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Jefferson College courses that are offered in an online format provide students with choices that may better fit their learning style or lifestyle. These courses provide an opportunity for today's busy adult students to continue their education even if, by necessity or preference, they are not able to come to the campus during the specified times of other sections of the same course.

Courses offered are equivalent to on-campus courses in terms of content, degree of difficulty, and transferability. While these courses are more convenient to schedule, students who have taken the courses in the past agree that they are not easier. They require a lot of work, discipline, and self-motivation to keep up with the assignments. 

In online courses at Jefferson College, students and instructors use the World Wide Web (WWW) for the distribution of learning materials, for communication, and for student assessment.  Students should determine if they have sufficient computer literacy to take online courses or can find someone to help them learn such basic computer operations as using the mouse, scrolling, clicking on hyperlinks, saving files, using email, and searching the Internet. 

Online courses may require access to a combination of technologies such as computers, the Internet, and CD/DVD players.  Students will need personal access to a computer connected to the web and a current version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Netscape Navigator installed.  Students are responsible for meeting and maintaining the technology requirements for these courses unless College facilities are used. 

Are Online Courses Right for Me?
This simple, quick questionnaire is designed to help potential online students assess their chances for success in this alternative learning environment.  Explanations are included below.

  • Do you have circumstances that prevent you from coming to campus one to three times a week?

  • Do you manage your time well and get things done on time without having to be reminded? 

  • Are you self-motivated and a self-starter? 

  • Are you comfortable using technology such as computers, email, and the Internet? 

  • Do you have reasonably strong reading skills—can you read college-level textbooks and understand them? 
    Can you accurately follow written instructions? 

How to Score Yourself:
If you answered YES to all or almost all of the questions, you would probably enjoy taking an online course. These are courses in which you work independently. The instructor will determine the course completion requirements. The student assumes the responsibility to fulfill these requirements. The instructor will be accessible to the student but not in traditional weekly class meetings.

If you answered NO to all or most of the questions, you would probably prefer traditional classes. These classes meet at certain weekly times and have an instructor present. Some students are more successful in this type of environment.

Online courses provide an opportunity for today’s busy adult students to continue their education even if, by necessity or preference, they are not able to come to the campus during the specified times of other sections of the same course.

  • Some online courses require on-campus work--review sessions, exams, labs, etc.  Check with the course instructor to determine how much, if any, on-campus work is required.

  • Some students prefer the independence of online courses; others find it uncomfortable. Successful online students are usually those who complete their work on time and do not put things off until the last minute. 
  • Online courses give students greater freedom of scheduling, but they can require more self-discipline than on-campus classes. 

  • Online courses use technology for teaching and communication.  

  • Written materials are often the primary source of information in online courses.   Online courses require you to work from written directions without face-to-face instruction.

While online courses are more convenient to schedule, students who have taken the courses in the past agree that they are not easier. They require a lot of work, discipline, and self-motivation to keep up with the assignments.  

Students who successfully complete distance learning courses are generally self-motivated, keep up to date with assignments without reminders, and have good reading skills.

If you have additional questions about online courses, consult an academic advisor or contact Allan Wamsley, Director of Online Learning and Educational Technology at (636) 481-3342, (636) 797-3000 ext. 3342, or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Navigating an Online Course 

There are video tutorials available 24/7 to assist you  on a variety of Blackboard features at

Characteristics of Successful Online Students 
Students who are successful in this alternative learning environment have usually had the following characteristics:

  • highly motivated
  • independent
  • active learners
  • have good organizational and time management skills
  • discipline to study without external reminders
  • can adapt to new learning environments      

On-campus Testing Services

Jefferson College offers a Testing Center that typically provides the testing for students enrolled in online courses. The Testing Center is located on the south side of the Library building on the Hillsboro campus. The Arnold location provides testing services through the Learning Center located on the third floor of the building.   The Northwest location provides services in Room 127.

The examination process for online courses is typically explained in the orientation materials provided for each specific course.  Students are given a copy of the Testing Center's hours and are informed about the specifics regarding the examination schedule for their particular course.       

Students taking their examinations in the Testing Center will be required to present a picture I.D. with their signature for proof of identification.  

