Do I need to be logged onto the computer at special times?
There may be occasions when your instructor may schedule chat sessions. Most course interaction occurs on the course discussion board which can be accessed any time. Check your online course syllabus for details.
How do online courses work?
HACC courses use the Desire2Learn learning management system. Students login to the course site when the course begins, read online lectures and their course textbook; read and respond to emails and discussion board postings; and complete assignments and assessments by the due dates set by the instructor. Most communication takes place online, and courses typically have structured weekly lessons and due dates set by the instructor. For more information, visit the Online Learning page.
Where can I view a list of online course offerings?
Class schedules are listed by semester at www.hacc.edu/VirtualCampus/. Click on the drop down box to select a semester, then select GO. A list of courses will appear.
How do I find out more about a course?
Follow the steps to view the Class Schedule in the question above. Click on the course title to see a detailed course description page. A syllabus will be available on this page prior to the start of the semester.
How do I contact my instructor prior to the start of the course?
Your instructor’s contact information will be available on the course description page. See the question above to locate this page.
Do I need to come to campus for any reason?
Some courses do require campus visits for labs or proctored exams.Visit the individual course description page and view the course comments for meeting or proctored testing requirements. If you are unsure, check with your instructor.
I’m a student at another college. Can I take an online course at HACC and transfer it to my home institution?
Many “guest students” take HACC online courses. You need to currently be enrolled and in good standing at another College or University and taking courses at HACC to fulfill the home institution's degree requirements. For more information, visit Guest Students.
I’m a high school student. Can I take online courses at HACC?
HACC’s Early Admissions program permits students who are currently enrolled in high school to spend their senior year at Harrisburg Area Community College as a full-time student, or to take selected courses to complement their high school curriculum. For complete details, visit Early Admissions.
I am not sure that online learning is for me. Any advice?
Online learning is not for everyone. Take our self-assessment to help you determine if online learning is right for you. You may also contact us at 717-221-1300, extension 1510.
What type of a computer system do I need to take an online course at HACC?
• Any computer system, Windows or Macintosh, no more than 2 years old and caple of running current browser versions.
• Broadband connection (cable, fiber or DSL)
Requirements may vary by course. For example, some courses, like Spanish, require that you have a microphone for voice recordings. See your individual course description page for more details.
Do I need any special software for my course?
If any special software is required, the instructor should mention this in the comments section of the course description page or on the course syllabus. Make sure that any required software is installed on the computer you will be using PRIOR to beginning the course.
Is technical help available if I experience problems?
Yes. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.