City College Online Frequently Asked Questions

23 Apr, 2014
  • MyCity Online Learners attend classes in a virtual course room through the internet. Learners have the ability to log into their course room to read course material and actively participate in course discussions. Learners will also submit assignments, message their instructors, and take exams.

  • Course activities may include writing papers, posting response to course discussions, completing projects, and taking quizzes. While learners can choose when and where they work on the course activities, each course has a assignment due date schedule and a late assignment policy.

  • City College has a rigorous online educational platform which requires that students are motivated and self-driven to be successful within courses. There is substantial reading, research, collaborative learning, and writing activities that students must complete in a timely manner.

  • Students who wish to complete courses via distance learning must be aware that successful completion of online courses depends heavily upon self-motivation as well as technical proficiency in computer and internet use. In addition, students must possess good English and writing skills as well as effective time management.

  • In a traditional face-to-face class, a student spends 4 hours in class and then can expect to spend another 2 to 3 hours outside of class doing homework. In an online class, students will spend the same 7 hours completing coursework.

  • The only difference is that instead of an instructor leading you through a class for 4 hours and then you spending your own time on reading, research and completing assignments, you will now need to manage your time to complete readings, research and assignments in that same time block without 4 hours of instructor guidance. This is why being self-motivated and being able to manage your time effectively become critical.

  • Learners who have been accepted into City College may take online courses. Learners living outside the state of Florida may also take online classes, with the exception of California, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico. .

  • No, however, learners must have frequent access to a fully working computer or laptop, with MS Office Suite or similar software, virus protection, and reliable internet connection. Each City College Campus Library is equipped with computers for students but they each have scheduled hours of operation.

  • With permission, some learners are able to use the computers at their workplace outside of their normal working hours. Other learners use the public library but usage hours are limited.

  • MyCity Online courses are not self-paced. Online courses begin and end at the same time as the major terms of the traditional on-ground courses. Please refer to your academic calendar (located in your catalog) for specific dates.

Learners are more likely to be successful if they possess the following computer skills before starting their online classes:

  • Know how to use a mouse and keyboard to select and start programs, and to enter information. .

  • Know how to connect to the Internet and use a web browser to locate information on the Internet.

  • Know how to create and manage folders on a computer, including finding, uploading, downloading, and saving individual files.
  • Know how to download and install "plug-in" software such as media viewers, java, etc.
  • Know how to manage security settings on your computer through the Internet browser software and fire wall.
  • Know how to use word processing software such as Microsoft Word to create, edit, and print text documents.
  • Know how to use other MS Office Software, such as PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Know how to send and receive messages using e-mail.
  • There is no special software needed to participate in an online. However, learners are expected to use the current version of a browser (Fire Fox or Google Chrome) and possibly add a few plug-ins. A list of computer requirements is available in the City College Catalog.

  • Faculty and Students interact through the discussion board, feedback comments, and in some cases through Zoom (our web conference provider).

  • Yes, learners can send a message to our online support specialist for academic advising and scheduling issues. Click on the Contact Us Button. Then, click on the menu option to send a message.

  • Yes, learners can send a message to our online support specialist for academic advising and scheduling issues. Click on the Contact Us Button. Then, click on the menu option to send a message.

  • Yes, learners can order their textbooks through any vendor of their choice. For convenience, we offer learners the City College Bookstore. Please refer to City College Website for more information.

  • Online courses are open the Friday before the term starts

  • If you registered for an online course but cannot see your classes listed when you login, it may because you are attempting to log in before the start of the term (classes are not active before the first day of the term) or the course is not available online.

  • A full distance learner has adult responsibilities that prevent him or her from attending courses on-ground. For the flexibility of online learning, a full distance learner takes every course within the virtual classroom. A full distance learner can visit a local City College campus to enjoy the student resources.
  • Yes, our online courses supplement our traditional campus-based curriculum and programs with courses that meet the unique educational needs of the student by providing distance learning opportunities

  • City College Online offers two fully distance Bachelor’s programs: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Emphasis in Management and the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration.

  • Yes, City College Online offers English, Humanities, Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science, Behavioral Sciences, and Social Science courses to full distance and blended students.

  • City College online classes have a duration of 11 weeks. Students are required to participate each week in order to maximize their learning potential and to receive both attendance and assignment points.

  • Blended students can take a maximum of two online courses in a term in addition to their on-ground classes. Full Distance students can take a maximum of three online courses (12 credits) in a single term