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1. What is the difference between remote and online courses?

Online courses do not have regularly scheduled meeting times but may have scheduled exams or deadlines for quizzes, projects or other homework assignments. Check your course syllabus for additional information. Instructors may offer lectures in an online course; however, attendance is not required.

Remote courses meet through Zoom via the posted days and times in the course schedule. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the live sessions as these will present an opportunity for students to ask and receive answers in real time. However, students who cannot attend the live sessions will be able to view the recorded Zoom sessions, on demand, through Moodle.


2. My remote course has days and times listed. What does this mean?

Remote courses have regularly scheduled meeting times as would an on-campus course. This allows students to interact with their instructor and classmates in real-time. Students are encouraged to attend these scheduled lectures. Faculty will also record the lectures for viewing at any time via Moodle.


3. My online course has TBD listed for the times. Will my instructor have scheduled times for my course?

Online courses are not offered during a specific day and time. Students can access the course at any time.  However, some online courses will have scheduled quizzes or exams, and all courses have deadlines for submission of homework assignments. Review your course syllabus to make note of important dates and deadlines.


4. My course has a lab. Will my lab be done remotely, online or on campus? How do I know?

In some instances, lab courses may meet on campus instead of through Zoom. Labs that require hands-on experiences that cannot be replicated in a virtual environment or have accreditation and/or licensing requirements will be held on campus. Labs meeting on campus will carefully follow CDC recommended protocols to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff. You can verify whether your course meets remotely or on campus by logging into Student Planning to view your class schedule. Courses that meet remotely will have “REMOTE” as the designated location for the course. Courses that are online will list “Online” as the course location. Courses that meet on campus will have a building and room number listed.


5. Will my instructor record lecture and/or labs in case I am unable to attend?

Yes, instructors will record any virtual meetings and post the video in Moodle for student viewing. Students should plan to watch the recording as soon as possible after the scheduled lecture to ensure they do not miss any important information and remain on track with their course work.


6. Can I schedule a meeting with my instructor?

Faculty are available to meet with students. The preferred method is virtual appointments to be scheduled through Zoom. Check your course syllabus for your instructor’s office hours. You can contact your instructor via email or Moodle requesting an appointment.


7. My course has a proctored exam. What does this mean? Do I have to come to campus?

Some proctored exams are provided remotely either under direct oversight of the instructor or using a proctoring tool such as Respondus. Other proctored exams may be provided on campus following strict safety protocols. Your instructor will provide you with specific information regarding course exams.


8. I am scheduled for a field experience course. How does this work during the pandemic?

Field experiences are dependent upon site availability. Some businesses may not be accepting students while others may welcome students with no restrictions. Work directly with your course instructor to plan for your field experience.


9. My course is scheduled to be on campus. What do I need to know to safely participate?

It remains critically important that all students, staff and faculty comply with state and federally mandated safety precautions. All courses providing instruction in a face-to-face format are required to have a detailed safety plan in place. For the safety of all students and staff, you will be required to wear a mask and maintain appropriate social distancing when on campus.


10. How do I get my books?

Textbooks and course material can be ordered online through the Newark campus bookstore for delivery to your home address. If you are a financial aid recipient, you must submit the Authorization for Books and Shipping Costs form available at my.cotc > COTConnect > Students > Bookstore Charge Transactions.


11. How much time should I plan to spend on my online/remote courses?

Remote courses have scheduled lectures that students are encouraged to attend. Days/times are listed on the autumn schedule. We recommend that you create your own schedule for online courses as well so that you have dedicated time each week to engage in learning through videos, discussion posts, readings, etc. Additional time each week should be reserved for completing assignments and projects, however, this may vary depending on the course.