F.A.Q's About Online Courses

  1. When do the courses start and end?
    Programs such as Business Administration, CYFS, University Studies, and Adult Basic Education online courses are semesterized, with specified start and finish dates. OFAD courses have monthly start dates, space permitting. OFAD courses are self paced, but courses must be completed within the specific number of course hours.
  2. How much time does an online course take? 
    The average 3 credit course will take 10 - 12 hours a week depending on how quickly you read and absorb the information provided
  3. What are the evaluation and participation requirements for online courses?
    Participation and evaluation requirements for online courses are structured and set out in writing at the beginning of each course.
  4. Where do I find out about my course workload, readings, and postings?
    Most online courses have a required weekly workload, including weekly readings and postings to their respective bulletin boards. Please check your individual online course materials for more information.
  5. How do I communicate with my instructor?
    Communications between students and instructors are generally online via Moodle messages or by e-mail . Regular communication is critical to your success!
  6. I live outside the East Kootenay region. What arrangements do I have to make to write some of my tests?
    Testing for your course may be completed online, submitted by e-mail, or supervised at a predetermined time and location. If invigilated tests are required, extra costs may be added for this service. Please visit About Exams for more information.
  7. Where and how do I purchase my course textbooks?
    Most courses have an assigned, required textbook. The cost of textbooks is extra, and not included in tuition fees. Textbooks may be purchased in person or online from the college bookstore. Please visit www.cotr.bc.ca/bookstore for information on your course textbook(s).

  8. Do online courses and face-to-face courses receive the same transfer credits?
    Credits acquired by passing a particular online course are equivalent to credits received for face-to-face courses and are equally transferable. Please refer to http://www.bccat.bc.ca/ for specifics on individual courses.
  9. Do online courses require the same student skill sets as face-to-face classes?
    Online study is not well-suited to everyone. Online study requires a great deal of self-determination, self-discipline, delayed gratification, independent study, and the ability to work alone. You also need basic computer skills (example: know how to open and use a word processing program and how to access websites on the internet).
  10. Will my current computer be suitable for online study?
    Computer models and capabilities change quickly. The more current your equipment, the more you will enjoy participating in your online course. Internet access is the key – the faster connections will work best when downloading information.
    Some users only have access to 56K modems and dial-up connections, which will still work -- but be prepared for extra time to make the connections and download information. If you have problems downloading information, please contact your instructor or the COTROnline Help Desk for help.

  11. Will I need any other equipment?
    You will need an internet connection and you may need a headset with a microphone and a webcam. Check the course outline to determine what textbooks and other resources are required or contact the course instructor.

Last modified: Friday, 18 January 2019, 4:39 PM