General Course Information
The Computer Information Systems (CIS) and Computer Skills (COMP) courses at Dixie State University are self-paced with the exception of CIS 2010. These courses are fully instructor supported on campus in Hazy 151. Students log in Canvas and complete the Orientation and the Orientation quiz to begin their homework. Completing the Orientation and Orientation Quiz is mandatory as it informs students what is required to complete the course satisfactorily. Students cannot start on homework until their course quiz is submitted with a satisfactory score.
There are several advantages in a self-paced course. Students work “on their own” setting their own schedule for “class work,” they are able to set their own study and class time and most importantly, they have access to faculty for one-on-one instruction in Hazy 151. Students should set aside up to three “hours per week per credit” hour of the course to work on completing the course assignments.
Students should 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 several online systems used to facilitate CIS and COMP classes. Canvas is the Learning Management System (LMS) currently used, and SimNet and SAM software are used to further assist student’s learning experience. Canvas contains course information including syllabus, section outlines, deadline dates, and basic course information; other communication materials are posted in Canvas as the course might require. SimNet and SAM have interactive tutorials, projects and testing that provides immediate feedback of a student’s progress. SimNet and SAM also facilitates the testing and grading process for faculty.