Students must be able to work and learn independently to successfully complete course work at the college level. Instructors facilitate learning, but expect students to ask questions, clarify information, and ask for help in a timely manner. Students must read, follow all directions, and plan in advance to complete long-term projects and papers.
You should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to the following statements:
- I do not have to be frequently reminded to study and keep up with due dates;
- I schedule time each week to complete reading/research, prepare for lessons, and complete assignments;
- I read the syllabus and course requirements when the class begins, and all other information and directions provided by instructors;
- I am willing to ask questions and check with the instructor if I’m confused or uncertain – I do not go on instinct or advice from other students;
- I do not assume a missing assignment can be made-up or turned in late.
|Traditional Class||Online/Hybrid Class|
|Students typically spend three hours per week in a classroom with an instructor teaching a lesson.||Lessons are posted in Moodle (online learning management system) for students to read and work through independently.|
|Students interact with each other and the instructor through in-class discussions.||Students interact with each other and the instructor through written discussion boards or forums.|
|Students spend 3-4 hours per week outside of the classroom reading, studying, and completing assignments.||Students spend 3-4 hours outside of the online environment, reading, preparing, studying, and completing assignments.|
|Typically requires more reading and may involve more papers and written assignments than traditional classes.|
To see if you are ready for online learning, take the following quiz: http://vlc.nccommunitycolleges.edu/faculty/online-readiness-checklist/
Yes, due dates for online class assignments are listed in the schedule of the course syllabus and may also be posted in Moodle. There will be work to do every week for both online and traditional classes. For a face to face class, assignment due dates are listed in the schedule of the course syllabus.
You will need a reliable computer or laptop with an up to date operating system (Windows 7, 8 or 10), the latest version of an Internet browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer), and the capability to access and edit documents using MS Office 2016 or Office 365. Adobe Reader is required to open PDF documents. The latest version of Adobe Reader can be downloaded at the Adobe Reader website. Pop-Up Blockers must be disabled in order to view course content that is set to open in a Pop-Up window. Regular access to a reliable Internet connection is also critical for success in an online class. Individual courses may have additional technology requirements. Additional information on technical requirements and updates can be found on the Distance Learning page.
Students should have basic computer skills and knowledge including: keyboarding, browsing the Internet, emailing, saving and attaching files, recognizing file types such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students should be able to communicate well in a written format and have excellent reading skills. Some online classes require the use of specific software as well.
What if outside obligations such as athletics, after school activities, work, family vacations, field trips, etc., conflict with college classes?
College classes require a serious commitment and students are expected to view their class as a priority. That does not exclude participation in activities, but if a student does not attend class, (or complete required assignments for attendance in an online class), they are counted absent. If students do not complete assignments and do not meet the instructor’s makeup/late work policy, the student will likely earn a zero for the work.
Your College classes should be in line with your academic goals and overall career goals. They should provide college credit toward a degree program/college transfer, or develop skills that will lead to employment. You can find out the options that are available by contacting the WCC Director for Secondary Partnerships at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 246-1250 or talking with your high school guidance counselor or career development counselor.
There is no charge for tuition and fees for eligible high school students. Wilson County Schools (WCS) provides textbooks for WCS students taking CCP courses. Students who attend a private school, homeschool, or public school in another district are responsible for the cost of any required textbooks. Textbooks can be purchased in the WCC Bookstore or through a third party vendor. Prices vary according to the publisher and seller.
Required textbooks are listed in the course syllabus. Textbooks for college classes are distributed to Wilson County Schools’ students. Students who are responsible for purchasing their own books can visit the College Bookstore in Building G-201 on the main campus, or go to the Bookstore page on the College’s website and search by course to find book titles and ISBN numbers.
Students who officially withdraw, or who are withdrawn from a course for lack of attendance or missed assignments, ON OR BEFORE the last date to withdraw without penalty, will receive a grade of “W” on the WCC transcript. A grade of “W” has no negative effect on the WCC Academic GPA.
If a student withdraws or is withdrawn from a class, AFTER the last date to withdraw without penalty, they will receive a grade of “WF” on the WCC transcript. A grade of “WF” counts the same as an “F” in the WCC Academic GPA. If the student attends WCC after high school graduation, grades of “W” and “WF” are considered unsuccessful attempts even though they were taken in high school. This does not automatically make students ineligible for state or federal financial aid, but has to be evaluated as part of the satisfactory academic progress calculation for financial aid eligibility. Financial aid can be negatively impacted if unsuccessful attempts become a pattern in the future.
