CMC Online Courses Bring the Classroom to Your Computer
Online courses are taught almost entirely over the internet. Students are required to use their CMC email account and have access to the internet in order to utilize the CMC learning management system for online discussions, assignments, and tests. Additionally, students may be asked to visit their local CMC campus several times to view or check out DVDs, utilize library resources, or take proctored tests.
What Do I Need to Take an Online Course?
Students need to have a thorough understanding of the operating system on their computer and need to be comfortable using various software programs. Students are responsible for maintaining their own computers and the software required for each class. See the basic computer specifications for the learning management system used in the majority of the online courses. If you need to access a computer at CMC, please check with local staff to see if the proper hardware and software are available in the computer lab.
Since I Don't Go to Class, Is It Easier?
Online courses often require much more written work than a traditional classroom course. This is a trade-off for not attending a regular classroom course's scheduled meetings. Instructors require much more tangible evidence from students that they've met the requirements of the course than if they were in class twice a week for an hour and a half each time. This trade-off works both ways. When an instructor teaches an online course, they don't have to meet regularly scheduled classes, but they do have proportionally many more papers to grade.
Online courses are not for everyone. To be able to successfully complete an online course, you need to be self-motivated. You will not regularly attend class on campus. Some people learn best by interacting face to face with other students. Interaction in an online course is achieved via writing and email. Students benefit from greater freedom to schedule their time and complete their educational goals by working independently from home or work.
What Are the Advantages of an Online Course?
School challenges your already busy schedule—one filled with work, family, and personal commitments. Online learning offers the flexibility you need while also providing access to quality degree and certificate programs. Online programs allow you to complete assignments and communicate with faculty and other students anywhere, anytime throughout the duration of each course.
How Will I Get the Course Materials/Textbook?
Students enrolled in all Online Learning courses will be responsible for acquiring the required text on their own. The course syllabus includes specific textbook information. Textbooks can be purchased through the Colorado Mountain College Online Bookstore. See Basecamp/Online Learning (login required) for complete information and ordering instructions.
Some courses also require the use of video programs. The video programs are productions by commercial organizations or educational institutions. The videos are on DVDs that are available for checkout at any Colorado Mountain College location to allow students to view the programs at home or at any college site. Other access options are included in the course syllabus.
What Online Courses Are Being Offered?
Online Learning courses are listed in each campus/site bulletin just like any other course.
See Online Learning
How Do I Register for an Online Course?
Students can enroll in a an online course just like any other course. Each CMC campus or location can enroll a student. Returning or enrolled students can register via Basecamp.