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Frequently Asked Questions

While students do not have to access courses at a specific time, there are definite beginning and ending dates. Courses are not self-paced. Assignments are typically due each week just as in traditional college courses. Successful students usually access their online courses four to five times per week in order to keep up. Most reading, research and writing are done the same as with traditional courses.

Online classes begin the first day of the term.

A student must have excellent time-management and study skills to be successful in an online course where there is no immediate interaction with an instructor and classmates.

Yes, however some courses do require occasional travel to campus for proctored exams, library assignments and lab activities. Check with the instructor before enrolling if travel to campus is a concern.

Log into Blackboard on the first day of classes and click on your class. You should be taken to the “Announcements” page of your course. Read your instructor's announcement thoroughly and follow their directions. If you still have questions, e-mail or call your instructor. You should also thoroughly read the syllabus and ask your instructor anything that is unclear. In addition, clicking on each of the links on the left-hand menu and exploring each area will help you understand how the course is set up.

Do not wait for your instructor to contact you. Log onto Blackboard immediately. Our online courses are not self-paced. Online classes begin on the first day of the semester and end on the last day of the semester. Online classes have the same attendance policy as face-to-face courses.

ATC offers two degrees completely online: Associate of Arts and Network Systems Management. More information about these degrees can be viewed on our Online Learning page. Have questions about these offerings? Contact our Enrollment Services Center at (803) 508-7263.

Students access lessons and assignments through a web browser. Textbooks for some online courses also include a CD-ROM with animations, movies and supplemental information. Textbooks and other required materials are available through the Aiken Technical College Bookstore located in the Gregg-Graniteville Student Activities Center (900 Building).

Not always. Students must verify that they purchase the textbook required for a course by its specific section number or by its specific syllabus.

Tuition and fees are the same as other courses offered by the College regardless of delivery format.

Yes. The mode of delivery does not impact a course's acceptance at another institution with which the College has an articulation agreement.

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