Here are a few things you should do as you begin this course:
CGHS has two semesters per year, Fall and Spring. Each semester is comprised of two 10-week blocks, Block 1 and Block 2. Fall Block 1 starts the academic year and begins in July.
There is usually one week between the end of Fall Block 1 (FAB1) and the beginning of Fall Block 2 (FAB2) and between Spring Block 1 (SPB1) and Spring Block 2 (SPB2). There are longer breaks between the Spring and Fall semesters.
All CGHS terms start on a Monday and end on a Sunday; the 10 course modules also run Monday through Sunday. Courses are made available to students one week prior to the term start date. This will generally occur sometime prior to noon.
Verify the coming term courses appear on your dashboard. Instructors are not expected to be in the course during the week prior to the term start, and no student work should be submitted; any early work will not receive credit. Specific dates for each module appear on the syllabus.
To find the start dates of blocks, ATSU academic calendars can be found at https://www.atsu.edu/academic-calendar.
Assignment Due Dates:
With few exceptions (noted in the assignment instructions), CGHS assignments are due at 11:59 p.m. Arizona time on the Sunday that ends the module. Courses are set to that time by default.
You may change the time zone to your local time (see CGHS Student Resources > Canvas) and the due date times will translate to your local time (e.g., the due date will become 12:59 a.m. Monday if you are in the Central time zone or 10:59 p.m. Sunday if you are in the Pacific time zone). Specific times appear in the Coming Up section of your courses with due dates for assessments. Remember Arizona does not observe daylight savings time, so the time zone difference will change depending upon the time of the year.
If you change the time zone in your user settings, you can always view the course time zone by hovering over any date and time in your course. The text will show both your local time and course time.
Discussion forums generally require the first post of the module by 11:59 pm Wednesday, with additional postings due by 11:59 pm Sunday. The number of posts, length of required posts, and number of days of participation required vary by forum and program. These requirements can be found in the course and in the syllabus.
Following are CGHS expectations for all instructors. As a student you can expect the instructor to:
CGHS instructors will provide additional information throughout the course by:
Communication is vital for success. It is important to immediately inform your instructor and your Academic Advisor of any issues that will affect course progress such as illness, unexpected travel, family emergencies, and so forth.
For communication with the instructor regarding questions or comments specific to the course, please use the Inbox (Conversations) tool in Canvas. This is the preferred mode of communication for course-related issues. Do NOT use the @atsu.edu email to correspond with your instructor.
It is also imperative that you check your ATSU student email for information from the university such as messages from the Controller's Office, Financial Aid, Student Services, and the Registrar's Office. This is the email address that will be used by ATSU to communicate with you. It is your responsibility to keep informed of your obligations as a student and remain up to date.
When communicating online with your instructor and classmates:
Make sure your online interactions are positive and professional.
Just as in the traditional classroom setting, attending class in an online environment is important. We are all busy with jobs, family, and other commitments, but you will find it easier to manage your time and meet expectations if you schedule specific days and times to attend class. It is expected students will spend 15 to 20 hours per week on the course with a minimum of three hours per week spent in the discussions (reading and responding to peers' postings).
You may need to meet with your instructor one-on-one to discuss components of your learning experience. These individual conference times can be scheduled at any time by sending a request to your instructor using the Inbox (Conversations) tool in Canvas. Conferences can be conducted via phone, chat, or using other tools (such as Skype, Oovoo, or Zoom) that allow video or voice conferencing for free. The selection and use of conference tools is at the discretion of your instructor.