MGT 101, Introduction to Business and Management, E-Class FAQs, The Catholic University of America


Frequently Asked Questions about E-Classes at the Department of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America

Who can take the class?

Anyone can sign up and audit the class where no credit is offered. If the student would like course credit s/he must be enrolled in a degree program at CUA.

When can I take the class?

E-courses are offered during the same academic schedule as the physical classes. See Calendar on home page.

Where can I take the class?

In your pajamas. The E-Classes meet only on-line and will not meet physically In Real Life. You can be anywhere on the planet.

When does the class “meet”?

Any time, on demand. The E-Class has no scheduled meeting class times. They are asynchronous. But there are deadlines.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is the same price as the traditional classes.

How is attendance measured?

It’s not. The assignment discussions, exams and quizzes have deadlines. Your digital work has to submitted to a certain place on-line at a certain time–you are not tied to a physical location.

Will I get attention and guidance from my professor?

Yes. Maybe more than in a physical classroom. The CUA E-Class experience is limited to 20 students. For many students this is a more helpful learning environment than a traditional auditorium with hundreds of people competing for the attention of the professor. There is nowhere to hide in the on-line world.

You will be connected with instructors and classmates through BlackBoard “conversations,” texting or phone.

How does the instructor teach?

Much like the traditional classroom. Readings are assigned, students discuss with the class and teacher. This new knowledge is evaluated by the instructor. A course grade is awarded. Simple.

How will I learn in a virtual classroom?

Reading assignments are reviewed and analyzed on the course Discussion Board on the BlackBoard platform. Here you will have on-line conversations with your classmates and professor.

How does E-Class instruction differ from a traditional class?

The Virtual World is unique. Here at CUA the faculty are most sensitive to lack of visual clues between student and professor. When you take an E-Class you will notice that assignments are carefully broken down into step-by-step modules often with hyperlinks to the next incremental step in the learning process.

How can I reach my professor

By phone, text or email. The course syllabus will list a daily “Fast Back Hour” where Your Business Professor will respond within 60 minutes. Otherwise your professor will respond within 24 hours, except on Sundays.

Is plagiarism a problem?

You might think so. The faculty are most diligent in protecting the exemplary reputation of the CUA student body. We are honored to support the integrity of the institution. Staff may use software to monitor questionable essays. But the small class size allows the professor to know well the finger print–the writing style–of the student. Your Professor will also be asking for early, multiple drafts of assignments.

How do I get tested?

Just like an open-book take-home test you do now. You will load your test answers/feedback on BlackBoard before the announced exam deadline.

Is technology a problem?

It can be. The only challenge may be a dependable internet access. E-Classes are web-based using the BlackBoard Discussion Board and Blogging modules. IT staff are available during business hours.

What does a typical school week look like?

The Alert Student will always know what’s coming. The E-Class syllabus tells the class what reading is assigned and the exam schedule. Usually the Student will complete the week’s readings by a Tuesday and write and load a review of the assignment on BlackBoard’s Discussion Board by Wednesday. The Student will review his fellow classmates work and comment on two other students’ by Friday. Your Business Professor will moderate and evaluate your writing and your comments on other students’ work.

Great! How do I get started?

Click here to register


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  1. October 15, 2012

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