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Frequently Asked Questions about Online Learning
Below are some common questions students have regarding Colorado Mountain College Online Learning courses. They cover such topics as computer knowledge/requirements, campus visits, and acquiring course materials/information. Please visit the pages for each type of course. If the items contained here or on the other Online Learning pages do not answer your questions, please feel free to contact any one of the following people.
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Common Questions about the Online Learning
Can anyone take Online Learning courses?Yes, but Online Learning courses are not for everyone. To be able to successfully complete a web course, you need to be self-motivated. You will not regularly attend class on campus. Some people learn best by interacting face to face with other students. Interaction in a web course is achieved via writing and email. Students benefit from greater freedom to schedule their time and complete their educational goals by working independently from home or work.
Interactive Video System classes are different from web courses in that all students can see and hear the instructor. Therefore, IVS courses require classroom or site attendance during all scheduled times. You need to have available time during your schedule to attend class in one of the designated locations at the scheduled times.
Where can I find a listing of all current Online Learning courses?There are a couple different ways to find out what Online Learning courses are currently being offered.
How competent do I need to be with my computer if I take a Web Course?Students considering modem-delivered classes should be comfortable with the following computer skills:
How will I find out the course information?
How will I be able to obtain the required materials such as textbooks?Students enrolled in web and IVS courses will be responsible for acquiring the required text on their own. When students download/pick up a syllabus it will have book information included. Most books for web and IVS courses are available through CMC Online Bookstore. Students should place orders directly through the Colorado Mountain College Online Bookstore.
How are exams and homework handled?
Most web course lessons and assignments are done online using a variety of evaluation tools. Online interaction usually takes place within the learning managements system (Canvas or Blackboard). Some instructors may give midterm and final exams on campus. Some classes substitute projects or papers in lieu of exams.
Homework for web courses is submitted via your computer in a variety of methods. Most often this involves sending email to your instructor. Email and/or discussion boards are sometimes used as well. Assignments are usually listed on the web or in the syllabus you receive.
If I am taking a Online Learning course, will I have to go to campus at all?If you are enrolled in a web course ... possibly. Students may be asked to visit their local CMC campus to view or check out videotapes and utilize library resources. This information is also given to you at the orientation or in the syllabus.
If you are enrolled in an IVS course ... yes! IVS Courses require classroom or site attendance during all scheduled times. This class is similar to any regular class, except for the fact that some students are at different sites seeing, hearing, and interacting with the class via live interactive video.