General Course Information
The Computer Information Systems and Computer Skills courses at Dixie State University are all self-paced except for CIS 2010. Students can meet at the beginning of the semester in an Orientation Session where an instructor gives an overview of the specific course work, or they can log into Canvas and complete the Orientation and the Orientation quiz so they can get started on their homework. These courses are fully instructor supported on campus.
Orientation Schedules are available by clicking the Schedules link at the left or they can be found in Canvas under your class link. Completing the Orientation and Orientation Quiz is mandatory. This is where the students learn what is required to complete the course satisfactorily and students cannot start on homework until the quiz is submitted.
There are several advantages in a self-paced course. Students work “on their own” setting their own schedule for “class work.” Students are able to set their own study and class time and most importantly, they have access to faculty for one-on-one instruction in the Smith Computer Center. Student should set aside 3 hours per week per credit hour of the course to work on completing the course assignments.
The student will develop lifetime skills in personal time management and the ability to interpret and transform written instructions into course achievement objectives. These lifetime skills are mastered in addition to the various subject materials for each course.
There are two on-line systems, Canvas and SAM2010 that the students use to further assist their learning experience. Canvas contains course information including syllabus, section outlines, deadline dates, and basic course information. In addition, other materials are provided in Canvas as the course might require. SAM2010 is an interactive tutorial and testing system that provides immediate feedback of a student’s progress. SAM also facilitates the testing and grading process for faculty.