Demonstration of an UIC Online Class

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Professor Lois Hitchcock shares a demo on how online classes in work in Blackboard


Welcome. This is Lois Hitchcock. I’m a clinical assistant professor in the health information management and health informatics programs at UIC, in the College of Applied Health Sciences. This is an overview of a typical online course in the health information management or health informatics programs at UIC. I’m running this program in student preview mode so that you can view how the course would look when you are actually a student in the program.

Our courses are eight weeks long, however, we are covering 16 week of course content in that eight weeks. The starts dates and the completion dates for all assignments are set at the beginning of the term, so that you can plan ahead. The menu, on the left side, is the easiest way for you to navigate within the course. The announcements, there will be multiple announcements that you will be able to review. You should check daily for new announcements with course updates or reminders of work to do. This is a course that was completed in October. You can see the last assignment was for unit eight. There’s discussion of course evaluations, unit seven, some reminders have been posted.

The syllabus tab contains all the important documents and instructions for this course. There’s information about orientation and how to begin, and which steps you should do in order to begin the class. There’s an orientation video similar to this one we’re going through now. The syllabus highlights the assignments, instructor expectations, and grading information. Textbook information can be found here.

The course schedule outlines all course activities over the next eight weeks, so that you can plan ahead, see what’s going to be due. The grading rubrics identify how points will be distributed for each assignment. If your course has online group discussion, there will be information about how that process is … the expectations are. The code of conduct. You need to read and acknowledge this document to understand your responsibilities as a student.

The course calendar is a printable calendar that shows all start and stop dates for each assignment. Make sure to copy dates into your personal calendar, so that you do not miss out on any dates. Here’s an example. You can see, unit two, is going to open, healthcare professions. There’s the discussion. The dates the discussions will be on. Any other exercise and assignments due date and when the unit closes. You still have access to the information in the unit, you just can no longer complete any of the assignments that were in that unit. Then unit three opens.

Faculty contact information, this is where you can see who is in this class, as far as faculty. The professor and then any adjunct instructors and their contact information.

Units, each course is broken into work units. As you complete one unit, the next unit becomes available based on the calendar. Normally, you would not see all of these open units, because they would not open until they’re available. Each unit contains the textbook readings, exercises, additional online readings and websites, and any specific assignments. You’ve got purpose, objectives, the assignments for this unit, what you should be doing with the textbook, and any exercises, any additional online resources, or websites the professor would like you to review, group discussion, if your class has that, what are you discussing in this unit, any additional assignments for this particular unit.

Discussion board, in a class you raise your hand and ask the questions of the professor. We do that here, in the discussion board. Anything that is general in nature should be addressed here, in questions, for the instructor. Remember, if you have a question, most of the other students probably do too. As you can see, in this particular course, there were 250 posts between the students, myself, just back and forth asking questions.

The student lounge is where the students can go and discuss amongst themselves any questions. A lot of times they’ll get together at national association meetings, and things like that, arranged through the discussion board. The online group discussion board, most classes will have assignments, which include discussion by groups to explore further content and there are no group set up in this particular one for now.

External links, access to the Purdue Owl to help with formatting assignments in APA style, as well as other outside references are specific to each class. Connect and navigate to, in this particular course, uses a publisher’s websites, not all courses will use things like this, products like this, so you’ll find that out from your individual instructor at the time.

Student tools, library resources, student services, and help and support. Student tools will contain email and grading options, where you can find your grades. The library access, here, provides you with information on how to use the library, how to search the database. There are student services available to UIC for academic support. That information is outlined here.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the online courses as UIC. Let your enrollment advisor know if you have any questions.