Sample Week in an Online Course
Our online courses this semester are 100% online and will not require you to be in front of a computer at any certain time. Although the examples below are not inclusive of every course, the sample assignment schedule below provides a common pattern.
Before Day #1: Make sure you know your Trinity login ID and password before the course begins to login to Moodle and access the course information before your first deadline. If your password has expired, take steps to update your login/password information through Technology Services.
Monday: The week’s instruction, readings and forums/assignments are available to review. One full week will be available each Monday.
Thursday: Forum (class discussion) comment is due by Thursday; approximately 250 words showing your perspective of a question or series of questions posed by the instructor to reflect on that week’s lecture/readings.
Sunday: Peer Thread/Response is due by Sunday; 250 words responding to one or more of your peers’ posts from the week’s forum. Individual assignments (see examples below) are also often due on Sundays. After Sunday at midnight, you will have access to the next week’s assignments on Monday.
Each Week Lecture/Readings
The lectures might be a video, Power Point or another format for the instructor to capture instruction of the topic. The readings might be articles, websites, chapter from a textbook, etc.
Each Week Discussion Forum Participation
This is the most important distinction between live and online instruction. Your online forum discussions will be a venue for you to be heard and for your instructor to measure your class participation. It will also be an opportunity for you to engage and collaborate with other students. You will participate every week and should expect to login to your course page at least twice a week, once for your perspective and again to reflect on your peers’ responses.
Assignments Throughout 8 Weeks
The assignments in our in person or online courses are geared to provide students with practical application of what they learn in class and can then use in their classroom. Although online courses could have different and/or more assignments than outlined below, the following are examples of assignments in one online course:
- Article/Literature Review: Locate a current research article related to a topic of study in the field of content reading. Prepare a summary/review of the article, with reference information; include a discussion of implications for your classroom in the review of the article.
- Mid-term Project: Create a Power Point slide show (10 slides) that reflects 5 reading strategies/techniques that you feel are most conducive to your content area.
- Final Project: Construct a two day lesson plan that encompasses at least 3 strategies covered in the course or readings.