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FAQ's about online learning at Westminster

Westminster College Pick Up 3 Summer 2017 Online FAQ

Registration and Grades

What are the dates for the Pick Up 3 Summer 2017 Online term?

What documents need to be submitted in order to enroll?

How do I transfer my completed course credit to the college I have been attending?

How do I confirm my college will accept this class credit transfer?

If my class is cancelled, how soon will I be notified?

How many students does it take to 'make' a class and will my class be cancelled if it doesn't reach a minimum number of students?

What is the maximum number of students enrolled in an online class? (student/faculty ratio)

When will my final grade be available to me?

How do I find out my grade at the end of the course?

Is it possible to enroll in a winter course and receive the grade of Credit, without a letter grade?

If I fail or withdraw from my class, will that be recorded on my transcript?

Class Structure

Will my online class be held with all students and faculty on the same day(s) and time?

Will I be able to log into my class at any time convenient for me to do the required coursework?

May I access the course syllabus before classes start? If yes, how?

I've never taken an online course before, is there an online tutorial I can review before I start my class?

What type of equipment (computer, speakers, software, etc.) will I need for this class?

Do I have to attend any classes on the Westminster campus or will all the class sessions be online?

If I have issues with my class, the technology, my classmates or instructor what should I do?

How does Westminster ensure that the student enrolled in an online class is the one doing the coursework?

Finance

Does Westminster College have any funding available to help me pay for my classes?

What is the tuition of online classes?

When will I need to have full payment for my class?

If I have a student financial aid package at my other college, can that funding be used at Westminster College for this online class?

May I pay my tuition with a debit or credit card?

What do I need to do to use my veteran and/or military (TA) education benefits?

Will I get a full refund if I withdraw from the class?

Will I be charged a technology fee or other type of fee?

Books

Do I need to purchase books for this course?

Where do I purchase needed books for this class?

Is there a program at Westminster that I can resell my book after the class?

General

I live close to the Westminster College campus; may I get library privileges at Reeves Library while I am enrolled in this class?

Will I be able to access Westminster facilities as a non-degree seeking student?

What online resources does the library provvide for Westminster students? How can I access those resources?

What is your accrediting body?

If I have more questions, whom may I contact?


Registration and Grades

What are the dates for the Pick Up 3 Summer 2017 Online term?

The May 3-week term begins on May 15 and ends on June 2 and the Summer 6-week term begins on June 5 and ends on July 14.

What documents need to be submitted in order to enroll?

Non-degree seeking students only need to submit the online application. No SAT or ACT scores, transcripts, or recommendation letters are necessary.

How do I transfer my completed course credit to the college I have been attending?

Westminster College will provide one free official transcript for all external students at the end of the online term. The free transcript must be requested within two weeks of the end of the term, and students must submit a transcript request form, available on the Westminster website.

How do I confirm my college will accept this class credit transfer?

Students should consult their home institution prior to enrolling in online classes to determine if the course will transfer. Most institutions will accept credit from Westminster, as Westminster is regionally accredited. However, the specific course equivalency credit is determined by a student's home institution.

If my class is cancelled, how soon will I be notified?

Cancelled classes will be announced two weeks before the class begins and students will be notified via e-mail. Students enrolled in cancelled classes will have the opportunity to add another class.

How many students does it take to 'make' a class and will my class be cancelled if it doesn't reach a minimum number of students?

Westminster normally requires at least six students enrolled in online classes in order for the class to be offered. However, many faculty agree to offer classes with fewer than six students. If your online class has fewer than six students enrolled, you will be notified via e-mail if the class will be taught.

What is the maximum number of students enrolled in an online class? (student/faculty ratio)

The normal limit for online classes is 24.

When will my final grade be available to me?

Online grades are due from faculty on Tuesday after the term ends. Grades will be available on MyWC for students on Wednesday or Thursday after the end of the term.

How do I find out my grade at the end of the course?

Log into MyWC, Click Academics, go to Grade Report and change term to the online term you are enrolled in.

Is it possible to enroll in a winter course and receive the grade of Credit, without a letter grade?

Westminster College provides the option for external students to enroll in online classes on a CR/D/F basis.

Students should consult with their home institution to make certain that the course grade of CR (C- or better) will transfer before electing to take a course CR/D/F.

If I fail to withdraw from my class, will that be recorded on my transcript?

3-Week Term - Students who do not drop their 3-week online course before 4:00 p.m. on the second day of classes will receive transcript notation. Students who withdraw from their 3-week online class before 4:00 p.m. on the 11th day of classes will receive the non-punitive grade of WP or WF on their transcript (WP and WF grades do not count in the GPA).
6-Week Term - Students who do not drop their 6-week online course before 4:00 p.m. on the third day of classes will receive transcript notation. Students who withdraw from their 6-week online class before 4:00 p.m. on the 21st day of classes will receive the non-punitive grade of WP or WF on their transcript (WP and WF grades do not count in the GPA).

Students who do not withdraw from their online class before the end of the withdrawal period will receive a letter grade for the course at the end of the term. (Additional drop/withdrawal and refund information with specific dates will be distributed to all students via e-mail before classes begin.)

Class Structure

Will my online class be held with all students and faculty on the same day(s) and time?

Each instructor at Westminster has an individualized syllabus and their own time deadlines within the three-week or six-week term. All work must be completed by the end of the term, but whether students are given all the work to do at their own leisure, or if the deadlines are spread out over the three weeks or six weeks is determined by the instructor. Due dates are cleaerly delineated in the course calendar within the individual syllabus of each class.

Will I be able to log into my class at any time convenient for me to do the required coursework?

