Frequently Asked Questions

Types of Online Courses at STCC

Fully Online

A fully online course is offered entirely over the Internet using the Blackboard Learning System and other web-based tools. All course requirements, including readings, group discussions, homework assignments, and assessments are conducted online. Fully online courses feature weekly activities and assignments. This work can be completed any time during the week that is convenient for students, as long as the instructor s deadline requirements are being met.

Hybrid

Hybrid courses require both in-person meetings and online components. This does not reduce the rigor of the course and students are still required to complete all weekly assignments and attend all on-campus class sessions.

Web-Assisted

Web-Assisted courses are traditional on-campus courses that are supplemented by online resources and activities. These courses continue to meet for all scheduled class sessions. Instructors often make their course syllabi, lecture notes, and assignment instructions available online. The majority of Web-Assisted courses do not feature online course requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is STCC accredited?

Springfield Technical Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate education. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process.

Do I have to be on the computer at a certain time?

No, our online courses are conducted asynchronously. You can access our classes whenever it is convenient for you to complete your work during each week. You choose when, where and how often (minimally twice weekly) you visit your on-line class to meet the weekly deadline requirements. Some faculty will be hosting online discussion sessions each week at a specified time. You are encouraged to attend these sessions and participate in the class discussion.

Do I need to purchase any software?

No, our courses are designed to run with most browsers. Some courses require the use of word processing software for submission of papers. Courses in Information Technology may require specific software on your computer such as Microsoft Office, etc.

Is this course transferable?

Yes, the material is presented differently but the online courses cover the same content as the on-site classes. The credits received are the same as the on-campus course.

Is it appropriate to exchange ideas with other students?

Yes, we highly recommended that our students work together. This will enrich your online classroom experience and gives you an opportunity to meet your classmates.

Can I contact my professor?

Yes, you can contact your professor directly by email, phone, or through the discussion meeting. The majority of our faculty respond to their email within 48 hours; many faculty respond within 12 24 hours.

Are the college services / resources available to me?

Yes, as an STCC student, you are entitled to make use of our resources and student services. Some of these services and resources can be utilized only if you are located in the STCC geographic area.

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Is Online Learning Right for You?

If you are trying to decide if an online course is for you, this list may help. If you possess the majority of these characteristics, online education may be for you.

  • I have access to a computer and the Internet.
  • I know how to use the computer, send / receive email, and know how to use basic word processing functions.
  • I am motivated and self-disciplined.
  • I can manage my time wisely.
  • I would be comfortable interacting with classmates in an online environment (email and online discussion).
  • I can learn things by reading instructions.
  • I can commit approximately 3 6 hours / week to this course, including on/off line work.
  • I can check my email and access the course at least twice a week.

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Online Learning Policies

Academic Honesty

Communication of knowledge and a free exchange of ideas, two essential aspects of a college community, require a fundamental standard of honesty.   Students and faculty must be able to expect that the thoughts and work presented for the class are the property of the person claiming credit for them. To safeguard these principles, it is important to clarify the rules regarding academic honesty.

Students must refrain from all forms of academic dishonesty including cheating on quizzes and examinations, abetting others in cheating, appropriating other students' work, and plagiarizing written assignments. Reference: STCC Student Handbook

Withdrawal

Failure to participate in a distance education class does not constitute a withdrawal.

To officially withdraw from a course please e-mail the Registrar's Office at registrar@stcc.edu with your name and the course you are registered for.

Change of Course

All changes to course selections must be made prior to the start of the second class meeting of the course you wish to enter.

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