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MCC ONLINE HELPFUL HINTS

Be aware of these policies that will affect your college experience:

  • You must be enrolled in 6 hours (2 classes) each semester to receive federal financial aid. There are two terms of online courses each semester. You may take two courses in any one term (up to 12 hours per semester). If you drop your course load below 6 hours per semester, you will lose any financial aid.
  • Residency requirement. You are required to take at least 32 semester hours at MCC to receive a degree.
  • Credit by Non-Classroom Contact. We accept CLEP tests, DANTES tests, and help students with credit for life experience (CPL: Credit for Prior Learning). Students need to be aware of two policies:
    • A student can have up to 36 credit hours of alternative credit, but only 30 may be completed by CPL.
    • Evaluation for CPL credits must be prior to the semester preceding graduation.
    • A per-credit-hour fee is charged for evaluation, and payment of the fee does not guarantee that credit will be granted.
  • Christian Service Requirement. MCC students are required to be involved in their communities and churches each semester. Practical Christian service activities enhance the college experience because students apply what they learn in the classroom in service to others. A variety of service activities can satisfy this requirement. See the academic section of the catalog for more details.

Course and study helps:

  • Check your computer. Check our technology page to ensure your computer meets the minimum requirements for successful competition of your course. Check the course syllabus to see if there is any additional software or hardware you will need. You may need to install programs (such as Acrobat Reader or Real Player) in order to access the multimedia components of your course. Taking the time to make sure your computer can run the necessary programs will save you from being surprised when you're under a deadline.
  • Be disciplined! Do whatever it takes to get into a weekly pattern of study that gets the work done. Figure out how much study time you will need each week and set a regular schedule. Let your friends and family members know that you'll be unavailable during that time. If you establish this routine early on, you'll be more likely to stick to it.
  • Late books. Order your books as soon as you receive your enrollment notice. If your books are late, then you will get behind – and you may not be able to catch up. Be very careful ordering used textbooks online as there may be long delays in delivery.
  • Read the entire syllabus to start the class. Some classes have projects that go beyond the reading, study questions, discussion board, and assessments. Identify those projects and plan for them.
  • Introduce yourself to your teacher. Use your online course message board or email your teacher with a brief introduction. A teacher who knows a little bit about you and why you are enrolled will be more likely to help you through the course.
  • Acquaint yourself with the class structure. Each online course has its own structure, or components. Spend a few minutes exploring the course before jumping into the lessons. Make sure you understand how you can access all of the necessary components (lessons, lectures, chat rooms, message boards, multimedia presentations, assignment submission forms, etc.) Take note of any optional components that can be used to help you with your coursework.
  • Start organizing your final early. If your course requires a final project, many students find it a challenge to do it all in one week. By the beginning of the 6th week you should have enough information to begin organizing and writing your final.
  • Back up your assignments. Technology does fail. Students have lost all their work on a major paper due to a computer/technology failure and had to reproduce it. Emails with attached assignments have been lost in cyberspace. You need, and are responsible to keep a backup, a USB flash drive is an excellent backup device.
  • Losing work on the discussion board. When composing a longer discussion board posting you should create it in Word. Then you can paste it into the forum. If you don’t submit anything on the class site for 45 minutes or more, your session will time out. That means that you shouldn't read the discussion forum for a long time, and then take a while to compose your response online. If you do, your session could time out and you will lose your work.

(some items reprinted from: distancelearn.about.com/od/distancelearning101/a/FirstWeek.htm)