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Online Courses

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Students should consider a number of factors when deciding if online courses are right for them. Distance learners tend to be highly self-motivated and independent students who possess excellent time management skills.

Students interested in online learning should consider the following:
• Online courses have the same class requirements, “meeting time” requirements, deadlines, and learning outcomes as on-campus classes.
• Online learning requires a weekly time commitment. Plan on 3 hours of class time and 3 hours of work time per credit each week.
• Online courses require students to use a Quincy College e-mail address, available to all registered students.
• Online learning requires more reading and writing than classroom courses.

Technical requirements of online learning include the following:
• Access to a computer with Microsoft Office, a web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox), an e-mail program, a word processing program (MS Works is insufficient), and internet access from home using an internet service provider, DSL, or cable.
• Please note: Accessibility and functionality are limited with AOL, Prodigy, and CompuServe.
• Proficiency with word processing programs and web browsers, sending and receiving e-mail, sending attachments via e-mail, downloading documents and software, and conducting research via the internet.
• Access code for the program, found inside the textbook or on a separate card packaged with the book. Access codes can be used only once.
• Windows Vista or XP
• 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
• Sound card

Requirements for Online Students include the following:
• Use of Quincy College e-mail address.
How to access Quincy College e-mail:
To access your student email, log in to the MyQC Portal then click Student Email link on the left.

Activation of Quincy College e-mail account (Webmail)
• Needed to receive class log-in information from online instructors.
• New students will be given directions when they activate.
• After initial activation, all online course interaction will be through your online account.
• If you already have a Quincy College e-mail account, make sure your account is active.

Submit a ticket online through the Support Portal if:
• You are having trouble logging onto your Quincy College e-mail.

Online Courses Notifications
• Access to certain courses is not available through the QC Campus Portal but rather through the textbook publishers’ websites.
• On campus finals are required for every online course. Finals for Section 75 classes are held on the Plymouth campus. Finals for Sections 76-78 classes are held on the Quincy campus. Check your syllabus for specific dates and times this summer.
• If you live outside the metro-Boston area and are unable to attend scheduled exams on campus, you may arrange to take your exams elsewhere under the supervision of an approved proctor.

Distance Education: Arranging for Proctored Assessments
If you live outside of Quincy, MA and/or cannot come to Quincy College campus for scheduled online proctored exams:
You can arrange to take your test elsewhere under the supervision of an approved proctor; that is, someone authorized by your QC instructor to conduct the test. Just follow the step-by-step guidelines for alternative testing to make the necessary arrangements. Please note that use of alternative testing is at the discretion of the instructor; please contact them as soon as possible to consider what arrangements need to be made.

Acceptable Proctors
• Official testing centers
• Certified librarians at a school, university or public library
• College or university administrators and instructors
• Educational officers of a corporation,
• Officer of United States Military

Unacceptable Proctors Include:
• Relatives or spouses/partners
• Friends
• Co-workers or business associates
• Peers
• Undergraduate students
• Athletic coaches

Student Responsibilities
• Make arrangements with a proctor as soon as possible! (at a minimum of four (4) weeks before the scheduled assessment event). Give the proctor the instructor’s email address and have the proctor contact the instructor.

• Let your proctor know if your assessment is done on paper or computerized before setting an appointment as they may not be able to accommodate you if your exam is computerized.

• Submit your proctor choice, using the proctor verification form, to the instructor as soon as possible, or at a minimum of three (3) weeks before the exam date.

• Check with your proctor before your exam is scheduled to make sure they have all the information needed.

• Pay any testing fees, if applicable.

• Be aware of time limits on your exam and keep track of the time.

• Notify instructor if the proctor feels the exam procedure has been compromised.