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What to Expect

 What to Expect in a C-N Online Program

A C-N Online class will offer the same personal and quality accredited education as the students who take their courses on-campus.

Attendance
Student "attendance" in online courses will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus. The instructor may require you to log in as much as five times a week.

Communication
Since you won’t be meeting with your instructor or fellow course mates face-to-face you will use various methods of communication. Most communication will take place through e-mail, online chats and discussions, announcements, and instant messages housed within the C-N Online Learning Management System. You may also experience text messaging or a good old-fashioned telephone call. Rest assured, whatever the communication method there will be a great deal of writing and reading.

Tech-related Content Delivery and Lecture Methods
You will need to check with your instructor to determine exactly which methods of technology you will use and what your computer requirements are before you actually register for your class. For example you may need media playing software, such as QuickTime or Windows Media Player or RealPlayer to listed to audio or video recorded lecture bytes.

Participation with Deadlines
Your instructor will require challenging assignments which may be technically challenging, include off-line (library) research, group projects and discussions. You are expected to meet assignment deadlines. Even though the 9 to 15 hours of time you spend learning in an online class is flexible, assignment deadlines usually are not. The courses are not meant to be self-paced, independent studies. You may be given assignments in which you must post discussion messages and feedback to others in your class several times a week.

Flexibility
Work your learning around your schedule. Study when it is convenient in the comfort of your own home. This makes C-N Online affordable since may be able to study without the need to hire a babysitter and save on transportation costs! Expect to be in charge of, and responsible for, your own time management. You will want to budget a set amount of time each day to help ensure you get the course work done.

 

Official Class Attendance/Absences Policy

Student "attendance" in online courses will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus. The instructor may require you to log on as much as five times a week.

Attendance at all class meetings is required and a student is responsible for all the work, including tests and written assignments of all class meetings. Each individual faculty member will establish the consequences for absence and publish this in the course syllabus. If students must miss class for any reason, they are obligated to account for their absences to their instructors and arrange to obtain assignments for work missed. Students will be allowed to make up class work missed with no penalty if the absence was caused by documented illness, death of immediate family member, or participation in university sponsored activities. Otherwise, the instructor has no obligation to allow students to make up work.

Attendance will be taken for all students. Any student who does not attend class during the first two weeks of the semester will be administratively dropped from the class for non-attendance. Enrollment status (full-time/part-time, etc.) may be affected by this withdrawal which may impact billing and financial aid eligibility. Refer to the Refund Section of the catalog for more detailed information.
If a student fails to attend class for three (3) consecutive weeks, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the course. A recalculation of earned financial aid will be processed for students who are administratively withdrawn from all courses before the end of the term due to lack of class attendance; these students may render themselves ineligible to receive financial assistance.