Once you have registered for an online course, here are a few important items to consider before classes start:
Your Carleton Account
If this is your first time taking a course at Carleton University, you will need to activate your MyCarletonOne account. It gives you a Carleton email account and access to Carleton’s learning management system – cuLearn.
Activating your Carleton email – or CMAIL – account is important because this is how the university communicates with you. You can also expect your course instructors to contact you through your CMAIL account.
In cuLearn, you will find your course syllabus, contact information for your instructor, and course materials that your instructor will use to deliver the course.
How do I participate?
In online courses, students interact with the instructor, course materials and other students completely online. How and when you participate in your online course largely depends on how the instructor has structured it. Your course might,
- require you to meet online at a specific time using tools such as BigBlueButton or Zoom;
- have learning modules that are entirely self-paced; or
- be a combination of both kinds of activities.
These different types of online courses are referred to as synchronous, asynchronous and blended, and each comes with its own set of technical requirements for participation. Check your course outline to find out how your course will be delivered.
Students registered in T and V sections of courses can access their lectures from the VOD (Video on Demand) website. The VOD service allows students to watch pre-recorded lectures online. VOD fees are waived for the 2020 summer term.
What is expected of me?
Be an active participant: Being a successful online student requires more than passively engaging with course material. It takes effort, discipline and organization. Take an active role in your learning and stay connected by checking your CMAIL account daily and logging into cuLearn regularly. Use the online environment to interact, collaborate and engage with your instructor and classmates. Online learning is not intended to happen in isolation – quite the opposite!
Plan ahead and stay disciplined: You might think that an online course will not require as much of your time as a face-to-face course, when in fact, it might be quite the opposite. Online learning requires a great deal of time investment and discipline. You should be prepared to spend anywhere from four to 15 hours per week reviewing course materials or working on assignments in each online course. It’s important that you set a schedule for course work and stick to it.