Withdrawing or dropping a College course may count differently regarding the High School GPA. A withdrawal at the College for a course that is also counting toward high school credit may be counted as an “F” on the high school transcript. See high school policy for details.
Having a grade of W, WF, D, or F on a college transcript or high school transcript could have a negative impact on applying to a 4-year college in the future. Students must make a “C” or better for a course to be transferred to a 4-year university or another community college.[/fusion_toggle][fusion_toggle title=”What is the Discipline Policy at WCC?” open=”no”]
Admission to college carries special privileges and responsibilities. CCP students are members of the academic community and are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with College regulations and all local, state, and national ordinances. The College has policies and procedures to govern student conduct on the campus and at College-sponsored events held off campus. If a student’s violation of these policies adversely affects the College’s pursuit of its educational objectives, the College may enforce its own regulations, regardless of any proceedings instituted by other authorities. Violation of the Code of Conduct and Civility may result in disciplinary action by the College, whether or not such conduct violates local, state, or national laws.
WCC Code of Conduct and Civility:
Wilson Community College is committed to the advancement of learning and the development of skills that serve the needs of our students and the community. All members of the College community and visitors to campus have the right to be treated with respect and dignity. These expectations stem from an institutional emphasis on academic integrity, civility, and respect for the sanctity of a safe and supportive learning environment. The Code of Conduct exists to guide the behavior of all at Wilson Community College and is based on principles and values found in the College’s Mission and Vision Statements. A complete list of disciplinary offenses and sanctions can be found in the current College Catalog.
Academic dishonesty is defined as any behavior or action in the classroom, laboratory, clinical site, or distance learning venue that attempts to deceive the instructor. Examples of academic dishonesty include cheating, plagiarism, or lying. Students are expected to perform honestly and to work in every way possible to eliminate academic dishonesty by any member of the College community.
Each faculty member has the responsibility to fairly evaluate the academic progress of each student and in doing so may use appropriate software to assist with his or her evaluation of written work. Any student found to have committed academic dishonesty may be subject to sanctions and will be reported to the Executive Dean of Student Development. Students should follow all directions posted for assignments and all work should be completed independently unless instructed otherwise. For further details, please see the current College Catalog.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by the College. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Wilson Community College does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, or citizenship in matters of admission, employment, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.
The College has designated Title IX Coordinators to coordinate the College’s compliance with and respond to inquiries concerning Title IX. Any student that believes they have experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment, other than discrimination or harassment based on sex/gender, should contact Kathy Williamson at email@example.com or in Ms. Williamson’s absence, Joshua Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the current College Catalog or visit the WCC website for more information about Title IX.
What do WCC students need to know for success?
If I am enrolled in a private school or homeschool and take classes on the College’s schedule, how do I find books for the courses?
The easiest way to find a text book for a particular course is at our bookstore, located in Building G-201 off of Ward Blvd. If you wish to find text books online, you can still contact the bookstore for the ISBN number of the text book for the course section you are enrolling in.
No. To be officially enrolled, the student must attend class (for face to face classes) or complete an Enrollment Verification Activity (for online and hybrid classes) by the 10% point or “census date”. The Census date is posted in Moodle for online classes and hybrid classes. If the student does not satisfy this requirement, they are dropped from class as “never attended”. Students will not be permitted to enroll as a “Late Entry” unless there are extreme mitigating circumstances. Students should contact their instructor immediately to discuss any issues with enrollment. Only curriculum deans can approve a late entry.
If I am enrolled in an online course is there an orientation to help me learn how to navigate Moodle?
Yes. Go to the Distance Learning page of the WCC website at http://dev-wilson-community-college.pantheonsite.io/curriculum/distance-learning/.
Locate the “Moodle 101 Student Training” link. The link will take you to the Moodle login screen, once a student logs in to Moodle, there will be a course entitled “Moodle 101 Student Training”.
How do I find out about the course guidelines and policies such as attendance requirements, grading policy and other course requirements?
Students should read the syllabus on the first day of class- this is posted in Moodle (some instructors may hand this out). The syllabus has critical information that the student must know including a general schedule that outlines the topics/lessons including due dates for class. If changes are made to the schedule, students will be notified.
