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Online classes: Are they right for you?

Requirements for Online Courses

Whether you are a new or continuing student at NETC, we sincerely hope that you will find your online course interesting and rewarding. If this is your first online course, you should ask yourself these questions:

  1. Can I learn without being part of a group?
  2. Am I a person who often gets things done ahead of time?
  3. Do I enjoy researching and solving a problem?
  4. Do I follow instructions without help from instructors?
  5. Do I schedule my time to meet deadlines?
  6. Do I have time to study to be prepared for tests?
  7. Am I comfortable with computer technology?
  8. Am I a good reader who can usually comprehend what I read?
  9. Do I have the time and transportation to visit campus for tests?
  10. Can I budget my time for class requirements? 
  11. Do I have access to appropriate computer equipment and Internet services?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you’re a good candidate for online courses. If not, you should discuss your selection with your advisor and consider traditionally offered classes or distance learning classes offered at one of NETC’s four campuses.

Next, be sure that you have access to the equipment needed for an online class. If you do not own a computer, you may use college equipment (during the operating hours of the college) or make arrangements to obtain needed equipment and services. 

Required Computer & Technology Specifications:
  • Pentium 800MHz or faster processor or MAC equivalent
  • 512MB of RAM minimum
  • Microsoft Windows Vista or higher or Macintosh Operating System
  • CD-ROM drive 
  • Audio Card
  • Printer
  • Email account: Students taking online courses are required to have an email account, which NETC provides. You are required to use your student email account for your online course; however, in an emergency, you may use a personal email account.
  • Word Processing Software: Microsoft Word preferred (NOTE: your student email account has Microsoft’s SkyDrive, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote); other word processing files must be saved in Rich Text Format (RTF) or Text Format to ensure compatibility with Moodle compatibility with Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).
  • 56K modem minimum, DSL, or cable modem (the faster, the better)
  • Telephone line or other network service
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP) 
  • Latest compatible browser version 
  • Java and JavaScript must be enabled in the browser of choice.
Communication

The first thing you should know following your registration for an online course is your instructor’s name, phone number and email address. This information is posted in each class’ “Instructor Information” block.

Courses show the weekend before the first Monday of class in Moodle. It is required that you contact your instructor during the first five days of class via email or by posting your introduction. In some cases, the instructor or online course development coordinator will contact you during the first five days of class. However, DO NOT WAIT. Find out who the instructor is and make sure there is contact between you and the instructor during the first five class days. You can call (843) 921-6959 or (800) 921-7399, or email moodle@netc.edu for this information. 

You must have access to appropriate computer technology (which is described in each course syllabus) and the appropriate passwords and course information to access the course. Be sure you test your access to get online to your course information. If assistance is needed, contact your instructor or online course development coordinator immediately. Email Marc Weiss: moodle@netc.edu.

You may communicate with your instructor by email, chat rooms, discussion boards, mail, telephone or campus visits.  

Test Taking

There are several ways you may take tests. Your instructor will provide information regarding course assessment (testing, grading, class projects, etc.) via e-mail. The instructor may grade some assignments you submit by e-mail. You may be required to visit campus for a proctored test. The instructor will announce schedules and deadline for testing. Each student is responsible for making an appointment with the Success Center at NETC, if proctored testing is required. Call the Success Center at (843) 921-6958 or 1-800-921-7399. You do not have an appointment until you receive an e-mail reply.

Process for Student Concerns

If you have a concern about the instruction, the instructor, the technology or your grades, follow this process for resolving your concerns. 

  1. The student should first communicate with the instructor to seek solution for the problem. If this contact does not resolve the problem, the student communicates with the online course development coordinator to determine the next method for contacting the appropriate supervisor (dean, assistant dean or department head) to discuss the issue. From that point, the supervisor will assist in seeking a solution or will refer the student to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services. The Student Code & Grievance Procedure (link to PDF) provides details about this process. 
  2. The instructor will attempt to resolve the student concerns; if there is not an appropriate solution, the instructor will refer the issue with documentation to his or her supervisor.
  3. The supervisor will meet with the student and instructor to seek a solution. Based on the results of the meeting, the supervisor will refer the student to the appropriate administrative level. Appeals Process (link to PDF)
Student Responsibilities
  • Comply with the attendance policy for each class.
  • Communicate effectively with the instructor and to meet deadlines for contacts, tests and submission of assignments.
  • Communicate with the instructor when problems occur affecting attendance, meeting deadlines or changing enrollment status.
  • Be committed to completing assignments and fulfilling obligations to the instructor and other students, as required by the class.
  • Show respect for the instructor and other students in all communications, whether in person, online or by phone.
  • Consult the College Catalog (link to online catalog) for information regarding policies and procedures regarding financial aid, attendance, refunds and other related matters.

Resources for Online Courses

NETC Library: Whether you are taking classes on campus or online, Northeastern Technical College's library provides a large collection of research and support information for you. You can find the library in the 500 Building on the Cheraw campus, or access the library's catalog and database online.

Student Resources: If you need services such as counseling, tutoring, or assistance with your academic records, contact the Office of Student Services. You can e-mail your request to admissions@netc.edu or call (843) 921-6933 or (800) 921-7399. Be sure to notify the Office of Student Services if you change your name, address or phone number.

Financial Aid Information

Students receiving financial assistance (including grants, scholarships, VA benefits) must be aware of their obligations regarding the financial award and penalties for paying back unearned monies. The new Earned Aid policies affect your aid. If you withdraw from class or completely withdraw from the college, your aid may be affected, based on Satisfactory Academic Progress regulations. You may be liable to pay the college for overpayments. Make sure you are aware of all policies that affect your aid. Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for policies or more information: (843) 921-6939 or (800) 921-7399.

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