Distance Learning Agreement
As a student applying for enrollment in a distance learning course in the English department at Texas Tech University, I understand the following requirements regarding technology, library resources, time, text sharing, and the honor system. [click here for a signable pdf version of this statement]
I have access to the following software and equipment and will be able to solve any problems with my equipment and/or software. I have connected to the website at Texas Tech University, to the English MOO, and to WebBoard. I am also able to communicate regularly by email.
Required software: word processing program, email, Adobe Acrobat Reader, a Web browser capable of displaying all course materials (with cookies and java enabled)
Recommended software (required for some courses): graphics program, page layout program, presentation software (such as PowerPoint). I will check with your instructor before registering for a class to determine software requirements for the course.
Recommended hardware performance: I have a computer capable of running multiple applications, able to run the software programs required (above), and suitable for all production and communication requirements of my coursework.
Required internet access. I have broadband Internet access through my home, work, or other means. "Broadband" means minimum speeds equivalent to DSL, satellite, or cable connections.
Email alias. While I am a student, I will maintain and check my TTU email account frequently, understanding that this address is the primary way the university and the TCR program contacts me
I understand that some of my coursework assignments will require me to have access to a library with a collection of scholarly books and journals in the field of technical communication. During the time I am a student, I will periodically test my internet connection to the Texas Tech library's holdings, especially in periodicals and indexes to periodicals. I also understand that some of my course readings will be available via Adobe Acrobat files, MS Word documents, normal web files, and the library's assets.
I understand that distance learning courses in TC at Texas Tech University are taught as organized courses (not "correspondence" courses) and as such begin and end according to published dates and times for the semester. This being the case, I recognize that I am responsible for meeting course deadlines assigned by the instructor. I understand that a graduate level course requires a commitment of at least ten hours per week for participating in group online activities, for reading, and for working on course projects. I also recognize that I am required to participate in a synchronous class discussion on one established day each week (usually 6:00 - 7:30 Texas time).
I acknowledge that many (if not all) of my course-related communications may be viewed by my classmates and other members of the Texas Tech Technical Communication community (WebBoard postings and synchronous discussions in the MOO are recorded and may be published at the course website). I am willing to contribute to discussion in this somewhat public environment and to have my comments included in transcripts of synchronous discussions.
Academic honor, trust and integrity are fundamental to both the scholarly and the workplace communities involving technical communication and rhetoric. They contribute directly to the quality of my education and reach far beyond the campus to my overall standing within the larger community. I recognize that any attempt by students to present as their own any work that they have not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense and renders the offenders liable to serious consequences, including suspension.
I affirm that I belong to the honorable community of Texas Tech University's Technical Communication and Rhetoric program. I will not lie, cheat or steal, nor will I tolerate those who do. I pledge my full support to the Honor System. I agree to be bound at all times by the Honor System and understand that any violation may result in my dismissal from the program.
I have read and understand the requirements regarding technology, library resources, time, text sharing, and the honor system for distance learning courses in technical communication at Texas Tech University. I commit to meeting these requirements.