Alternative & Distance Learning Courses
Web courses are conducted online. However, students who take online courses which require proctored exams will take those exams in approved testing facilities. Online courses are designated in the course schedule booklet with a “W” (i.e., MAT1230AAW1) in the section number.
Online courses allow students to complete college classes by logging on to those courses’ web pages to access assignments and to engage in online discussions. As part of the coursework, students must actively participate in the class by frequently engaging in discussion forums as required by instructors.
Students must have reliable and consistent access to the web and should be on a broadband system as opposed to dial-up, which presents multiple problems to the user. They must have compatible software for the courses they are taking.
Students need competent computer skills and should have access to MAC e-mail. They also need solid reading, writing, organizational, and time management skills.
When searching for online courses, students may find that some courses have specific requirements outlined in the course details (notes). These notes may indicate that students may be subject to proctored exams or may need specific software or additional equipment.
Web classes usually demand more attention and time than traditional courses. Students who fail to meet participation, academic, or attendance requirements may receive a deduction in their final grade, a grade of “F” for the course, or may be dropped by their instructor(s). Students should refer to their class syllabus for individual class requirements.
Students who enroll in online courses do not need to contact their instructors before the first day of class. Instead, they will receive a welcome e-mail and information from their instructor(s) by 8 a.m. on the first day of class. However, students are invited to contact their instructors beforehand if they have specific questions about the class.
There is an additional fee for each Internet class taken.
Hybrid classes are tailored for both online and traditional, face-to-face delivery. Up to 50% of instruction occurs online while the remaining instruction takes place in a traditional, face-to-face format. Hybrid courses are designated in the course schedule booklet with an “H” (i.e., EDU2200AAH1).
Students should carefully read the schedule notes associated with hybrid classes to ensure they can attend all scheduled classroom sessions. For example, a threecredit hybrid course might meet every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 2-2:50while the remaining work would be completed online. In addition, students must have reliable and consistent access to the web, and they must have competent computer skills to do the required outside work.
A syllabus and information will be given out at the first class meeting. However, students are invited to contact their instructors beforehand should they have specific questions or concerns about the class.
There is an additional fee for each hybrid class.