Frequently Asked Questions About Online Learning

Do I need to come to campus for an online course?

No. Online courses can be taken from anywhere with a reliable connection to the internet. For some classes, you may need to take an exam on campus or at one of many approved testing sites around the country.

Do I need to apply to Cecil College if I want to take an online course?

Yes, the registration process is the same for online courses as it is for on campus courses.

Do online courses cost the same as on campus courses?

Yes.

Can I receive financial aid for online study?

Yes, online courses qualify you for the same financial aid and scholarships that on campus courses do.

Can I use my personal email address to take online courses?

No. When you register for an online course you will get a Cecil College email address. You must use your Cecil College email address to log onto your online courses.

I don’t know much about computers. What happens if I need help?

Cecil College’s Instructional Technology Office has an IT helpline available to you Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at (410) 287-4357. The IT helpline can also be reached by email at helpdesk@nullcecil.edu.

Do I need special software to take online courses?

In general, at a minimum, you will need a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.), a reliable internet connection, and access to word processing software. Some classes may require other specialized software.

When do online courses meet?

Many online courses are taught asynchronously, meaning that you do not need to log onto your computer on a set day or time. However, some classes are meeting synchronously (at a designated day/time), so please check your course schedule. An advantage to online study is the increased flexibility, you decide when and where you want to work: day or night, at home or on the go, when and where you study is up to you.

Are online courses easier or more difficult than on campus courses?

Online courses are neither easier nor more difficult than traditional on campus courses—the work is the same. What makes online courses more challenging is that it is up to you to keep your coursework current. If you do not log on to do your work on a regular basis, it is easy to fall behind. Readings and assignments will have deadlines. Work submitted after a deadline will receive a reduced grade or possibly even not be accepted. Read the course syllabus carefully for complete deadline information.

How often do I need to be online and for how long?

You need to log on to your online courses several times a week. Failure to do so will cause you to fall behind in your coursework and miss deadlines for work to be submitted. You can log on as often as you like. If you prefer to do your work for shorter sessions, such as an hour a day, you can do so. If you want to get more done in one sitting, you can stay online longer. The important thing is to set and maintain a pace that allows you to get your work done on time.

How big are online classes? Will I get individual attention when I need it?

At Cecil College our classes are small so you get the attention you need. Your instructor will reply to your questions and concerns in a timely manner. Whether on campus or online, we want you to succeed in your studies.

I like classroom discussions and I learn a lot from them. Will I still get to hear from other students and the teacher online?

Online classes usually require class participation in the form of online discussions. Just like an on campus class, your final grade will often require participation in discussion groups on specific topics throughout the term.

Website Privacy Policy

Cecil College maintains this website to inform you of the many offerings and activities pertinent to the institution. We appreciate the trust you place in Cecil College, and we are committed to respecting your privacy and the security of your personal information. Our privacy statement, dated October 2006, describes the information we collect and how we use it. When using this site, you agree to the terms and conditions listed in the statement.

Privacy Statement

For each visitor to our web site, the web server automatically recognizes the visitor’s domain name. We do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information. No marketing databases are created as a result of your visit, nor are there any commercial uses made of any such data.

Cecil College does collect the following information:

  1. the domain name of visitors to our web page.
  2. aggregate information on what pages visitors access.
  3. certain technical information, such as the browser version and operating system.
  4. broad demographic information for aggregate use.
  5. the e-mail addresses of those who voluntarily communicate with us via e-mail.
  6. information volunteered by the visitor, such as survey information and/or site registrations.

The information collected is used:

  1. to improve the content of our web site.
  2. to analyze usage trends.
  3. to notify visitors about updates to our web site.
  4. by us to contact visitors for marketing purposes.

If you supply us with your postal address on-line, you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you supply us with your telephone number on-line, you may receive telephone contact from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

If you contact us voluntarily via email, you may receive email messages from us with information regarding new class offerings, services or upcoming events.

The Cecil College web site may contain links and information from other institutions and/or organizations. Cecil is not responsible for the privacy practices of these institutions and/or organizations, access is at your own risk. Cecil College will not sell, rent, or lease your e-mail address to others. Cecil does not set any cookies.

If you have questions about this privacy statement, you may contact us by mail at the following address:

Communications Office
Cecil College
One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901

You may send e-mail to the Communications Office at communicationsoffice@cecil.edu. You may call us at (410) 287-1000.

If you do not wish to receive emails, mailings or phone calls from Cecil College please request removal from our lists through the contact information listed above. If you wish to update your contact information, please inform us at the above.