This is an open letter to anyone thinking of enrolling in one or more Internet Academy courses.
The intent of this letter is to assist you in being successful in your on-line course(s). We have followed the progress of over 1000 students in these courses, and we want to share with you some of our most important findings:
Internet courses are not for everyone. They are a lot of work! For each course, on average, you will be required to logon at least three times per week for at least two hours each time - the most successful students log on more frequently. Your professor will require on-time posting of discussions and assignments - on-line courses are not self-paced.
Good time-management skills are essential to your success. There is no fixed schedule of classes you must attend. While this flexibility can be very convenient, it also puts on you the responsibility for logging-on regularly and completing your on-line assignments. We have found that students who fall behind rarely manage to catch up.
Almost all successful students have their own computer. HCCC Internet Academy courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have your own computer, you can access your course(s) when it is most convenient to you. If you must depend on the use of someone else’s computer, you are more likely to fall behind.
If you are a matriculated HCCC student, one of the HCCC Internet Academy courses, HE130 - Wellness, is restricted to students who are taking more than half of their credits on the Internet. Do not register for an Internet section of this course unless you qualify.
All of our Internet courses ‘go live’ several days prior to the first day of classes. You should access the course as soon as possible and begin working through the initial activities. Students who are late to enter an on-line course are more likely to do poorly.
You must complete the following two steps to be officially entered into an Internet Academy course:
1. Register for the course at HCCC. You may register online using Student Online Services. Or you can register in person, over the telephone, or by mail.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your decision to take courses on-line, please come and see us at HCCC in the Internet Academy offices (JH204), phone the Director at (315) 866-0300 ext. 8742 or 1-888-GO-4-HCCC ext. 8742, or e-mail the Internet Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Lamb, Associate Dean of Continuing Education
Bill Pelz, Coordinator