Online education assists students in completing their educational goals in an environment that is conducive to teaching and active learning. This flexibility provides a viable alternative to students who have schedule constraints that don’t allow them to attend traditional courses, students who do not have access to a location, or students who need specific courses not currently being offered at their location.
Online courses have the same course description and course learning outcomes as traditional classroom courses. Online courses are often taught by instructors who also teach the courses in the traditional classroom setting.
Any Columbia College student can take online courses. The students who receive advising and registration services from staff assigned to online services are referred to as remote students.
If a student receives advising and other student service from any location, the student is referred to as a location student.
Students should ultilize the academic calendar for important date information that varies by venue.
The section of the undergraduate catalog listing course descriptions is accurate for online courses. For more information about specific online offerings, visit the website at http://www.ccis.edu/online/schedule.
The policies outlined in the Academic Program Information section of the undergraduate catalog apply to online degree offerings.
Course schedules are available at www.ccis.edu/online/schedule approximately two weeks before registration begins for a given session.
Notification of cancelled courses will be sent to the CougarMail accounts of students enrolled in the cancelled course.
Web-based online courses count for residency credit and financial aid applies for those who qualify.
Online courses are scheduled in eight-week sessions and follows Columbia College’s Academic Calendars . See the Academic and Administrative Policies, Regulations and Procedures section of the undergraduate catalog for a complete listing of academic policies, regulations and procedures.
Students will receive academic advising at their campus and are required to consult with an academic advisor before they register for courses for the first time. After the first consultation CC graduate students are not required to contact their academic advisor prior to registering for more classes but it is strongly encouraged. With all Columbia College students, the ultimate responsibility for understanding and meeting graduation requirements rests with the student.
The online course format allows students to participate in the course anytime, anywhere there is computer access to the internet. The course software used to facilitate online learning is Desire2Learn. The course that is offered online has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate full time faculty and department chairs.
Using discussion questions, exams and other assignments, students and instructors create a collaborative learning environment. This facilitates a forum for active learning. All exams and quizzes are taken online, with certain courses requiring proctored midterm and/or final exams.
This active collaborative learning environment requires students to do more on their own than they may in a traditional classroom setting. Online students must be prepared to commit the same, or sometimes more, time and effort as they would in a conventional class. The result is a challenging and meaningful learning experience.
Course Schedules are prepared by the Online Education and are made available on our website at http://www.ccis.edu/online/schedule. Notification of canceled courses will be sent to the CougarMail accounts of students enrolled in the canceled course. Students who register for courses online will be emailed course and access instructions along with the registration confirmation.
Day Students must obtain advisor and department chair approval to take an online course. Cost for day students is included in their day program tuition. Day students who take online courses as an overload pay the regular day program overload fee.
Long experience in administering accelerated (8 week academic term) college programs has taught us that it is generally not in the student’s best interest to enroll in more than 9 credit hours per session. Due to the fast pace of the course and the reduced time for reading, research, writing and reflection, a student’s academic performance will generally suffer if an overload of credit is attempted.
Students are required to obtain permission to enroll in ten hours or more during an eight-week session. This includes courses taken through Main Campus Evening, Online, and CC Global Locations. Only those students close to graduating from Columbia College, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and a compelling reason to take a course overload in an eight-week session may apply to their home location director. Students must first visit with their advisor to discuss all available alternative options. If an overload is approved, there will be no overload fee charged.
An overload is approved on a semester basis, allowing students to enroll in either or both 8-week modules during that semester as an overload. However, the overload in the second module is contingent on outcomes (grades) in the first module (poor outcomes may result in a student’s overload approval being revoked). Systematically, this will require an overload be entered for both modules (it cannot be done on a semester basis).
Overrides: Online courses have a maximum class size, ranging from 15 to 25 depending on the nature of the course. After a course is closed the campus staff may request an override. The student’s situation will be evaluated and coordinated with the instructor to determine if an override is possible. Overrides are granted on a rare basis for students with special circumstances such as fulfilling a graduation requirement which is the last course needed for the degree.
Proctoring: Remote students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit the proctor information by the second week of the session to the instructor. Proctors located at CC Global locations are automatically approved, as is the use of Proctor U; however, students must still provide the required proctoring information to their instructor. Students may use a private proctor, but each instructor will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.
Reduced tuition programs such as audit and warranted degree program are not available for online courses.
Student issues with an online course should first be addressed with the instructor of that course, then with Online Education.