Orientation


Welcome


Welcome to Nicholls Online.

This orientation will show you everything you need to know about our programs and what it takes to be an effective and successful online student. Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, alumni or a returning student, the following pages will help prepare you for distance learning.

As a Nicholls Online student, it is likely that you will be juggling education, work and personal time. It’s important be disciplined in your endeavors and scheduling. Setting goals to help accomplish your educational dreams is the first step on the path to succeed. Take a few minutes to become familiar with Nicholls Online and distance learning before beginning your studies.


Introduction


Introduction

Before taking a Nicholls Online course, it’s important to know what to expect. Students are physically separated from instructors and the university. This separation requires that students be self-directed, taking personal responsibility for learning. It is imperative that you take the initiative and ask questions when you do not understand a concept. Also remain flexible in managing the course workload along with other life priorities. You are responsible for motivating yourself. Before you begin, find out if online learning is right for you by taking this quick survey

Check out the video below, and listen as Nicholls faculty share tips and strategies for student success.


Applying


Applying

If you have any initial questions about Nicholls Online please contact us at NichollsOnline@Nicholls.edu or 1-855-NIC-ONLINE (642-6654). Office hours are M-F, 8 am-4:30 pm CST. If you contact us after hours, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Once you decide the online degree is right for you, the next step is finding the degree that’s right for you. A complete list of Nicholls Online degrees is available on our web page.  Once you are ready to enroll, simply fill out the online application.

*You must choose either Nicholls Online Undergraduate or Nicholls Online Graduate from the application type list.


Getting Started


Getting Started

Once you are registered as a Nicholls Online student, you will be placed in Moodle, our online Learning Management System.  Moodle can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. The Moodle link is on the Nicholls Online main page. Moodle will be your “classroom” for all of your courses.

In addition, all Nicholls Online students will be enrolled in Colonel Connection, a Moodle support page that will provide you with additional information about Nicholls Online and Nicholls State University.

Check out the “Getting Started” video below. You will learn how to log in to Banner, the official records system for the university, and also navigate Moodle. You will be using these two systems frequently during your studies at Nicholls Online.


Computer Skills


Computer Skills

Since 100% of your courses will be online, it is important that you have reliable Internet access and basic computer skills. If you answer “yes” to the following questions, you have the computer skills necessary to succeed at online learning.

  • Can you create, save and manage files on your computer?
  • Can you regularly access Internet email and the World Wide Web (WWW)?
  • If you do not have your own computer, can you gain access to a computer multiple times a week?
  • Do you know how to attach a file to an email message?
  • Do you know how to “copy” and “paste” text from a word processor into an email message?
  • Do you know how to open a file attachment from an incoming email message?
  • Are you comfortable searching the Internet?
  • Can you download software and install it on your computer?

Check out the video below, and listen as Nicholls faculty share technology tips for the online environment.


Time Management


Time Management

Becoming a distance learner requires students to be focused and use good time management skills. Classes are taught in eight-week sessions instead of the traditional 16, so good time management is critical to your success.
Begin by setting realistic set of expectations. Next prioritize tasks, and make a concerted effort to keep to stay on schedule so that you can reach your goals. It is highly recommended that students set long-term (monthly), intermediate (weekly), and short-term (daily) goals.

Check out the video below, and listen as Nicholls faculty share tips and strategies on time managment.


Communication


Communication

Communication is the foundation to your online education success. Separation from your instructor and other classmates greatly increases the need for clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.

It is the student’s responsibility to let the instructor know when he/she has questions, are confused or need technical support.

Please follow these guidelines when communicating in the online classroom environment:
● Use common courtesy and good manners.
● Proper use of grammar, sentence structure and correct spelling is required.
● Adhere to the same standards as you would for written language.
● Remember who your audience is when posting to discussion boards, sending emails or participating in a chat room discussion. You should behave as if you were sitting in a traditional classroom.
● Be clear and concise. Explain your ideas entirely but get quickly to the point.
● Using all capitals is the equivalent of SHOUTING and is considered RUDE.
● Avoid “flaming” or attacking someone for their point of view. Remember that it will be read by many readers, including the instructor. “I” statements are a great way to offer constructive criticism.
● Avoid offensive language.
● Be considerate.
● Don’t advertise.
● Read over what you are going to send at least once, just as you would proof read a paper you submit. Once you submit your work, discussion or email, you cannot change what you have written.
● It is not acceptable for you to present work or ideas of others as your own. If you quote from a source, use quotation marks and provide the original author’s name and the work from which the quotation was taken. If you fail to properly cite sources you use, then you have plagiarized. Use your own understanding of the work, instead of direct quotes if possible, and give credit to the original author by citing name and source of idea.



Assessment


Assessment

The majority of your work will be done on your own time, at your own place. This includes all of your tests and assessments given by the instructors. It is important you remain honest in your work. Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will be reported and possibly expelled from the university.

Plagiarism is?

  • submitting work that is not the student’s own
  • asking a classmate, relative etc. to compose a paragraph, theme or term paper
  • copying printed materials (book, magazine or newspaper articles, etc.) without acknowledging the sources of your information or without placing direct quotes in quotation marks, and
  • using the words or ideas of another person without acknowledging the source

It is the student’s responsibility to be completely honest in all written work.  Students who fail to maintain the required standards of honesty should expect disciplinary action- course failure and possible dismissal from Nicholls.

Some instructors may require certain tests to be proctored at a testing center or approved location.

Student Resources


Student Resources

Below are links to some of the many academic resources available for Nicholls Online students. Individual programs and departments also offer additional resources.

Student Handbook: All Nicholls students – traditional classroom and online student are required to follow the University’s Code of Student Conduct.

Library: The Ellender Memorial Library has online services designed to help online students.

Bookstore: The Nicholls’ bookstore makes it easy for you to search and purchase texts and Nichollls’ gear online.

Counseling: The Nicholls Counseling Center provides professional assistance for students dealing with a range of mental health, wellness and adjustment issues through individual; couple and group counseling; consultation; and various forms of outreach.

Technical Problems:If you are having problems with the technology required for an online course, email your instructor or Nicholls IT support at itsupport@its.nicholls.edu.

About Nicholls: Find out more about Nicholls State University by visiting the campus physically or virtually. Located in Thibodaux, LA along the banks of Bayou Lafourche, Nicholls is a 257-acre campus approximately 50-miles west of New Orleans and 60-miles southwest of Baton Rouge.