Internet Courses

What is an Internet course?

With the growing demand of students and faculty nationwide, Rowan-Cabarrus has developed a strategy to provide complete degrees, diplomas, and certificates online. Internet students receive course instruction through the use of online content, email, and textbooks.

Internet students complete their courses without on-campus meetings, although instructors may require on-campus testing. Before beginning Internet courses, however, students are required to meet specific academic and skill prerequisites. The start and end dates of all courses are listed at the top of the syllabus, which will be provided online (Blackboard) within the course site. You will not have access to the course until its official start date.

Steps to Taking an Internet Course

I. Qualify by Meeting Requirements & Prerequisites

II. Register and Pay

  • For more information on applying to the college, registering for classes or paying tuition and fees, please visit the student services website.

III. Complete the “Welcome to Blackboard” Orientation

Each semester, Rowan-Cabarrus students are provided access to a Welcome to Blackboard course. The Welcome to Blackboard orientation is presented in the same format as an online course and is provided through Blackboard, Rowan-Cabarrus’ course management system. All students are encouraged to complete the orientation prior to gaining access to their course materials in Blackboard.

Orientation Instructions

  1. Access Blackboard to begin orientation.
  2. Find the orientation course listed in the “My Courses” section in the center of the “My Blackboard” page.
  3. Click on the course and follow the instructions to complete.
  4. Be sure to complete the entire course. You may be asked to submit a form at the end of the course to verify completion.

Orientation for Returning Internet Students

The information provided in the online orientation will be available to returning internet students through their course within the course information section (Start Here).  Students who have completed Internet courses at Rowan-Cabarrus previously are encouraged to review the orientation content for important instructions and helpful reminders.

IV. Access Your Class

Internet courses follow the regular semester schedule. Students should refer to their class schedule for class start dates. Students are expected to access their course (via Blackboard) on the first day of class (start date) to receive instructions and begin their coursework. Courses are not self-paced.

Important: Each Internet course contains an Enrollment Verification Assignment (EVA), located in the Start Here area of the course. The deadline to complete the EVA will be communicated by your instructor via email or Blackboard. Additional course content may not be accessed until completion of the EVA. To ensure access to course content and continued course enrollment, complete the EVA on the first day of class.

Regardless of any other work you may have completed in the course, not completing the EVA by the due date will:

  • Result in your being administratively withdrawn from the course.
  • Make you ineligible for a refund. If you are receiving financial aid you may be required to reimburse tuition and fees.

V. Participate

  • Use your college email account for all email communication.
  • Meet assignment and testing deadlines set by the instructor.
  • Spend an average of two hours or more per course credit hour each week on coursework.
  • Actively participate in the course and maintain weekly contact with the instructor.
  • Adhere to the testing requirements of the instructor.

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