Online Learning

Resources and Expectations for UAB School of Public Health's Online Courses

Student Resources

Note: All School of Public Health courses use Central Standard Time for course deadlines

Additional Student Resources

Technical Support

Canvas

Each online course will be delivered through Canvas, our learning management system.  Your class will appear in Canvas on the first day of classes.

You can login to Canvas with your BlazerID and password in three locations:

Technical Support and Policies for Canvas and Other Online Technologies

In addition to Canvas, online courses may also utilize textbook publisher websites, web conferencing tools, TurnItIn, and other online technologies.

Visit UAB’s Student Academic Technology website (http://www.uab.edu/elearning/academic-technology/student ) to view the following for Canvas and other commonly used technologies:

  • Privacy policies
  • Accessibility statements
  • Tutorials
  • Technical Support

AskIt provides technical support with BlazerNet/Banner, UAB wifi, and other technologies that are not part of Canvas.  AskIt may be contacted at (205) 996-5555 or via chat on the AskIt Website.  View the hours, location, and other information on the AskIt website.

 

Expectations

Minimum Technical Skills

You do not have to be a computer genius to be successful in this course; however, you must be able to:

  • Use a keyboard and mouse
  • Save, open, and edit various file types
  • Open, send, and reply to email
  • Attach/Upload and download files
  • Click on and open hyperlinks
  • Navigate the Internet
  • Navigate the Canvas course environment
  • Download and utilize software and/or plug-ins as specified by your instructor

Minimum Time Requirements and Other Considerations 

  • Students often have the misconception that online learning is easier than on campus instruction. Actually, online instruction is more demanding because is it equally challenging academically, but there are other challenges that require attention. In order to be a successful online student, you must:
  • Log in to each course a minimum of three times weekly
  • Dedicate a minimum of 6 to 9 hours weekly to each course for a 14 week course or 12-18 hours weekly for a 7 week course.
  • Possess excellent time management, reading, and writing skills
  • Avoid procrastination because with technology the only certain thing is that it can fail>

Course Schedule

See the course schedule in the course syllabus for due dates. Refer to UAB Academic Calendar for other important dates. If you wish to observe or celebrate a holiday based on your religion that conflicts with the course schedule, provide the professor with the name of the requested holiday and date of observance at least one week in advance to make the necessary arrangements to complete any work that will be missed during such an absence.

Suggested Study Methods

To be successful in this course the following suggestions are made:

  • Become familiar with the activities in each module to identify any areas of confusion or technical issues
  • Print and regularly check due dates posted on the Course Schedule.
  • Read all of the assigned material.
  • Utilize all of the additional resources provided if you need further clarification of concepts.
  • Complete each module and assessment on time.
  • Participate in class discussions.
  • Study!

Netiquette 

  • Student to Student Etiquette: There are course expectations concerning etiquette or how we should treat each other online. It is very important that we consider the following values during online discussions and when emailing fellow students: Student to Instructor Etiquette: In addition to the above values, I expect that each student will submit completed assignments in a timely manner.
    • Respect: Each student’s opinion is valued as an opinion. When responding to a person during the online discussions, be sure to state an opposing opinion in a diplomatic way. Do not insult the person or their idea. Do not use negative or inappropriate language.
    • Confidentiality: When discussing topics be sure to be discreet on how you discuss children, teachers, and colleagues. Do not use names of people or names of facilities.
    • Format: When posting use proper grammar, spelling, and complete sentences. Avoid using ALL CAPITALS. This signifies that you are yelling. Avoid using shortcuts/text abbreviations such as 'cu l8r' for 'See you later.'
    • Relevance: Think before you type. Keep posts relevant to the discussion board topic.
       
  • Instructor to Student Etiquette: Students can expect that the instructor will also follow the values listed above by checking and responding to emails and grading assignments in a timely manner.

 

School of Public Health's Codes of Conduct

UAB Policies 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham expects all members of its academic community to function according to the highest ethical and professional standards. Students, faculty, and the administration of the institution must be involved to ensure this quality of academic conduct. Academic misconduct undermines the purpose of education. Such behavior is a serious violation of the trust that must exist among faculty and students for a university to nurture intellectual growth and development. Academic misconduct can generally be defined as all acts of dishonesty in an academic or related matter. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following categories of behavior:

  • Abetting is helping another student commit an act of academic dishonesty. Allowing someone to copy your quiz answers or use your work as their own are examples of abetting.
  • Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information, study aids, the work of others, or computer-related information.
  • Plagiarism means claiming as your own the ideas, words, data, computer programs, creative compositions, artwork, etc., done by someone else. Examples include improper citation of referenced works, the use of commercially available scholarly papers, failure to cite sources, or copying another person's ideas.
  • Fabrication means presenting falsified data, citations, or quotations as genuine.
  • Misrepresentation is falsification, alteration, or the misstatement of the contents of documents, academic work, or other materials related to academic matters, including work substantially done for one class as work done for another without receiving prior approval from the instructor.

View this website for more information about plagiarism and the correct way to cite resources in APA style.

Additional School of Public Health plagiarism videos can also be found here. (http://www.soph.uab.edu/studentresources)

For more information read the Undergraduate Student Handbook or the Graduate Student Handbook.

Institutional Refund Policy details the restrictions and limitations for students withdrawing from classes.