Can I finish the course early?
This depends on the calendar set up by the instructor and the course requirements.

 

Do I ever need to come to campus?
Some courses require on-campus proctored exams. Please check with the course requirements online or directly with the instructor.

 

Do I need a textbook?
Textbooks and other materials for the course are incorporated into the MOODLE Web site course room as part of your online package. Each course requires specific guidelines for textbooks and/or access codes to enter the course.

 

Do I need to be on the computer at any specific time?
No. You can log into your course at your convenience. However keep in mind that many instructors require specific online course requirements throughout each week. You are responsible for all online course requirements. Some instructors may require a synchronous chat with fellow classmates.

 

Do I need a username and password for my course?
You will need your webmail user and password to get into the MOODLE website.

 

Do I need to know Windows?
You should be able to navigate the Windows OS, have strong email and word processing skills.

 

How do I register?
You can register online through the Essex County College website.

 

How much time will the course take?
The same as in a regular in-class course, the equivalent of 3 class hours and 3-6 hours of homework a week. Because you are taking this course at your convenience you are responsible for keeping up with the coursework, and making sure that you check and adhere to all deadlines.

 

I don’t know the Internet, can I still take the course?
No. You should have strong internet skills and how to navigate through a browser before taking an online course. We recommend that you DO NOT take an online course at this time.

 

What is the cost?
Online courses cost the same per credit hour as any other course at Essex County College.

 

What if I don’t have a computer?
You could use the computers in the various assigned computer labs. However, if you do not own your own computer with an Internet connection we recommend that you do not take an online course at this time.

 

What help will I get?
You are responsible for all course information and course navigation throughout the semester. Once you have logged into your course you can ask fellow students and your instructor for assistance.

 

What kind of computer do I need?
A PC or a MAC with an internet connection is appropriate. To check to see if your computer is compatible go to the computer settings page.

 

What if I use a Macintosh computer?
You should be able to navigate the MAC OS, have strong email and word processing.

 

What are the college’s policies for withdrawing from an online course?
Essex County College’s policies for withdrawing from an online class are based on the academic calendar of the institution offering the course. For complete information about course withdrawals, visit WebServices.

 

What if I want to see the instructor?
You can arrange this with the instructor. Instructors will post their on-campus office hours in their syllabus.

 

What if I have extenuating circumstances or my schedule is really erratic?
You are responsible for all course requirements. If you have specific circumstances, speak to your instructor to discuss assignments and completing the online course. This should be done at the beginning of the course or when you are aware of certain circumstances.

 

When does my online course begin?
Your online course begins the first day of the beginning of the Academic Calendar. Unless otherwise instructed, your class begins on the first day of the semester.

 

When does the course start?
Online courses start the first day of the academic semester.

 

When do I get my password and can enter the course?
Online courses follow the same academic calendar that traditional on-campus courses as Essex County College. Your username and password will be the same as your webmail address.

 

Who provides my Internet access from home?
You are responsible for your own ISP (Internet Service Provider).

 

I still have questions.
If you have questions please e-mail us at tpage2@essex.edu or rvanorde@webmail.essex.edu. Include your full name and your complete question.