The Temple College eLearning Department is responsible for assisting faculty with building and maintaining courses on D2L and the maintenance of other online learning resources. The TC eLearning Department is also available to assist students with questions concerning access to their D2L courses and registration in Virtual College of Texas (VCT) courses.
Your Class. Your Time. Your Place.
eLearning provides students with an independent learning environment and the opportunity to take classes from any convenient location.
Through the use of the internet, students can receive weekly lessons, complete assignments and communicate in a virtual classroom using the Desire2Learn (D2L) Learning Management System (LMS).
Taking a course through elearning can allow more schedule flexibility, reduces the time and expense of commuting and brings college right to your fingertips.
|Temple College 2014 Fall & 2015 Spring semester hours|
|Monday – Thursday||8 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
|Fridays||8 a.m. – Noon|
Brian St. Amour
Director of eLearning
Office: 822 – Arnold Student Center (ASC)
Dr. Mark Smith
Vice President of Educational Services
Office: 901B – Marc A. Nigliazzo Administration Building (ADM)
Spring Semester 2015
2nd 8-Week eLearning Student Orientations
Develop or refresh your skills on how to use TC Webmail, TConnect and Desire2Learn.
|March 11||2 – 3 p.m.||Main Campus, Watson Technical Center, Rm 522|
|March 11||4:30 – 5:30 p.m.||Hutto Center, Rm A212|
|March 12||3 – 4 p.m.||Main Campus, Watson Technical Center, Rm 522|
|March 23||12:30 – 1:30 p.m.||Main Campus, Watson Technical Center, Rm 522|
|March 24||6 – 7 p.m.||Main Campus, Newton Science Building, Rm 301|
|March 25||2:30 – 3:30 p.m.||Main Campus, Newton Science Building, Rm 301|
|March 25||6 – 7 p.m.||Main Campus, Newton Science Building, Rm 301|
|March 26||2 – 3 p.m.||Main Campus, Watson Technical Center, Rm 522|
|March 30||3 – 4 p.m.||Main Campus, Watson Technical Center, Rm 522|
eLearning courses are designed for people with scheduling problems and busy lifestyles. Instead of attending face-to-face classes, students use the Temple College Desire2Learn (D2L) system online to work independently. There are no limits to the total number of credits that may be earned via eLearning courses. Course content, college credit, and transferability are the same as for courses offered on campus. Students have the same rights, privileges and obligations as on-campus students. eLearning courses have the same academic demands and rigor as face-to-face courses with assignment deadlines and scheduled time periods for quizzes and exams.
Is eLearning for you?
eLearning courses require students to be goal-oriented independent learners who are self-disciplined. Not all students are comfortable with eLearning courses. Click on the following links to see if eLearning is right for you:
Hybrid courses are delivered as a combination of traditional classroom and Internet instruction. Learners can attend class lectures in person as well as access assignments online. Using computer-based technologies, instructors use the hybrid model to incorporate lecture or lab content into new online learning activities, such as case studies, tutorials, self-testing exercises, simulations, and online group collaborations. The goal of hybrid courses is to join the best features of in-class teaching with the best features of online learning to promote active independent learning.
The Temple College Library has approximately 57,000 volumes in its collection and more than 40,000 electronic books available through the netLibrary database. The Library maintains subscriptions to nearly 400 journals and magazines with many issues available on microfiche or microfilm. In addition, the Library subscribes to many periodical databases which permit on and off-campus access to thousands of newspaper, journal, and magazine articles to currently enrolled Temple College students. A Temple College user name and password is required for off-campus use. The Library also provides computers with Internet access and Microsoft Office for those students requiring the use of a personal computer or Internet access. If you are enrolled in an eLearning course, you may contact the Library by telephone or use our Library question form to find out how to obtain library books, how to use the online databases to search for journal or magazine articles, or to ask other questions. Temple College students attending classes at the Taylor campus may find the Texshare card useful in making it possible for you to check out books from participating libraries that are closer to you than Temple.
Students enrolled in eLearning courses take tests and exams during the semester. Test and exam date information will be provided by the course instructors. Unless individual instructors agree to other arrangements, students must come to the Temple College Testing Center for tests and exams. In many cases an instructor will allow a student to arrange to take tests at another college testing center, but this decision rests solely with the instructor.
Textbooks for some eLearning courses may be different from textbooks for face-to-face sections of the same course. Textbook information is provided in the course description, syllabus or instructor-led orientation sessions. The Temple College Bookstore stocks all eLearning textbooks.
Computer Requirements for Desire2Learn (D2L) Courses
Temple College strongly recommends learners have regular access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity when registering for an online and/or hybrid course. If you plan on using a personal computer you should read the “Technology Survival Guide” by clicking on the link from the TC eLearning webpage.
Learners may use computers in a TC computer lab on the main campus or at one of our Centers. Other software and hardware requirements are noted in the specific course home pages, which you can see by following the above listed directions. Your class notes, assignments, and discussions will be sent to you and returned through the web.
eLearning Student Orientation Workshops
Participation in an orientation workshop for an eLearning course is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. A calendar of scheduled face-to-face orientation workshops is available above. In addition, an eLearning Orientation and eLearning Tour are also available by clicking on their links from the TC eLearning webpage.
Access to Desire2Learn (D2L) System
First-time students will not have access to the Desire2Learn (D2L) system until 6:00am the first-day of class. Returning D2L students will have access to the D2L system, but will not see their courses until 6:00am the first-day of class.
The admissions and registration processes for eLearning courses are the same as for all Temple College courses. eLearning courses have the same pre-requisites and requirements.
To view a listing of Temple College eLearning courses click the “Current Class Schedule” link on the Temple College Homepage. For “Instruction Method” choose either “Internet,” “Hybrid” or “Interactive Video,” then click the “Submit” button to see course offerings.
Tips to be a Successful TC eLearning Student
Is the course a subject in which you are strong?
If the subject is one that you dislike or are not proficient in, you probably will want to take a Web-Enhanced or traditional class.
Do you ask questions immediately if you don’t understand something, or do you get frustrated before asking for help?
In a distance education course, you must take the initiative to contact your instructor to ask a question.
Will you miss the interaction with your teacher and peers?
Some students feel isolated in a distance education course. There is a need to have face-to-face interaction.
Do you have sufficient time to complete the course?
If you are trying to squeeze this course into an already hectic schedule, then you might have a tendency to give your distance education course last priority.
Do you plan a schedule?
Plan your schedule very carefully and try to stick to it. A campus course that meets three times a week will take an average of six hours of preparation per week. Since you are not meeting a traditional class, you can expect to spend an average of nine hours per week on your course work. Look carefully at your work schedule, school schedule, and family obligations and allow plenty of time for each.
Do you communicate with your instructor?
When taking a distance education course, you must take the initiative to ask your instructor questions if you do not understand the material. You may have to communicate with your instructor with an E-mail message or post a question on the class bulletin board, or you may have to call the instructor and leave a message on voice mail. Either way, the response from the instructor might not be instantaneous. You must learn to move on to other material and wait for your instructor to respond.
Interactive Video Courses
Interactive Video courses originate from a videoconference classroom at one of our campus locations and are transmitted to classroom(s) at other locations. Students taking interactive video courses at other sites come to a classroom at regularly scheduled times and interact via 2-way video with the instructor and on-campus students as if they were in the same room; a facilitator is present in the room to provide additional support and assistance.