Student Online Expectations - Life Sciences

  • Online does not mean easier or less time spent learning! Students will be expected to learn the same amount of material as in a fully seated course. Successful students generally spend 12-18 hours of study time on the course each week in addition to time spent completing their assignments.
     
  • It is important to manage your time to be successful - set a schedule and stick to it! Studies say you should set aside the same times each week for your studying - the amount of time you set aside should align with the guidance above.
     
  • Do not wait until the day an assignment is due to begin working on it! Use your scheduled time wisely and complete assignments as early as possible in case you have any questions or run into any problems. We do not have self-paced classes; students submit assignments each week for attendance, feedback, and grading.
     
  • Order your required materials as early as possible (Textbooks, Lab Kits, etc.) and download/open all software and programs that you will use as soon as you know you’ll be using it based on guidance from your faculty member (e.g. Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, Respondus, Tegrity, Flipgrid, etc). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their technology works. If you need assistance, please contact the Wake Tech IT Department at 919-866-7000.
     
  • On the first day of class, access your Blackboard courses and complete the Course Entry Quiz (CEQ). To help you with time management and successful navigation of the course materials, spend time becoming familiar with each instructor and course information such as the opening announcements, syllabi, calendars, attendance requirements, lesson formats, and test schedules.
     
  • If financial assistance is needed to purchase lab kits or other at home lab supplies in addition to the normal cost of the textbook, please reach out to Wake Tech Answers at [email protected] or 919-866-5000.
     
  • Use of Chromebooks (or similar computers with minimal capacity to download and install software) is discouraged as they can not run all necessary and needed programs for our classes. If you are in need of assistance in getting a computer that meets the necessary standards for the course, please contact Wake Tech Answers at [email protected] or 919-866-5000.
     
  • Access to a webcam and microphone, even through your cell phone, is highly encouraged and needed to communicate and participate fully in online activities. If you need help affording a webcam and/or microphone, please contact Wake Tech Answers at [email protected] or 919-866-5000.
     
  • Remote proctoring (via software that you must download and install on your computer) or limited in-person proctoring may be used for major summative assignments (e.g. exams and lab practicals).
     
  • Online Exams have a different format than seated exams, including time limits, presentation of questions one-at-a-time, and not allowing you to review already answered questions. Please see your syllabus or contact your instructor for their specific test format.
     
  • Engage with your instructor during their online office hours. These are times set aside specifically to help students with any questions or issues they might have with the course material. You can drop in and ask a single question, or many questions, to help clarify the course and material.
     
  • Be sure to check your Blackboard sites every day for any updates, Announcements, or reminders of upcoming assignments.
     
  • Be sure to check your official Wake Tech email at least once per day, and respond to instructor emails within 48 hours (not including weekends and holidays).
     
  • If contacting faculty via email (only through your official Wake Tech email), Teams chat, or Discussion Board, please allow 24 hours of response time (not including the weekends or college holidays), as a general rule. Faculty will provide their guidance on timelines and preferences for communication in their syllabus.
     
  • All communication with Wake Tech faculty, staff, and your fellow students should be professional and in line with the Student Code of Conduct.
     
  • Faculty like to hear both your challenges and your successes! Please reach out to them if you have questions or problems, but also please touch base with them once in a while to let them know what you like about the class or what you’re doing to be successful in the course!
     
  • Other Useful Resources and Contacts:
    • Issues with Blackboard, your Wake Tech email, Exam Proctoring software, other computer issues - Contact Information Technology Services at 919-866-7000
    • Financial Aid Questions - Contact the Financial Aid Office at the links found at their website.
    • Help with Planning Courses Toward Your Degree - Contact Academic Advising at the links found at their website.
    • Financial Help, Help with Food Security, Housing Assistance, and other needs - Contact Student Advocacy Support at their website.