Do I have to use my assigned Wilson Community College Email? Is there an easy way to check my email?
Yes! Students are expected to check their WCC email every day. The instructor may send important emails including reminders or concerns and students will be expected to respond in a timely way, otherwise it could affect the student’s enrollment or grade. The College may also send important information students should attend to such as password changes, etc.
Students can easily set up email on their cell phones by downloading the free Outlook App. Once downloaded, type student’s WCC email into the app and set alerts.
Students can access technology help (logging into Moodle, email, student planning, etc.) by going to the Academic Programs tab on our website, choose Distance Learning and browse the “Getting Help” resources posted such as Technology Access Information: http://dev-wilson-community-college.pantheonsite.io/curriculum/distance-learning/
Is there a College-wide attendance policy for face to face and online/hybrid classes? What are the consequences if I violate that policy? Are there “excused absences”?
The College attendance policy for all curriculum courses is not to miss more than 15%; therefore, to receive course credit, a student is required to attend a minimum of 85% of the contact hours of the class. In the event a student’s absences exceed 15% of the course contact hours, the student will be dropped or withdrawn from class.
Tardiness may, at the discretion of the instructor, be considered in computing class attendance. Attendance starts at the date of registration. For online and hybrid students, “attendance” is defined as active participation, as defined in the courses’ attendance policy located in the syllabus. Simply logging in and looking around the course is not considered active participation.
If a student chooses to miss class or does not complete assignments for participation in an online/hybrid class, that counts toward attendance. See the online WCC Catalog and handbook for polices on Religious Observance and pregnancy accommodations/Title IX for excused absences in detail.
Typically, late work is not accepted. However, the final decision is at the discretion of the instructor for that course. The instructor will post his/her policy about late or make up work in the syllabus.
Contact the instructor immediately! Do not wait. In an online or hybrid class, there will be some turnaround time in responding to emails, so don’t delay ANY question you have. That is what the instructor is there for and they can clarify his/her expectations. Do not rely on other people for advice because an individual student’s question or situation may be unique.
Refer immediately to the example in the Technology Access Information handout to make sure you have followed all directions (Technology Access Information is also located on our website at www.wilsoncc.edu under the Academic Programs tab, then choose Distance Learning). Otherwise, contact Technology Support Services immediately email@example.com, 252-246-1224, or, A 108 on campus. Make sure you leave a message with your name, cell number and other important information. Make sure your cell phone voice mail is setup and not full. If there is no documentation that you called, there is no way to verify that you tried to solve technology problems in a timely manner.
The College is not responsible for technology issues related to students’ personal computer, Internet reliability, or computers supplied by the high school. Students are always welcome to use our open computer lab on campus (located in the Library D-100 on campus (they will need a student ID that they can obtain in Student Development in F-100). Students may also use the Wilson County Public Library or a reliable friend or family member’s computer. Students are encouraged to have a backup plan if a computer or Internet connection fails. Every public high school has IT support staff that can assist with a Chromebook issue such as blocked YouTube videos or websites. See your high school guidance counselor for assistance.
What should I do if my instructor requires assignments to be submitted in Microsoft Word format or Excel format, etc.?
All students have access to Office 365, which includes free downloads of office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, etc.) Students may download this on up to 5 different electronic devices. When students log into their College email, this is located in the window before you select “mail.” Steps to downloading Microsoft Word on a Chromebook can be found on our website: www.wilsoncc.edu, under the College Services Tab, then choose Technology Support Services and scroll down to Helpful Guides and select “Using Word Online on a Chromebook”.
If the instructor requires a test or exam to be monitored by an approved professional, the instructor will clearly post in Moodle and/or the course syllabus which assignment requires proctoring and the steps necessary to sign up. Students should be aware to signing up in advance and making arrangements for proctoring at the College’s open computer lab (Library D 100 on campus). If students are unable to come to campus, contact Wes Hill to arrange for alternative proctoring services (firstname.lastname@example.org; 252-246-1339) as soon as possible. Arrangements should be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
What if I received disabilities accommodations at my high school? Are they transferable to the college courses?
If a student is receiving accommodations through his/her high school through a 504 or other, this DOES NOT automatically transfer to college courses eligibility. The Americans with Disabilities Act for College level classes requires students seeking accommodations to self-identify and make a formal request for services to the College’s Special Populations Counselor (252-246-1281; F 100 on campus) and to provide sufficient documentation that supports the request. This should be requested as soon as the student has registered for a class, prior to the start of classes if possible.
