Getting Started - Instructions and Policies
How to Register
Internet courses are sections 50-59; 125-128; 130; 157-159. Look at your registration carefully for the correct section number. See Registration.
Contacting Your Instructor
By Thursday evening of the first week of class you must log in to your course or you will be dropped as a "No Show". You can use the D2L e-mail system to contact your instructor once you have successfully logged in to your course. If you need assistance with your username and password contact the Online College at 843-661-8117.
What You Need
In order to take a course over the Internet, you must have access to the following:
- A computer with Internet connection and a web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox recommended)
- An e-mail address and an e-mail program which supports file attachments
- A word processing program
- Specific hardware/software which may be required by the course
- Virus protection software. (E-mail or attachments with viruses will be immediately deleted and not received by your instructor. It is your responsibility to insure that your submitted work is virus-free. )
The above are minimum requirements. You may also need a CD-ROM drive, a downloaded document "reader" (such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word Viewer, or Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer).
In order for you to participate in online learning, you should possess at least fundamental skills in personal computer operation, word processing, e-mail (including file attachment), and use of a web browser, including searching and downloading. Some courses will also require you to develop research skills such as library use and electronic information retrieval.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to insure that you have the technical skills and that your hardware/software remain in operating condition in order for you to complete the course. Personal computer problems are NOT a valid reason for failure to meet course requirements.
Individual course syllabi may contain other grading criteria applicable to that course. Unless you are specifically notified otherwise by your teacher, all course work must be completed in order to receive a passing grade. See Grading System.
Plagiarism / Academic Dishonesty
Although you are encouraged to seek assistance in addition to that provided by your teacher (for example, from your classmates), it is assumed that all work submitted will be your own. Any proven case of deliberate plagiarism or other academic dishonesty may result in administrative withdrawal from the course. Additional sanctions, including academic probation or suspension, appropriate to the incident may be imposed. This action will be reviewed in accordance with the Student Code and Grievance Procedures, as stated in the college catalog.
Any work submitted by a student as part of Online College course requirements may be forwarded by the teacher to search organizations for verification of its authenticity, and may be retained as part of the search database.
Special Note Pertaining to Supervised Work: In view of the unique nature of online courses, supervised testing, including the comprehensive exit final examination, will serve as a tool to help insure the academic integrity of a your work and demonstrate the progressive development of your knowledge of the subject. At your teachers discretion, you may be asked to re-do any course assignment under supervision. You must present a picture ID in order to take a supervised test. Depending upon the course and other circumstances, the student may be required to arrange an approved proctor for off-campus testing.
Issues Pertaining to Email and Online Materials
All students' e-mail addresses may be available to other students in the class. Although some assignments in an online course may require peer communication, the teacher will make every effort to protect the confidentiality of any personal communication (for example, grades). However, you should recognize that e-mail and other electronic media are not secure; there is no guarantee of the privacy of your e-mail or other personal information.
The use of Florence-Darlington Technical College's website, e-mail service, or course-management software for creation and/or distribution of material not pertaining to course participation is prohibited and is grounds for dismissal according to college policy under "disruptive behavior." Such actions include, but are not limited to:
- inappropriate use of e-mail or discussion boards (such as harassment, unlawful solicitation, or "flaming")
- use of online editing tools within the course management software to create, including linking to, material which is generally considered pornographic or patently offensive)
The policy described in the Student Code and Grievance Procedures Manual, available in the Registrar Services Office, will be observed.