Technology Requirements

To access Eagle Online, students are responsible for obtaining use of a computer with an internet connection to access the required browser, software, and a personal email account.  Students may use the campus computer labs.

Online classes require you login several times per week and are available to communicate, take tests, and submit assignments electronically.  Face-to-face classroom instructors may require use of Eagle Online.

Readiness Quiz

“Test” yourself to see if online learning is right for you.  This quiz is a series of important questions to ask when considering online classes.

The results of this quiz are for personal use only – no record is kept.

Online Orientation

The Eagle Online Student Orientation is both a sample course and presents basic information about navigation and using Eagle Online.

To view it as a guest, go to Eagle Online login page and enter:

USERNAME: GUEST

PASSWORD: FVCCGUEST

Click the silver START button under Learn to Use Eagle Online on the landing page.  Try it out and see if it is a good fit for you!

You may access the Student Orientation at any time if you are looking for information or as a refresher.  Login to Eagle Online and select Eagle Online Student Orientation from your course selector or click the silver START button under Learn to Use Eagle Online on the landing page.

NOTE: Some instructors may require students to review the Eagle Online Student Orientation and may have a quiz or assignment related to it, but no record is kept of participation or completion of this course.

Online Student Responsibility

Expectations

In online and hybrid learning environments, students must meet certain expectations in order to have a successful experience. General expectations are listed below. Your instructor may have additional or more specific expectations.

Students are expected to…

  • have consistent and regular access to a computer with internet service
    • and are required to check into the course on a consistent and frequent basis
  • have appropriate software and technology as required by their instructor
    • and are required to read the course content including the homepage, course syllabus, module content, and to read and follow the semester calendar
  • communicate with the instructor on a regular basis to ask questions, report issues, get clarification on assignment and/or assessments, and to generally keep an open line of communication on course progress
  • participate in online discussions and other communications with fellow students in a positive and professional manner
  • meet deadlines as indicated by the instructor
  • respond to instructor email/feedback/communication and fellow student communication within a reasonable time frame. A recommendation is within 48 hours

Netiquette

Netiquette refers to the etiquette or behaviors that are acceptable in an online learning environment.  Netiquette guidelines are designed to avoid miscommunications and misunderstandings in an environment where body language and tone of voice are not conveyed.  As in a face-to-face classroom, members of an online class are required to be professional, considerate, calm and respectful at all times. Harassment and offensive behavior or materials are not tolerated.

Tips On Netiquette

Created by Keri Thomas Whiteside, MLS – Information Literacy Librarian (2016).  Trocaire College, https://library.trocaire.edu/services/studentservices/researchassistance/netiquettegraphic/.

Email Basics

  • Always include a subject line in your email.
  • Address your recipient with a salutation, such as Hello or Greetings.
  • Use a closing message such as Thank you.
  • For businesses, instructors or potential employers, use your full name in your sign off.

Tone

  • The person you are contacting or place where you are posting content sets the tone for the language you use.
  • Do not write for instructors, businesses or potential employers like you are talking to a friend.
  • Avoid slang, text speak (LOL, BRB), harassment, and cursing.

Appearance

  • When writing to an instructor, business or potential employer, make sure you use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use a clear, reasonable sized font (10-12 pt.) for readability
  • Avoid using ALL CAPS as that is perceived as shouting.

Ownership

  • Speak only for yourself, not as the group, unless every person is signing off on your statement.
  • It is more effective to defend your personal position than to make sweeping generalizations that can easily be dismissed.

Terminology

  • Refer to people or groups by the terminology they prefer and not those based on personal judgments or biases.
  • This includes the use of a person’s preferred pronoun such as he, she, or they.
  • Respect others appearance, beliefs and experiences.

Length

  • Limit yourself to as few characters or paragraphs as possible.
  • If you find that you need to relay more information, attach a letter to your email, request setting up a meeting or make a phone call.
  • Online communication is short and to the point.
Policies

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Flathead Valley Community College students are responsible for knowing the information, policies, and procedures outlined in the catalog. The College reserves the right to make changes as necessary and once those changes are posted online, they are in effect. Students are encouraged to check online for the current versions of all policies and procedures.

Code of Student Conduct and Student Complaints

The purpose of Board Policy Chapter VII Section 60 Code of Student Conduct and Student Complaints is to promote the prompt and efficient resolution of student conduct violations and student complaints about College employees. The core values of student conduct at FVCC include integrity, community, social justice, respect, and responsibility. Complaints involving discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, stalking, or retaliation are addressed in Board Policy Chapter I Section 60 Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation Policy and the Discrimination and Harassment Grievance Procedure. Copies of the Code of Student Conduct, Student Conduct Procedures, Student Complaint Procedures, and Student Complaint Form may be obtained from the Dean of Student Affairs or online  under Policies, Procedures & Notifications.

The Code of Student Conduct and the student conduct process apply to the conduct of individual students and all College affiliated student organizations. For the purposes of student conduct, the College considers an individual to be a student when the student registers for a class.

Academic Integrity

The faculty, staff and administration of FVCC believe academic dishonesty conflicts with a college education and the free inquiry of knowledge. Plagiarism, cheating, forgery, facilitating or aiding academic dishonesty, unauthorized access, or otherwise manipulating student records, and/or computer programs, are all forms of dishonesty that corrupt the learning process and threaten the educational environment for all students. Academic misconduct is an intolerable offenses in the academic community and is strictly forbidden.

Students at FVCC are expected to practice academic integrity at all times.  Students have full responsibility for the content and integrity of all academic work submitted.  Ignorance of FVCC policy does not constitute a basis for waiving the policy or the consequences for violating that policy. Students unclear about a specific situation should ask their instructors or academic staff who will explain what is and is not acceptable in their classes or on campus.

Violations of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.  Copies of Board Policy Chapter VIII Section 20 Academic Integrity and corresponding procedures may be obtained from the Dean of Student Affairs or online under Policies, Procedures and Notifications.