FAQ

E-Learning Frequently Asked Questions

What is an online course?
Online courses are classes that are taken entirely through the internet, without the need to attend classes in a physical classroom.  The class materials and content for traditional and online courses are the same or very similar. 

How do I register for an online course?
Registration for online classes is handled strictly through the Advising Department.

Where do I go to log into my online course?

https://meridiancc.instructure.com/login

Do I need to own a computer to take an online course?
Although it is not necessary, it is highly recommended that you own a computer to access your courses.  This will increase the convenience of accessing your course(s) as well as the amount of time that you are able to devote to completing course requirements.

What type of computer (system requirements) do you recommend?

A computer with a reliable internet connection is recommended.  A high-speed connection such as cable modem or DSL is preferable, especially for accessing content such as Wimba tutorials and audio/video lectures.  Many courses offer materials using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, so it is also preferable to have Microsoft Office installed to your computer.

Are online courses for me?
To succeed in online courses, you will need to be comfortable using computers, as well as accessing the internet and communicating using e-mail.  You must have the time and ability to access the internet several times per week to stay current in the class and to meet course deadlines for assignments and exams.  You must be self-motivated and be able to read information and follow directions carefully.

How many online courses can I take at once?
Students should be careful not to overload themselves when scheduling.  Many students come to realize that online courses require more time than expected.  In general, expect to spend about 3 times the number of credit hours per course.  For example:  MAT 1233 8A is a 3 credit hour course, so expect to spend roughly 9 hours per week on coursework.

Can I take classes from another community college in the state?

Yes.  Meridian Community College is part of the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC).  We provide online courses taught by MCC instructors as well as hosting courses taught by instructors from other institutions.

Do online courses count toward full-time status?
Yes.  Online courses will provide the same amount of credit hours as a traditional course and count toward your full-time status.  Your advisor will be able to provide more information regarding class requirements and credit.

Can I receive financial aid?
Yes, you can receive financial aid for online courses as well.  Please check with the Financial Aid Office for details.

How do I withdraw from an online course?
It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from any and all courses.
The student should contact the instructor (in person, by phone or via email) to
discuss the decision to withdraw.

A student can request to be withdrawn from courses by completing the following steps:

  1. Log on to Eaglenet and click on the “My Student Services” tab
  2. Select the “Registration” tab
  3. Select the “Request to be Dropped from a Class” link
  4. Select the course or courses to be dropped
  5. Select “Update Drop Request”

The request must be submitted by the withdrawal deadline. Refer to the Academic Calendar in the online catalog at www.meridiancc.edu for withdrawal deadlines.
The student should review the attendance policy for each course, each class attendance policy still applies.

What is a proctored exam?
An exam that must be taken under proctored supervision.  Proctored exams may be taken at any MSVCC testing lab.  A list of all testing sites, lab hours, and contact information can be found on your Blackboard site.  To view this listing, go to the "MCC Student" tab and click on the "Proctoring Info" link on the left-hand side of the screen.  It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements to come to a testing center for proctored exams.

The only exceptions for not using an MSVCC testing center are the following:

  • Out of state students
  • Physical disability that prevents travel to an MSVCC site.

Students meeting these exceptions will refer to the "Test Proctoring" area located under the "MCC Student" tab for instructions on setting up an approved proctoring site in their area.  Students are also free to contact the E-Learning lab for more information.  Requests for off-campus proctors must be submitted 1 week  prior to testing to allow adequate time for processing.

Will I be required to take a proctored exam?
Yes.  MSVCC policy states that there must be at least one proctored exam per class per semester.  Each class may require more than one proctored exam per semester, but this will be the minimum.  It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements to come to a testing center for proctored exams.

Can I see a copy of my syllabus prior to the class starting?
Yes, you can view a copy of your syllabus prior to your class starting by viewing your student profile. You can access your student profile by clicking here. MCC recommends you view your profile prior to class starting as it will provide you with valuable information regarding required textbooks, course materials, course grading scale, attendance policy, and much more. Additionally, since attendance is based on logging into a course, students should view the profile prior to logging into their online course.