Faculty have the responsibility to assign student grades according to standards that are acceptable, communicated to everyone in class, and applied to all students equally. A student who has a disagreement with an instructor’s professional judgment in grading should attempt to resolve the matter through dialogue with the instructor who issued the grade. Appeals will not be considered unless based on at least one of the following conditions:
• An error was made in the calculation of the grade.
• The grade assigned was based on standards different from those applied to other students in the same course and section.
• The instructor deviated from grading standards as stated in the course syllabus without notifying students.
Exceptional circumstances may arise in which a student should have the opportunity to appeal an instructor’s decision. When such circumstances warrant, a student may employ the following appeals process- see appeals process in College Catalog.
NOTE: In the event the student is contending that the disputed grade was assigned based on or influenced by the student’s age, race, sex, national origin, religion, or disability, the student must follow the procedure outlined in the Grievance Policy.
If a student has concerns regarding classroom management, policies, conduct, instructional methods or effectiveness, or fairness of evaluation, the student is expected to first attempt to resolve their concerns with the instructor within 10 instructional days of the concern. If the student’s concerns are not resolved with the instructor, the student may file a written formal grievance within 10 instructional days of the instructor’s response with the Curriculum Dean for curriculum classes, or the Executive Dean of Continuing Education for continuing education classes.
On the WCC homepage, www.wilsoncc.edu, choose the Student Planning Link, located at the top. Log in using the same login for Moodle and email, without the entire email address attached. Once logged in, view courses by semester in the Timeline Tab, or choose the Unofficial Transcript Tab.
If students plan to attend a college (other than WCC) after high school graduation, students MUST request an official WCC transcript to be sent to that college after final grades have posted. The high school nor WCC is responsible for requesting transcripts.
WCC transcripts can be requested in person with ID (Student Development- Building F- 100), by mail (Mail completed Transcript Request Form to WCC, Student Development, P.O. Box 4305, Wilson, NC 27893) or online (College Website, www.wilsoncc.edu, choose Student Development Menu, select Records/Transcripts, then click on National Student Clearinghouse hyperlink, click start – http://dev-wilson-community-college.pantheonsite.io/student-development/recordstranscripts/. Cost is $5.25 or $6.25 electronically.
Is there a minimum WCC GPA that a student must maintain to remain eligible for future CCP classes at WCC?
Students should maintain a minimum college GPA of 2.0 after completing two College courses. If the GPA falls below 2.0, student may still register for classes, but should meet with the College’s Secondary Partnership director to encourage utilization of academic support resources.
What do parents need to know about Career and College Promise?
Most college classes are taught online so there is flexibility for your child’s block schedule. There are a few face-to-face classes taught at the high school in a specific block and Welding and Electrical Classes are taught on the College campus first block or fourth block. Sometimes high schools opt to have a “fifth block” in which they place a college class. You should always consult your high school counselor if you have questions.
They receive dual credit in most cases in which the same class counts as a high school class (often as an elective) as well as earning college credit. The college credit may count as credit toward a credential, diploma or 2-year degree credit. Depending on the class, sometimes it is transferrable credit to a 4-year public UNC university or college as long as they earn a C or higher.
College classes are usually part of the high school transcript, although some high schools that count the college class as an “extra class” may not include it in the high school transcript- always confirm with your high school counselor. Credit earned from your college class is building a college transcript- regardless of your grade. It will also be a record that includes whether the student withdrew from the course. A college transcript can positively or negatively affect a student’s admission to other colleges as well as affect potential financial aid and scholarship eligibility.
College course information is protected by the Federal Rights and Privacy Act. If students wish to share information about their attendance, grades, email correspondence or information posted in class, it is the decision of the student unless they sign a release, as long as they are not violating any Academic Honesty Policy. Information may be shared among school officials with a legitimate educational interest regardless of a release.
Parents should encourage their children to advocate for themselves and seek advice from their instructor immediately- more than likely by email. Provide as much support and guidance as necessary, but remind them to ask questions and re-read directions, which may help. Encourage them to read all lessons thoroughly and have a plan to study and complete assignments with a calendar or pacing guide. Regular contact with the instructor is encouraged. Remind them to check the College email every day.