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Written by Callan Campbell
With HACC’s online courses, there’s no need to be incredibly tech-savvy to succeed. A basic computer that’s kept up-to-date won’t have any problems meeting the technological requirements. There’s also no need to worry about the famous controversy of PC or Mac—they are both sufficient. With only the basic computer skills, one can easily interact with his or her professors and fellow students as well as submit assignments and take tests and quizzes. To better utilize the resources available to make the courses as fulfilling and informative as possible, professors often custom-design their class formatting, which can be confusing. Thankfully, the professors provide the students with a guidebook, allowing them to get the feel of navigating through the unique formats.
Quizzing and testing procedures may vary between professors. Some require proctored exams, which are mainly the math and economic courses, but many allow them to be taken at home. More often than not, there is a discussion board that serves as class participation and homework submissions. This is where one can talk, ask questions, and get to know his or her fellow students as well as the professor. A word of caution: Online courses can be pretty “hands-off,” and sometimes professors are hard to get in contact with right away. Those who aren’t strongly independent learners may find that they won’t prefer this method of learning. Overall, online courses are a great option for those who can’t get to campus due to a job, family, or other obligation.
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