The self-introduction is one of the most important tools that an instructor uses to get to know you as a student and as a person. MyCity Online is a learning community--just like any community that you move into for the first time--- you have to introduce yourself to the neighbors (your colleagues).

MyCity Online is more like a gated community with a home owners association. In this case, before you move into the community you meet with the HOA president. Then, the HOA president explains the rules of the community. Just like the HOA president, the instructor wants to get to know you as well.

Your self-introduction is how the instructor gets to know you and what motivates you. The instructor’s job is to facilitate your learning and to motivate you throughout the term. Your self-introduction helps the instructor to be successful in accomplishing this task. In turn, your experience as an online learner will exceed your expectations.

  • A majority of our classes use the asynchronous model.


  • However, there a portion of our courses that uses the synchronous model.


  • HINT: The synchronous model is student initiated. The student can request a time and day to use the Zoom Room to have a live session with the instructor.

  • In MyCity Online, course discussions are the heart of online learning. Course Discussions allow students to share their interpretation of the course content and share ideas with their colleagues. This is how students build learning communities, closeness, and longtime friends.
  • MyCity is a learning community. Every element of the course is used as a learning opportunity.

  • The self-reflection is an opportunity for the student to showcase the knowledge gained in the course of the week. Since this is new knowledge for the student, it must be supported with citations from another source. APA format is necessary for citations.
  • Each course has an assignment due date schedule and late assignment policy.

  • Therefore the assignments due date schedule will vary depending on the course.

  • HINT: Day 1 is the start of the term.
  • In the online environment the learning process comes from within the learning community as students reflect upon the course material and share their thoughts with other students.

  • The online instructor is often referred to as a facilitator or as a "guide on the side."

  • The facilitator guides the flow of the class and enables the students to learn from each other in a collaborative manner.

  • Grade the assignments in 96 Hours and provide constructive feedback for improvement
  • In the online class, every student sits on the front row and actively participates in all aspects of the class.

  • Online students must adequately prepare for the class in order to participate.

  • Evaluation of the students' understanding of the material is based upon their daily involvement rather than on a single event such as a final examination or major research paper.

  • To be a successful online learner, the student must be actively and creatively engaged in the entire learning process.

  • A great benefit of the online class is the amount of time available for student reflection and response.

  • Successful online students are those who are self-disciplined and highly motivated to learn.

  • Productive online students need the ability to work alone while also being able to demonstrate to others good thinking and reflection skills.
  • Weekly announcements are designed to provide students with an overview of what will be discussed throughout the week, tips on assignments and discussions, and encouragement.

  • Students are advised to visit the announcements of their course for pertinent information and communication directly from the instructor.
  • Each course has a due date schedule that lists the days that coursework is due.

  • If the term starts on a Monday, then here are the days of the week:
    • Day 1 = Monday
    • Day 2 = Tuesday
    • Day 3 = Wednesday
    • Day 4 = Thursday
    • Day 5 = Friday
    • Day 6 = Saturday
    • Day 7 = Sunday

  • If the term starts on a Wednesday, here are the days of the week:
    • Day 1 = Wednesday
    • Day 2 = Thursday
    • Day 3 = Friday
    • Day 4 = Saturday
    • Day 5 = Sunday
    • Day 6 = Monday
    • Day 7 = Tuesday
  • Instructors have 96 hours or 4 days to grade coursework for students.

  • If you have not received a grade within this time frame, please refer to my grades for comments or message the instructor for assistance.
  • Each course has a late policy that is located at the end of the Assignment due date schedule.
  • The late policy is designed to deduct either percentage or points from the grade as a penalty for being late.
  • Below are examples of what your late policy in your course may look like.
 Percentage Late Policy Points Late Policy
  • 24 hours          less 10% of grade
  • 48 hours          less 20% of grade
  • 72 hours          less 40% of grade
  • 96 hours          less 60% of grade

More than 96 hours – The instructor will assess the work for content, but no grade will be assigned.
  • 24 hours          1/2 letter grade
  • 48 hours          one letter grade
  • 72 hours          1 1/2 letter grade
  • 96 hours          2 letter grades

More than 96 hours – The instructor will assess the work for content, but no grade
  • View the "How To Upload An Assignment Movie". 
  • View the "Assignment Upload Instructions" help page


  • (1)  follow the steps in order (2) upload your assignment first and wait for the blue line (see below) to go all the way to the right end of the attachment box, (there is a blue progress line underneath the file as well) (3) write in the text box and save button will turn orange and (4) click on save (5) go back into the assignment to make sure that it saved properly.