How is this course structured?
This online course is asynchronous, which means that there is no set time for class and so you do the work on your own time, on your own schedule. Many students like this option, because they work, have family obligations, or live far from KCC.
But this is not an independent educational experience, like a correspondence course. We will be building a community of learners through our discussion forums, which will be held on a private class site in Ning, a social networking site similar to Facebook. The course material is released in weekly modules and needs to be completed during the assigned time.
What personal skills do you need?
To be successful in this course, you have to come to the Laulima website each week. You need to have the discipline to set aside time during the week to view the videos, do the readings, take the quizzes, complete the assignments, and participate in the Ning forums. The Ning site is designed to make you feel like a class, not an individual learner, but you need to set aside the time to participate regularly.
The UH system has a self-assessment test for you to take to help you assess whether an online course is a good fit for you. Click here for the assessment.
What computer skills do you need?
Watch the video below: if you can see and hear it, you should be able to see and hear all the course videos. If you get a security warning from your Flash player, click "ok."
Additionally, you need to be able to:
- Access Laulima (click here to go to the main Laulima site. If you can get in there with your UH user name and password, you will be able to see our site when it is published)
- Visit the required websites (as you have made it to this site, you should be able to access all of the other sites)
- Open .pdf files (click here for a sample)
- Be able to create a document in Word or as a .pdf.