.tamu.edu For help with eCampus: Email: [email protected] Phone: (979) 845-8300 eCampus
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ce.ta mu . e du Basic Expectations for Distance Education Students Have access to a computer with fast, reliable Internet connectivity and up-to-date software Know how to perform common computer functions (saving and attaching files, creating folders) and navigate the Internet (using
search engines, entering passwords) Communicate effectively and clearly using email and online discussion boards to work on assignments with students who may be in different time zones Be disciplined in setting and maintaining a schedule to complete work and provide timely responses to other students and instructors, even when there are distractions online or at home
Remain comfortable and consistent in being online several times a week to participate in courses Ask proactive and appropriate questions when assignments, concepts, expectations, or homework solutions are unclear Time Management & Study Skills for Distance Education Students When considering taking distance education courses, it is important to possess
strong time management and study skillsindependence, discipline, and selfmotivation are therefore essential. Here are some tips: Identify and become familiar with the technology used in each course Gather contact information for each course, as well as for technical assistance, before classes start Follow course syllabi to determine assignment due dates
Avoid procrastinationdon't wait until the last minute to identify or submit assignments Set specific times and locate a suitable, distraction-free place for studying Postpone other activities until coursework is done Use free time wisely
Be an independent and self-motivated learner The Core Rules of Netiquette (Internet Etiquette) Rule 1. Remember the human. -- Never forget that the person reading your mail or posting is, indeed, a person, with feelings that can be hurt. Rule 2. Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real
life. Rule 3. Know where you are in cyberspace. Rule 4. Respect other people's time and bandwidth. Rule 5. Make yourself look good online.
Rule 6. Share expert knowledge. Rule 7. Help keep flame wars under control. Rule 8. Respect other people's privacy. -- Don't read other people's private email. Rule 9. Don't abuse your power. -- The more power you have, the more
important it is that you use it well. Rule 10. Be forgiving of other people's mistakes. -- You were a network newbie once too! Excerpted from "Netiquette" by Virginia Shea, ISBN 0-9637025-1-3, Albion Books, PO Box Aggie Honor Code At Texas A&M, academic misconduct and dishonesty are taken very seriously. Aggies are expected to behave ethically and exemplify integrity in all that they
do. Simply put, the Aggie Honor Code states: "An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do." Additional Information http ://ogaps.tamu.edu/New-Current-Students/Wo rkshops-and-Tutorials/Graduate-and-Professio nal-Student-Workshops Questions?
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