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Frequently Asked Questions About Distance Learning

Why take distance learning courses?
How does distance learning differ from on-campus courses?
Are distance learning courses equivalent to their classroom counterparts?
What is required of me to be successful in a distance learning course?
How do I get my course materials?
What is the process for sending and receiving assignments?
How do I take my tests?
What kind of equipment do I need to take an Internet course?
Do I need any kind of testing before I enroll in distance learning courses?
How do I communicate with my instructor?
What support is available to distance learning students?
How many distance learning courses should I take?
How much time do I have to complete the course?
Do the distance learning courses transfer to other colleges and universities?
How do I search for online Web and Hybrid classes?
 

Why take distance learning courses?

Distance learning courses are a great option for those who want to take college courses either for degree completion or personal/professional development, but just don't have the time to make it to class two or three times each week. So, if you just can't commit to specific days or times - for whatever reason - consider distance learning options.

How does distance learning differ from on-campus courses?

The major difference between distance learning and on-campus courses is the mode of instruction. On-campus courses are generally structured around a group of students. Distance learning students must be self-motivated to keep up with the assignments on an individual basis.

Are distance learning courses equivalent to their classroom counterparts?

Distance learning courses are equivalent to their classroom components in credit hours, transferability to other institutions, and fulfillment of many program degree requirements.

What is required of me to be successful in a distance learning course?

Although distance learning delivery modes are a convenient and flexible way to take courses and complete a degree, they are not necessarily suited to all students' learning styles or needs. Some students find it difficult to study independently and need continued contact with an instructor and other students. Adult learners with strong reading and writing skills, and who are self-motivated have the best success with these modes of instruction.

How do I get my course materials?

All materials for courses can be purchased from Cincinnati State’s bookstore. Care should be taken to ensure all required materials are purchased.

What is the process for sending and receiving assignments?

Course assignments are displayed on the Blackboard course site, accessible through MyCState. Usually they include a reading task and a writing or research activity. After completing the reading, students do the specified assignment. All course information should be in the syllabus, including how to reach the instructor, what work will be expected, and when, where and how to turn in assignments. Dates on the course syllabus may be used to help you organize your work.

How do I take my tests?

Each course may include one or more examinations. Some examinations are conducted on campus. The course site should have information about required quizzes, tests, and other activities.

What kind of equipment do I need to take an Internet course?

In general, you need a Pentium-based computer with 28.8 modem or better, an internet service provider/connection, Windows 95 or MacOS capability, a minimum of 8 mgs of RAM, and a 4.0 or better browser. Some courses have more specific requirements.

Do I need any kind of testing before I enroll in distance learning courses?

If you are a new degree-seeking student to Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, you may be required to take a placement test. However, there are many courses a non-degree seeking student can take at Cincinnati State without a placement test.

How do I communicate with my instructor?

Communications with faculty occurs in several ways: by phone, by fax, e-mail, or by mail.

What support is available to distance learning students?

Distance learning students have many of the same services and resources available to them as on-campus students taking traditional classroom courses, including application, registration, academic advising, tutoring, library services, etc. See our student support area for details.

How many distance learning courses should I take?

Distance learning students may elect to take as few as one or as many as six courses at any one time. The correct number of courses for you will depend on how much time you can devote to school. If you are working full time, chances are you will not have the time to take a full academic load (12-18 credit hours). Remember that one three-credit hour class normally requires about six hours per week of study outside of class. A good rule of thumb for determining how many courses to take when employed is:

Hours worked

Number of courses

Credit hours taken

40+

1-2*

1-6

30

3*

9

20

4*

12

*Dependent on the number of credit hours per course

How much time do I have to complete the course?

Our distance learning courses (like our traditional courses) are offered on a semester basis, which are generally 15 weeks in length.

Do the distance learning courses transfer to other colleges and universities?

Many do. To ensure transferability of any college course, regardless of delivery method, students should contact a counselor at the institution to which they plan to transfer.

How do I search for online web and hybrid classes?

To search for Distance Learning classes, click here and enter your search criteria. If you need help with this page, find out more on how to search for online classes here or watch the help video.

Do you have other questions about Distance Learning? Please contact us. We are always happy to help.

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