to Distance Learning at I.A.U.!
We are delighted you have registered for a Distance Learning
Course. We hope you will feel an important part of I.A.U.’s
community of learners even though you may be located many
miles from our campuses. We also hope that by offering you
courses that give you a little more flexibility that we have
made it possible for you to add lifelong learning to your
already, very busy schedule.
This Distance Learning Student Orientation Handbook is designed
to help you make an easy transition to learning away from
very important points to keep in mind:
Learning through distance learning courses takes just as
much time and effort as learning through an on-campus course!
Distance learning courses are always open. Please contact
your mentor if you have any question about options available.
for Admission to I.A.U. from Off-Campus
and complete an Admissions Application available from this
address and phone number:
International Admissions Office
246 W.38th Street
New York, NY 10018
or call (646) 366-1318
Return the Admissions
Application to the Admissions Office.
Testing for Distance Learning Students
placement testing at a distance must contact I.A.U.’s
Testing Services Office by phone at (212) 465-3434 or fax
at (734) 448-8254. You may also contact the Testing Services
Office at this website: www.iauniversity.net
Once distance testing
is approved, the student must locate an accredited testing
site in his or her area. The student must then call I.A.U.
Testing Services and provide information about the testing
site, the testing administrator, and the phone number. I.A.U.’s
Testing Services staff will contact the testing site and the
individual accepting the responsibility for administering
the placement test.
The off-site testing
center will return the placement exam to I.A.U.’s Testing
Services, who will grade the test and upload the information
into I.A.U.’s Banner system. I.A.U. Testing Services
will mail the test results to the distance learning student
and provide the student additional information via Internet,
phone, or fax.
New students who
have never attended a college or university in the United
States are required to follow an orientation session before
registering. Transfer and returning students are strongly
encouraged to attend.
Call (212) 465-3434
to arrange to have an orientation brochure sent to you. Or
send an e-mail message to Emy Jones.
Financial aid is
available for distance learning courses.
You can send specific
questions to the Financial Aid Office at this e-mail address:
Once you have been
admitted to I.A.U., you can register for classes through the
I.A.U.’s student telephone registration system. The
system is available Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to
students use counseling and academic advising to help ensure
their success in distance learning courses.
Advisement is recommended
for all students prior to registration. Students needing information
about course selection and/or program requirements may obtain
advisement by calling the Secretary of General Coordination
As a distance learning
student, you will be receiving numerous mailings from I.A.U.’s
Distance Learning Office and from your mentor through the
mail. The first time your mentor contacts you may be to send
you a syllabus before the term begins by mail. Therefore,
it is critically important that I.A.U. have your current address,
phone number, and e-mail address.
To change your
address, send your new address in a letter to this address:
Office of the Registrar
246 W. 38th St.
New York, NY 10018
Please be sure
that I.A.U. has your current telephone number and address.
Otherwise you will miss an important packet of information
about your Distance Learning experience at I.A.U..
an e-mail Account
Many of the courses
at I.A.U. require or strongly advise that you have an e-mail
account and access to the Internet.
If you already
have Internet service at home, you are ready to go. If you
do not already have an e-mail account, you can open a free
e-mail account. Your e-mail account will give you the ability
to send and receive e-mail from any computer as well as participate
in online discussions.
To obtain a free
e-mail account for students who have paid their registration
fee and/or tuition, please visit this website:
Signup: http://www.email.com or http://www.collegeclub.com
You may purchase
textbooks through the I.A.U. Bookstore by phone, fax, or mail.
You can also contact the I.A.U. Bookstore at this e-mail address:
Note: Some distance
learning courses use textbooks that are different from the
textbooks used by the on-campus courses. Please check your
syllabus for the correct textbook your distance learning course
When you ask for help at the Bookstore, please mention that
you are looking for a textbook for a distance learning course.
