Questions to ask BEFORE signing up for a Distance Education class:
1. What if I am a new student, how do I get started at Montgomery College?
2. Should I contact anybody before signing up for a distance class?
3. Can I talk to somebody before registering for a distance education class?
4. How do I register for a distance education class?
5. What should I do before taking a distance education course?
6. What equipment do I need for distance education at Montgomery College?
7. What computer skills are needed to take an online course?
8. Are counseling and advising available to distance education students?
9. Are the textbooks different for a distance education class than for an on-campus class?
10. Is technical support available for distance education students?
11. Does it matter if I am using a PC or a Macintosh?
12. Is there a set schedule, or can I work at my own pace?
13. Do I ever have to come to campus?
14. When do online courses begin?
15. How do I know which courses are taught fully online and which courses require some on-campus attendance?
16. Are online courses easier than on-campus courses?
17. How do I know if my online course will transfer to a 4-year college?
18. Can I earn an entire degree through distance education at Montgomery College?
¤ What if I am a new student, how do I get started at Montgomery College?
If you are new to distance learning, we recommend you take the Online Learning Pre-Assessment. This online learning pre-assessment allows you to determine your level of readiness for taking online courses. You will be asked questions on topics about computer skills; how motivated, organized, and self-directed you are, and how you prefer to learn new information.
Students should also visit the Online Student Orientation link. Distance Education online orientation through the Blackboard course management system is designed to help students new to online learning better prepare themselves for success at Montgomery College.
All new students at Montgomery College, including distance education students, should follow the easy steps from this link: Registration and Visiting Students (TOP)
¤ Should I contact anybody before signing up for a distance class?
While you are not required to make contact with anyone prior to registering for an online class, it is advisable to do so. Go to Counseling and Advising for contact information.
If you have questions for a professor about a specific class, please go to the DELT Course Listing. There you will find links to the instructor’s e-mail addresses by selecting the professor's name for the course you are looking to register for. Students can also check out the Course Information Page link. Students use the Course Information Page to find information such as Textbook, Course Prerequisites, and Contact information about the course(s) they have registered for. Not all Course Information Pages are currently up, pages will go up as instructors provide them.
Answers to general questions regarding DELT at Montgomery College may be directed by phone at (240) 567-6000, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. (TOP)
¤ Can I talk to somebody before registering for a distance education class?
Yes. If you have a faculty contact name, number, email, or Web page, attempt to reach the faculty member first. Otherwise, call DELT at (240) 567-6000. Faculty email addresses are located on the DELT Course Listing. You could also contact a counselor. (TOP)
¤ How do I register for a distance education class?
Credit classes: Like any other class at Montgomery College, one can register online or by coming to any campus registration desk. Students seeking credit classes who are new to Montgomery College need to fill out an application for admission; current students may register online if in good standing. For more details, see Registration options.
Noncredit distance education students should register for classes by going to Registration for Online Noncredit Classes. (TOP)
¤ What should I do before taking a distance education course?
As mentioned above, we strongly recommend students taking the Online Learning Pre-Assessment to determine your level of readiness for taking online courses. Students should also visit the Online Student Orientation link to become familiarize with Blackboard, the course managment system MC uses for online classes.
Each student or prospective student should also browse through the links listed under Before You Register on the left-menu. (TOP)
¤ What equipment do I need for distance education at Montgomery College?
Go to the technical requirements section of the DELT's Web site and see if your computer meets the requirements for using Blackboard. If your home computer does not meet these requirements, consider using a computer from the college library or lab. (TOP)
¤ What computer skills are needed to take an online course?
Students should be computer literate so that they can more easily complete the requirements of an online course. Word processing, e-mail, and Web navigation skills, including creating and executing online searches, are especially useful in Web-based classes. Copying, cutting, and pasting text will be useful in all courses. (TOP)
¤ Are counseling and advising available to distance education students?
Yes. To locate on-campus advising and counseling resources visit the Counseling and Advising section of this site. You can also email or visit the Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Rockville, or Germantown campus for more information.
Takoma Park/Silver Spring: email@example.com (TOP)
¤ Are the textbooks different for a distance education class than for an on-campus class?
The books for online courses may not be the same as those for the same courses on-campus. Be sure to purchase the books for the course AND section # (CRN) for which you are registered. See online bookstore information at: current bookstore information. (TOP)
¤ Is technical support available for distance education students?
Yes, technical support is available 24/7. Visit the following site for a list of technical support options: Blackboard Technical Support. (TOP)
¤ Does it matter if I am using a PC or a Macintosh?
No, the actual computer type does not matter. But the browser should be current. For a list of acceptable browser versions for Blackboard, please see the Blackboard Browser Tune-Up site. (TOP)
¤ Is there a set schedule, or can I work at my own pace?
Most distance learning classes require addressing content on a weekly basis. This means that the lessons and assignments are geared to be taken and completed each week. Students should keep up on a weekly basis; however, the times each week when you will work on your course(s) can vary. (TOP)
¤ Do I ever have to come to campus?
In some cases there is a mandatory orientation, or exams must be taken at one of the Montgomery College Assessment Centers. Please read the notes associated with your course on the current semester DELT Course Listing carefully before signing up for a distance education course. Most campus attendance requirements are listed there for each online course.
You can also check out the Course Information Page link. (TOP)
¤ When do online courses begin?
Online courses follow the same semester schedule as all other credit courses at Montgomery College. Depending on the instructor an online class may be available for student access up to a week before the scheduled semester start date. Some courses are not available until the end of the first day of the semester. Call DELT at (240) 567-6000, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to check to make sure you have correctly registered for an online course or if you cannot get into your course on the first day of the semester. (TOP)
¤ How do I know which courses are taught fully online and which courses require some on campus attendance?
Course sections in the schedule which bear the designators "DE" for Building, and "Web" for Room are completely online. If a portion of the class has a specific meeting time on campus, the dates and times will be listed. See the notes associated with your course on the current semester DELT Course Listing for specific meeting time requirements.
You can also check out the Course Information Page link.(TOP)
¤ Are online courses easier than on-campus courses?
Not usually. They are typically more rigorous. For example, to be successful in an online course one must do considerable reading and writing in the communications area. Further, since the communications are not in real-time, it is expected that each student will reflect deeply or perform research to prepare their written responses. It also helps to possess most or all of the attributes of a successful online learner. (TOP)
¤ How do I know if my online course will transfer to a 4-year college?
Online courses transfer in the same way as do courses that are taken on campus. Remember it is important to check with a MC counselor or your transfer school to make sure the course transfers and how it transfers. Each college/university has their own transfer policy on which courses they will accept regardless of whether the courses are on-campus or online. (TOP)
¤ Can I earn an entire degree through distance learning at Montgomery College?
Yes, but it would take careful planning and you may need to mix fully online with blended online classes to get an AA degree with a concentration in General Studies. With careful planning, you can arrange your schedule each semester to include a majority of distance education classes. You should work with a counselor to plan your degree requirements. Then, each semester, carefully check the course listing on the DELT homepage to determine which of your requirements can be fulfilled with online classes. Distance Education courses fill fast so register early. (TOP)