Are you new to online courses?

Before beginning coursework in Moodle, you will need to go through the student orientation. This is a series of videos, and a test at the end to make sure you understand how online learning works. Students must achieve 80% on the orientation test before any coursework is visible.

What is the direct site address to access my courses?

You can login to Moodle from the portal site or directly by visiting

How is attendance being taken in an online course?

Your course(s) will be posted on the Moodle server. You must login to the Moodle server during the first week of class, and every time after that. This will confirm your attendance in the course room.



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.


Where do I find syllabus and Textbook information?

Your syllabus for the online course is posted on your course home page. The textbook will be found in the MOODLE course room in the “Course Information” block. Click on the icon “eText”. You do not need to purchase textbooks in the online courses. They are provided for you using an E-Text.


Where should I check my course email and important announcements?

Be sure to check your Essex email account, which may be accessible from the portal site as well as ‘Messages’ in your Moodle course room. Your important announcements will be located in the “Professors Announcements” block. Check regularly for important information from your instructor.


How am I assessed in an online course?

Students’ performances in distance learning classes will be assessed in different ways. You may have term papers, projects, discussions, essays or other assignments, as well as quizzes or tests. The method depends on your instructor. So be sure to read your syllabus carefully as it will explain this in detail. Check with your instructor as to how you can find out about your assignment or test grades. Final course grades will be available on the ECC’s Web Services accessible from the portal page Please note, you will need your Web Services Login information to access your grades.

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