When you register
for a distance learning course, the Distance Learning Office
will send you a packet of information. Included in that packet
is a Textbook Order form. You can mail or fax the Textbook
Order form to these addresses:
246 W. 38th St.
New York, NY 10018
and Registration Fees
You can pay your
tuition and fees by mail. Your Student Schedule and Fees Statement,
which will be sent to you after you register, states the amount
of tuition you owe. Please pay the exact amount show on your
students enrolled in telecourses, Internet courses, dual courses,
and correspondence courses receive ten (10) days from the
date they register for classes to pay tuition and registration
fees to I.A.U.’s Cashier’s Office. Check the Course
Schedule to determine which courses are telecourses, Internet,
or correspondence courses. Telecourses are indicated by a
"T," Internet courses by "I," dual courses
by "D," and correspondence courses by "C."
If you fail to
pay the exact amount of your tuition within the ten days,
you may be disenrolled from your courses.
Checks and money
orders must be payable to I.A.U. for the exact amount and
must include the student's ID number.
learning students with ten days to pay tuition does not set
aside a very important date—the last date to drop a
class and receive a tuition refund. The last date to drop
a class and still receive a tuition refund is the tenth day
of the term. If you drop a class after the tenth day of the
term, you will not receive a tuition refund. Your status will
be shown as "withdrawn" from the class, and the
class will show on your I.A.U. academic transcript.
A Tuition Payment
form is included in the packet you receive from I.A.U.'s Distance
Learning Office when you register for a distance learning
After you have
registered for a distance learning course, you will receive
a packet of information from I.A.U.’s Distance Learning
Office. The packet may contain the following items:
Ø Course Syllabus
Ø Your Student Schedule and Fee Statement
Ø Student Contact Sheet
Ø Tuition Payment form
Ø Book Order form
Ø Questions and Answers about Distance Learning
Ø Telecourse rental form (included only for students
enrolled in telecourses)
Ø How to obtain a I.A.U. E-mail Account
Ø How Can You Be a Good Distance Learning Student
Some packets will
contain the additional following information:
Your mentor will
always contact you to answer your specific questions about
If your mentor has been unable to contact you, you must contact
your mentor. You can find your mentor’s email address
or phone number by checking these sources:
Ø the Student
Contact sheet, which is included in your Distance Learning
Ø the Distance Learning Catalog
Distance Learning Office is located within the Office for
The Distance Learning
Office works with the following people:
Ø with faculty
to prepare distance learning courses
Ø with Registration to schedule distance learning courses
Ø with students who want to learn more about distance
Ø with TAL-NET, and Cable One to schedule telecourses
Marisol Espaillat by phone at (212) 465-3434 or by e-mail
at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about learning
at a distance.
of Distance Learning at I.A.U.
at I.A.U. involves educational and instructional activities
designed to overcome barriers of time or space in support
of I.A.U.’s missions and goals. Instruction by distance
learning has developed into a "preferred alternative"
for many people and provided access to individuals who seek
education and training. Distance learning is an effective
means of facilitating learning, especially suited to reach
a number of busy people who wish to increase their knowledge
and skills without giving up their jobs, leaving home, or
current efforts in distance learning include:
televised on KNME-TV
Ø Correspondence study
Ø Video instruction
Ø Cablecast of the Teach and Learn Network (TALNet)
Ø Internet access
Ø Courses provided in the electronic classroom
Ø Dual courses that combine telecourses with Internet
learning students use counseling and academic advising to
help ensure their success in distance learning courses.
Staffed by Licensed
Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical
Counselors (LPCC), and support personnel, I.A.U. Counseling
Services is dedicated to providing all students with quality
services. All information resulting from counseling is held
in strict confidence. Counseling Services is committed to
providing services for all persons without regard to sex,
race, national origin.
distance learning students are self-sufficient, self-directed
learners. They are resourceful and independent individuals,
who can balance family responsibilities, work duties, and
their academic workload by exercising control and balance
in their daily lives.
learners appreciate the flexibility that distance learning
courses offer. Students can watch a telecourse video or participate
in an online class discussion at their convenience, yet they
understand they must devote the same amount of time or possibly
more time to participating in a distance learning course as
they devote to a traditional course.
