When you take a class online, you connect with the instructor and other students through the Internet, using Moodle, ECC’s course management system. You take tests, write papers, complete homework assignments, ask and answer questions, and participate in discussions from a computer with an Internet connection. Some courses may require proctored exams. Online courses have the same hiqh-quality and standards as regular on-campus courses. Although online courses are very flexible, you need to make sure you are motivated to making the commitment to login to the course regularly, keep up with your coursework, and participate in required activities. An online course is indicated by a suffix of OL (example: ENG 101-OL).
PARTIALLY ONLINE (HYBRID) COURSES
A partially online (hybrid) course (indicated by a suffix of HY (example: ENG 101-HY1) is a class that meets part of the time in a traditional classroom setting and the rest of the class work is done online via the Internet. Typically, a partially online (hybrid) course replaces 50% of the meeting time on campus. The online work is completed within the week before the next in-class meeting, but normally does not require a student to be at their computer at a specific time of the day.
It is the responsibility of the student to login to their online or hybrid course to continue weekly discussions and submit assignments at the best time of day or night for the student within the deadlines that your instructor provides, giving these types of courses a flexibility that is not available to a regular classroom course
You must be willing to come to campus (usually once a week) because face-to-face class time is required and an attendance policy will be enforced.
MOODLE (Learning Management System)
Essex County College uses MOODLE as it Learning Management System. MOODLE is a learning platform that is designed to provide learners with a system to create a personalized learning environment. Moodle provides the most flexible tool set to support both blended learners and 100% online courses.
Moodle is easy to use. If you can surf the web, use a computer or word processor, communicate by email, work with email attachments and the discipline to work independently you have the basic skills needed to succeed in an online course. (see MoodleRooms Login)
At University of Essex Online, we assess our students in a number of ways. Your tutor will make the requirements clear at the start of each module, but here’s a brief overview of the types of assessment you might be asked to complete.
Assignment: A structured essay that must focus on a topic or task set by your tutor.
Dissertation/thesis: An original research project on a topic of interest, aligned to a relevant area within the subject or course.
Discussion activity: A threaded discussion between students on a topic or issue (set by the module tutor) that takes place over a two week period within the online learning platform’s forum.
Journal report: An assessed record of a student’s individual progress and a reflection on their learning and its application.
Oral presentation: A brief brief spoken presentation delivered online with a time limit, focusing on a set topic, usually supported by notes and slides.
Project: An independent topic, based on a task set by the module tutor.