Student Informed Consent for Online Classes

Expectations for TMCC's Online Students

  • Be a self-starter: have the maturity and motivation to work independently.
  • Use time wisely: be organized, be self-directed, and be willing to use new modes of communication and learning.
  • Be willing to put in the needed time: read the text carefully, and actively participate in online class activities.
  • Check communication frequently, submit all assignments on time, and discuss any concerns and questions with the instructor.
  • Have regular access to a computer that meets minimum requirements.
  • Have basic computer skills and be able to navigate the Internet.

How Online Classes Work

  • Confirm you have your username/password and know how to access the online class.
  • Remember that online classes are NOT self-paced. While most instructors allow you to work ahead if you choose, they usually have due dates that are firm and assignments must be turned in on that due date.
  • Be sure to check in for the first time within 1-2 days of the start of a session/semester.
  • Reserve ample time for checking course communication and to participate in course activities. It is recommended to dedicate at least 3 hours per credit per week towards your online courses.
  • Read the course syllabus and check for any special instructions from the instructor. Be aware of any instructor expectations as well as any assignment/activity deadlines.
  • Tour the online class to become familiar with where to find assignments and activities.
  • Follow the assignments and associated deadlines as identified on the syllabus and/or special course instructions.
  • If you have a question or concern, contact the instructor through established course communication.
  • Some online courses will require proctored exams. Please refer to your syllabus for details. If you are required to take a proctored exam you can use the Testing Center. If you can not make it to campus, you will be asked to take your proctored exam through one of our online proctoring services and will be responsible for any associated exam fees. Details will be provided by your instructor.

Note: online courses are just as difficult, or more difficult, and may be more time consuming than traditional courses. Online courses typically require much more reading and writing than traditional classes.