v organize your
daily life to schedule time for learning?
v adhere to a schedule?
v set a priority
v work independently?
v ask for help
when you need it?
v take responsibility
for your learning?
v follow the orientation
v take time to
read the syllabus, course schedule, or class calendar?
v assemble the
course materials your mentor requests?
v become familiar
with all class policies?
v ask questions
when you have them?
v complete assignments
v ask for helping
managing time if you need it?
v keep your mentor
informed of issues?
v create a master
calendar for the term that shows all assignments, tests, and
reports for all your classes?
v think about the
material as you view or read?
v schedule frequent,
short review sessions?
I.A.U. owns and
operates a variety of computer, network and telecommunication
systems, which are provided for the use of I.A.U.'s students,
faculty, staff, and the public in support of the programs
of the Institute and are to be used for instruction, learning,
research, and administrative use only. All persons using these
systems are responsible for seeing that these systems are
used in an effective, efficient, ethical, and lawful manner.
policy provides guidelines for the use of individual systems
establishes rules and prohibitions that define acceptable
use of these systems. Unacceptable use is prohibited, and
violation of these policies is grounds for loss of privileges,
as well as disciplinary action as outlined in the I.A.U. Employee
Handbook, Student Handbook, and Supervisors' Procedure Manual
and possible legal sanctions under Federal, State, and local
learning students have many learning resources available to
help them with research and class assignments.
On I.A.U.'s campuses,
students have access to these online databases:
Host, which offers more than 1500 periodical, magazine, and
Ø First Search, which contains about 60 databases,
including ERIC, ABI/Inform, MedNet, and more.
From anywhere on
the Internet, students have access to the Internet search
engines, such as:
Ø Alta Vista
local community probably offers you resources that will round
out the resources I.A.U. offers you. In your local community,
look for these local resources:
Ø community college and university libraries
can publish anything on the World Wide Web. Please do not
use information you find on the World Wide Web for your class
assignments until you have evaluated that information for
its accuracy, authority, and objectivity.
Code of Conduct
students must read and follow I.A.U.’s Student Code
You must respect
the your classmates' and mentors' privacy and the work or
comments they produce. All assignments you submit or tests
you take must be your own work unless your mentor has requested
that you work in groups. You may not submit work that is plagiarized
or violates copyright laws.
It is also your
responsibility to respect copyright protection of licensed
You can find both
a current list of the distance learning courses offered at
I.A.U. as well as the list of proposed distance learning courses
for the coming term at this website: Spring 2000 Distance
Your mentor will
be immediately assigned upon registration. He/she will be
at your disposal at all times.
to be an Internet Student
Do you use a computer
everyday?. When you have a problem with your computer, do
you have someone you can call to fix it within 24 hours? Do
you use your e-mail program everyday?. Can you use a search
engine like Yahoo or Alta Vista or WebCrawler to find information
on the 'Net'?. Can you send your assignment to your mentor
through an e-mail message with file attachments?. Can you
print web pages from the Internet?. Would you like to access
a bulletin board or pose questions in a chat room?. You will
use a computer, e-mail, and the Internet everyday if you take
an Internet course. You will frequently sent assignments to
your mentor through the Internet and participate in Internet
complete online courses, you will need the following:
to a computer (for MMS 296C, you will need a multimedia computer
with CD-ROM, sound card, and speakers) at least a 56.4 modem
for Internet connection access to an Internet service provider
(ISP) and the World Wide Web word processing software Netscape
7.0 or higher or Internet Explorer 7.0 e-mail account
If students do
not have computers at home, they can use the computers in
I.A.U.'s Open Computer Labs.
