The decision to take a class online should be carefully considered before enrolling. It is true that online courses allow students flexibility. While you can access your class at a time that works with your schedule, classes are generally not self paced and have specific deadlines. No matter where you go or what time of day you wish to view course material, your class content is available 24/7. This is a wonderful advantage for those with full time jobs, families, transportation problems, or special needs. However advantageous online courses appear to be, please consider the following:
Online courses require time management skills. The student must log in regularly (3 or more times per week) and be prepared to read a great deal of information. Expect to spend 6 or more hours weekly on each online course, depending on the length of the course.
Most online courses at KCKCC are not self paced; they have definite start and stop dates, with assignments due weekly.
Students are expected to spend time reading, visiting websites, and posting comments.
Occasionally, problems with technology may impair these activities. When problems occur, it is important to quickly contact the technical support staff. Generally, problems can be solved quickly and deadlines can be met.
Successful online students are typically highly motivated, disciplined, and patient. Students must have consistent and reliable Internet access. KCKCC provides open labs for students wishing to work on campus.
Each online course carries an access fee of $30.00. Web enhanced (WE) courses have a $15 fee. There may be additional fees. Web-enhanced courses meet on campus in a traditional timeframe, of which certain elements are available within the password protected website.