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.

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.

Any student who does not participate actively in class during the first two weeks of the semester (one for 8 week modules) 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.

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.

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.

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