Students must be
send, and receive e-mail
Ø use a www browser
Ø read web pages and follow links
Ø subscribe to list-servs
Ø post messages to bulletin boards
Ø participate in a chatroom
Ø Send your
e-mail address to your mentor as soon as possible
Ø Spend time learning the buttons, icons, features
of your online course before you start the first assignment
Ø Create a schedule for reading online, printing text,
participating in online discussions, completing and submitting
Ø Do not allow yourself to get behind
Ø Remember when you put something off until tomorrow,
tomorrow is when your car is guaranteed to break down, your
kids will get sick, or you get unexpected company
your mentor and classmates in an Internet course is different
from talking to them face-to-face. Since all we see are the
words printed on the screen, we miss the body language and
facial expressions that accompany the words. We may not know
when you are joking. Please review your comments before you
enter them and make sure the words say what you want to convey.
Once your comments are entered, it may take some time for
you to notice the impact of your comments, and it will take
some time for you to clarify your meaning.
It is a very good
idea to follow "Netiquette" when you are participating
in an online class discussion. Here are a few good points:
the Golden Rule
Ø Don't type in ALL CAPS--that's called shouting
Ø Use "Emoticons"
The word "emoticon"
is a combination of two words--emotion and icon. They are
little "emotion pictures".
Tilt your head to the left and see if you can see a smiley
face here :-)
But sometimes we
get in a hurry and forget the nose and type :)
Sad faces are just
as easy :-( or :(
Some people like
to wink at you ;-) or ;)
Some folks use asterisks around words you want to *emphasize*,
and we also sometimes use underlines _like this_ to imply
the phrase is underlined.
Use Emotion Words
Sometimes it is
better yet to just use emotion words and put them in brackets.
If you were talking about my bad hair day, you might [snicker]
Use a word processor,
such as Word, or WordPerfect, or even Notepad (in your Accessories
folder, most likely) to compose your posting. Get it the way
you want, all spell-checked and everything, then highlight
it, (or select all) then copy it (Control-C) then switch to
the browser where you can see the box where you want to post
your message, then paste it (Control-V). Your words will be
there. This method is for those who want to think about their
message, re-word it, play around with paragraphs, etc.
to be efficient with your e-mail. You may have hundreds of
e-mail messages before your course is completed. Learn to
keep your e-mail in separate folders. Contact the Open Computer
Labs for help.
must either have or develop
time management skills
Ø independent-learning skills
Open Computer Labs
If students do
not have computers at home, they can use the computers in
I.A.U.'s Open Computer Labs.
How to be a Telecourse Student
watch videotapes on certain channels to hear course material.
However, merely watching a television program is not learning.
Watching the videotape is a part of learning. You must watch
the videotapes with a purpose in mind. You must do something
with the information after you watch the television. Your
mentor's syllabus and your telecourse study guide will help
you form a purpose for watching the videotapes.
Your mentor may
require you to also participate in online class discussions
or come to campus for orientations, tests, and writing exercises.
Your syllabus will tell what your course requirements are.
learning at I.A.U. is a new initiative, the mentors and the
Distance Learning Office would like to hear your thoughts
about your experience as a distance learning student. Your
thoughts will help I.A.U. improve the services and courses
offered to you through distance learning. Your input is crucial.
Please share your
thoughts about distance learning courses. Here are the ways
1. Toward the end
of each term, the Distance Learning Office will mail out a
survey to each distance learning student. Please fill out
the survey and return it to the Distance Learning Office in
the envelope provided. Your answers will be kept anonymous
and will not influence your grade in your course.
2. Please informally share with us what it was like for you
to be a distance learning student. Talk to the Distance Learning
Some of your courses
will use WebCT. WebCT stands for World Wide Web Course Tools.
Some mentors use WebCT to post their syllabi, course calendar,
online quizzes and to conduct online class discussions.
WebCT courses are
password-protected. Your teacher may create your password
and account for you or ask you to create your own password
For some tips on
getting started with WebCT, click here.
Learning Delivery Fees
The I.A.U. Governing
Board has established the following fees for students enrolling
in Distance Learning Courses effective Spring Term 2003. These
fees are charged per course in addition to regular tuition
1-4 credit hours:
$30 per credit hour per course
5 or more credit hours: $120 per course
These fees do not
apply to courses taught in the Electronic Classrooms.