Online Instruction

Traditional online instruction provides accessibility to courses 24 hours a day through the Internet utilizing the statewide learning management system called myCS Courses. These courses are accessed by clicking on the icon inside the CougarNet portal and can be identified in the class schedule with the section label “www.” myCS Courses students should have a recent model computer and be connected to the Internet through a reliable Internet Service Provider (ISP). It is strongly recommended that the minimum Internet connection be a high speed dial-up connection of at least 56kbps. A broadband or DSL connection is preferred.

Students enroll in myCS Courses the same as enrolling in regular courses. The student will then be provided access to the online course on the first day of classes. Some online courses require attendance at an on-campus orientation session, but no additional on-campus class attendance is required. Tests may require physical attendance at the Testing Center on either the Cleveland or Athens campus, or the instructor may employ special security software with the learning management system.

Student support is provided 24 hours a day through a Help Desk, and faculty members are available through on-campus office hours, telephone, email and, in some cases, virtual online office hours. Access to a variety of guides and self-help tutorials is available on the CougarNet portal, and additional help is available in the eLearn Lab located in the Media Center.

Virtual Courses

A growing number of real-time courses are accessible live by way of audio/video web conferencing on the Internet utilizing a special application called Elluminate. Web-based Elluminate courses are designated with a V (e.g., 7V0) in the section label of the
class schedule.

Virtual web-based courses offer maximum flexibility to students by making it possible for them to be in a live class without having to travel to campus. To access the course, students receive an email from the instructor with a link to the live virtual classroom.

Students enrolling in virtual courses should have access to a recent model computer with at least a 1.6 GHz central processing unit, a 100 GB hard drive and 2-3 GB of RAM memory. A microphone and speaker set, or headset with microphone, is required. A good quality webcam with microphone is recommended. The computer’s operating system must be at least Windows XP. Additional software will be provided with the first-time use of Elluminate. Internet connection through a reliable ISP is critical, and either a broadband or DSL connection is recommended. For students who do not have access to the technology required for a virtual course, a limited number of accommodations are available at the Cleveland campus and the Athens and Madisonville sites.

Students enroll in Elluminate virtual courses the same as enrolling in regular courses. On or prior to the first day of class, the student will be contacted by email with an invitation to join the virtual course. Most virtual courses require attendance at an on-campus orientation session, but no additional on-campus class attendance is required. Tests may require physical attendance the Testing Center on either the Cleveland or Athens campus, or the instructor may employ special security software that integrates with Elluminate.

Student support is available through the Media Center, and faculty members are available through on-campus office hours, telephone, email and virtual online office hours. The Elluminate website provides access to a variety of guides and self-help tutorials. Additional assistance is available in the eLearn Lab located in the Media Center.

Site-to-Site Digital Classrooms

CSCC offers group-to-group instruction through Elluminate web conferencing to tie together distance learning rooms between the Cleveland and Athens campuses. Each distance learning facility is a real-time virtual group learning center in which the instructor and students utilize computers, digital cameras, video projectors, a sound system and the Internet to provide a classroom-like environment. These courses are designated with a T (e.g., 6T0) in the section label of the class schedule.

In a site-to-site digital classroom, a faculty member is physically located in a live class at either the Cleveland or Athens campus. The instructor’s presentation is digitally uploaded in real time and is immediately available to students at the other campus site under the guidance of a distance learning monitor. The session can be saved by the instructor and made accessible to students 24 hours a day through the Internet. Guest presenters from anywhere in the world may also address students at either of the  distance learning locations.

Support is available from an on-site distance learning monitor as well as by faculty members through on-campus office hours, telephone, email and virtual on-line office hours.

Video Courses

Video courses are available at both the Cleveland and Athens campuses and are offered through VHS tape, DVD or online streaming video.

VHS tapes require standard VHS videotape playback equipment. A limited number are available at the Cleveland State Library. DVD requires the student to have access to a standard DVD player. Streaming video, which is becoming the preferred method for video content distribution, uses a web-based delivery system requiring Internet access. It is strongly recommended that students using this delivery method have access to a computer with a 1.6 Ghz central processing unit, 100 GB hard drive, 2 GB of RAM memory and at least a DSL or equivalent broadband Internet connection. Video courses are designated with an 800 number in the section label of the class schedule.

Students enroll in video courses the same as enrolling in regular courses. Following enrollment and on or prior to the first day of class, the student will be contacted by the instructor. Most video courses require attendance at an orientation session on campus, but no additional on-campus class attendance is required. Tests typically require attendance at the Testing Center on either the Cleveland or

Athens Site

Each video course is facilitated by a faculty member at either the Cleveland or Athens campus, and additional support is provided by faculty through on-campus office hours, telephone, email and, in some cases, virtual online office hours. Some instructors may require enrollment in Cleveland State’s learning management system, myCS Courses. Additionally, help understanding the operation of a VHS, DVD player or accessing streaming video is available in the eLearn Lab in the Media Center.