Attendance is required.
BASIC IDEA: Excessive absences (more than 15%) will result in a F as a final grade.. More than two weeks (of 7 days) in an online course is excessive absences. In an online course you are present when participating in the Discussion Board.TRADITIONAL CLASSES: Attendance is taken by having students sign an attendance sheet.
ONLINE CLASSES: The Course Management Program (BlackBoard) keeps a record of when a person enters the class and of all the postings. That record is used for attendance. Those participating in the class should make every effort to enter the course space program at least 3 to 5 times (different days!!!!) each week and to spend several hours there each time. Four absences of four days in a row will result in a final grade of F.
ONLINE SUMMER SESSION: You are required to enter the discussions and post on 2 of every 3 days for the 7 weeks. Three absences of three days in the summer session will result in a final grade of F.
EXCUSED ABSENCES: Absences may be excused if the student sends an email to the instructor with an explanation of the absence and the exact dates of those absences.
HOLIDAYS: There are no observances of Holidays or HOLY DAYS in the construction of the online course. Any person may take off on any day for any reason. The class goes on. Observe the due dates. Plan accordingly if you are taking certain days off for whatever reasons. REMEMBER : You must INTERACT in the discussions and so you must post on at least THREE different days each week.
There are no vacation periods in the design of the online class. There is a week in the middle of the semester to be used for evaluations and corrections and you may use it to catch up on reading or for the revisions of assignments. It is place in the middle for pedagogic reasons. It has no relation to whenever Thanksgiving or Easter or spring break or any HOLY DAY or HOLIDAY may fall.
If you are going away on a vacation at any point during the semester the class will go on and you are expected to continue to participate. Why did you choose to have a vacation in the middle of a semester? The class will go on and you are expected to continue to participate. INTERNET ACCESS is available around the world. You may use libraries, internet cafes or commercial locations such as Kinko's all over the USA.
MID SEMESTER BREAK:
Spring break may or may not fall at the same time as the MID SEMESTER BREAK.
When it does then follow what is described above concerning the mid semester
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