The Moodle online platform will be ready for students to begin logging into the class on the first day of the term; however, many instructors also open up their classes earlier, and they will let students know if Moodle will be ready before the class begins. Students may login to their online platform as well as complete work for the class 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the entire term.

May I access the course syllabus before classes start? If yes, how?

Individual instructors determine whether classes will be opened in advance of the first date of classes. Students will be notified by their instructor if this is the case.

I've never taken an online course before, is there an online tutorial I can review before I start my class?

In lieu of an online tutorial, we provide studnets with information relative to technology when they initially enroll in an online course, and also with information from the Registrar's office as well as Information Technology. Students also will find a Welcome Letter from the Direcotr of online Teaching when they enroll, and the individual instructor will email students shortly after they are registered for their class.

What type of equipment (computer, speakers, software, etc.) will I need for this class?

Unless the instructor indicates differently, students simply need access to the Internet through a reliable computer and the capability to login to the Moodle platform. Students should also be prepared to check email on a daily basis, for notices from the instructor, the Registrar, or other individuals who may need to contact students regarding their online course.

Do I have to attend any classes on the Westminster campus or will all the class sessions be online?

All classes will be held online for both the three-week and six-week terms.

If I have issues with my class, the technology, my classmates or instructor what should I do?

Students should contact the IT Department at help@westminster-mo.edu with online class issues. Under the “re” refer to “winter online” and a return message should be sent extremely quickly. We pride ourselves on making sure our turn-around time is very brief and have technology staff, the Director of Online Teaching, and the Registrar who are extremely conscientious in returning emails and providing solutions.

How does Westminster ensure that the student enrolled in an online class is the one doing the coursework?

All students who attend Westminster College, in any capacity, are expected to adhere to the College policies regarding honesty; integrity and fairness (see Westminster Home Page). Each instructor will distribute an Honesty & Netiquette Statement as well.

Finance

Does Westminster College have any funding available to help me pay for my classes?

No, Westminster does not offer institutional financial aid for online courses for non-degree seeking students.

What is the tuition of online classes?

The tuition for the Summer Online courses is $275.00 per credit hour.

When will I need to have full payment for my class?

Students will need to pay online when registering for the course.

If I have a student financial aid package at my other college, can that funding be used at Westminster College for this online class?

No, Westminster cannot process financial aid for a student from another college who enrolls at WC to take an online class because they are not degree-seeking students at WC.

May I pay my tuition with a debit or credit card?

Yes students may pay with a debit or credit card when enrolling online.

What do I need to do to use my veteran and/or military (TA) education benefits?

Students who plan to be certified for Veteran benefits for their winter class should contact the Registrar’s Office at 573-592-5213 before classes begin.

Will I get a full refund if I withdraw from the class?

No, students who drop or withdraw on Class Days 1 through 5 will be refunded all tuition except $275.00 per class. No tuition will be refunded after this date. In order to receive a full refund, students must contact the Registrar's Office to drop the online class prior to 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before the class beings. (Additional drop/withdraw information and refund information with specific dates will be distributed to all students before winter classes begin.)

Will I be charged a technology fee or other type of fee?

No, there are no additional fees required for winter term classes.

Books

Do I need to purchase books for this course?

This is at the discretion of the instructor; it is highly advised that students purchase all required books very much ahead of the start date of your class. With holiday purchases and slower mail services, etc., this is especially important. When allowed by the instructor, e-copies instead of hard copies of texts may be purchased.

Where do I purchase needed books for this class?

All required books and supplies for online courses are available for purchase or rent at the Westminster Bookstore at www.westminshop.com. The Westminster Bookstore also has copies of all the Winter Online books in the store now available to purchase or rent. Is there a program at Westminster that I can resell my book after the class? The Westminster Bookstore can check Buyback prices every day that we are open although the best times of year to sell are at the end of each term. We buy back books not just for our courses but for almost 2,000 other campuses across North America.

Is there a program at Westminster that I can resell my book after the class?

The Westminster Bookstore can check Buyback prices every day that we are open although the best times of year to sell are at the end of each term. We buy back books not just for our courses but for almost 2,000 other campuses across North America.

General

I live close to the Westminster College campus; may I get library privileges at Reeves Library while I am enrolled in this class?

Yes, all Westminster students have access to the library. If students will be on campus they may bring a driver’s license, or other form of identification, to the front circulation desk of the library to receive a temporary library card. Non-degree seeking students enrolled in online courses should park in visitors parking or request a temporary parking permit from Plant Operations when visiting the library.

Will I be able to access Westminster facilities as a non-degree seeking student?

No, since non-degree seeking students do not pay student fees, they are not eligible to access Westminster facilities, other than the library. Admittance to all other Westminster facilities require a student identification card.

What online resources does the library provide for Westminster students? How can I access those resources?

Reeves Library provides 24/7 online access to our catalog and journal databases. Students should go to the main library web page LIBRARY and use their campus computer account to log-in for access.

  • We provide access to over 32,000 full-text periodicals and journals.
  • The catalog contains links to our e-book collection of over 118,000 academic books.
  • Interlibrary Loan is also an option with books being mailed to students and journal articles scanned and sent to the student’s Westminster email account.

Individual reference assistance is also provided over the phone (573) 592-5247, through email to Reeves.Library@westminster-mo.edu

What is your accrediting body?

Westminster College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Additional information may be obtained here.

If I have more questions, whom may I contact?

Sue Serota, Director of Online Teaching, at 563-592-5210 or Sue.Serota@westminster-mo.edu
Dr. Serota will be available via e-mail on nights and weekends.

Phyllis Masek, Registrar at 573-592-5213 or Phyllis.Masek@westminster-mo.edu
The Registrar’s Office is open M-F from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mrs. Masek will be available via e-mail on nights and weekends.

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