Regular and prompt attendance is essential for academic success. Faculty members take attendance at each scheduled class session. Students are expected to attend and be on time for all classes. Individual faculty members may establish specific attendance policies. It is the responsibility of the student to know and follow the attendance policy as required for each course. Students with excessive absences may be referred to a counselor. Insufficient attendance at regularly scheduled classes may result in failure or removal. A student who is absent from all classes during the first ten class days of the fall and spring semesters will be recorded as a “No Show.” A withdrawal will appear on the student’s record and the student will be notified of the “No Show” status by the Registrar’s Office. Students are advised that “No Show” status in one or more courses may affect their eligibility for financial aid and veterans’ benefits . Students who stop attending classes and do not formally withdraw will be recorded as “not in attendance” and will receive grades of “F.” This status may also affect their eligibility for financial aid and veterans’ benefits.


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 and course technology fee. Each course requires specific guidelines for textbooks and/or access codes to enter the course materials.


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 at times.


Do I need a username and password for my course?
You will need your webmail user and password to get into the MOODLE website. If you are unsure, Click here


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


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


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?
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. A course technology fee of $200 is charged at the time of registration. This fee is charged to provide you with an E-Text and all digital materials.


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 your instructor for assistance. You can also email 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. Note: You should use a laptop or PC for all courses as tablets are not currently supported.


What if I use a Macintosh computer?
You should be able to navigate the MAC OS.


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 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. Be sure to login and complete the orientation within the 1st week. Otherwise you will be considered a no show.


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. Visit portal to obtain your credentials.


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 or Include your full name and your complete question.

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