Online Testing
Some courses may provide an online testing component in which a student can complete the entire testing process online. Please refer to the instructor and the course syllabus for specific guidelines concerning online testing.  

Testing Services (approved off- campus)
Certain courses may provide for off-campus testing services in which a student is permitted to take examinations at an approved off-campus testing center site. The student should consult with the instructor of the course and the course syllabus for specific details. In this situation, the student would follow the hours of operation and testing schedule of the off-campus testing center. 

Orientation Sessions
All online courses have an orientation component that provides students with an overview of the course, a course syllabus or outline, and an opportunity for faculty to explain the course requirements in greater detail.

Orientations may be provided online or held by the instructor on campus and are an important element of all online courses. Students will have an opportunity to meet their instructor and have their questions answered regarding specific course information, whether online or in person.

For courses having an on-campus orientation session, attendance is usually optional.  Orientation times can be found in the course descriptions.  Alternative arrangements for orientations held on campus must be approved by the course instructor.

How to Take Online Courses

Purchase your textbooks or other materials from the campus bookstore.  Textbooks can be purchased online by going to the bookstore's website  or calling the bookstore at (636) 481-3251 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3251.  Be sure to mention that you are in an online course since textbooks sometimes vary from on-campus classes.  

Obtain your student I.D. from the Student Center or Hillsboro campus Library, the office at JC-Arnold, the office at JC-Imperial, or the office at JC-Northwest. This I.D. is required to check out materials from the Library as well as for using the Testing Center and other activities on campus. Alternative accommodations will be made for students outside Jefferson County.  

For courses which have a media component, check out the CD's or DVD’s from the College Library.   You may keep the material until the end of the semester.  Use the online request form link to arrange to have a set of materials sent to the Imperial or Northwest site for you to pick up.  If you live outside the local area, call the Library staff at ext. 3166 or 3167 to arrange for delivery.   

View the course online orientation information or attend the on-campus orientation session if provided. Here you will meet your instructor, review course expectations, and get answers to your questions about the course. 

Complete assignments and take exams within the deadlines provided. Contact your instructor if you have any questions as the course progresses. 

Contact Information

If you have additional general questions about online courses at Jefferson College, you may contact the following.  

Online Courses
Allan Wamsley  
Director of Online Learning and Educational Technology
(636) 481-3342 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3342
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Help Desk
(636) 481-3234 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3234
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Help Desk Hours: (when college is open)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday:  12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Learning Center / Testing Center Services
Betty Linneman
Director of Learning Services
(636) 481-3154 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3154
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Jefferson College Academic Computer Use Policy

As part of its educational mission, Jefferson College strives to provide quality computing facilities. Each computer user is responsible for use of the computing resources in an effective, efficient, ethical, and lawful manner. Please note that computing at Jefferson College is a privilege, not a right. Each individual is responsible for selecting; viewing, and utilizing appropriate resources and avoiding excessive use of the system that could interfere with other College purposes. It is the objective of Jefferson College to maintain an atmosphere of constructive learning, academic freedom and proper asset management and control. The following policies and practices are intended to be helpful in the appropriate use of Jefferson College's technology resources.

User Eligibility
All users must adhere to the Jefferson College Academic Computer Use Policy. Scheduled classes have priority use of the computer labs. Non-class users may be asked to leave during class sessions. Otherwise, the campus computer labs are open-access labs available to students and staff of Jefferson College.
Community members who would like to use a campus computer lab should contact a staff member. Approval will be based on availability of computers and an agreement to abide by the policies. All lab users under the age of 18 who are not currently enrolled in a Jefferson College credit class must have written parental consent on file in order to use the Internet. Parents should contact a staff member to obtain a Parental Consent Form for Computer Use. As stated in the Emergency Procedures Crisis Management Guidelines Manual, children under the age of 12 are not allowed on campus without adult supervision. Users may be asked to show a photo I.D. and/or sign in to use a computer in campus computer labs. Sign in data is used to generate usage reports to determine staffing needs.

General Guidelines
Access to computing resources is contingent upon prudent and responsible use. Inappropriate use of computing services and facilities will not be tolerated and may result in loss of computing privileges. In addition, disciplinary and/or legal action will be pursued for violation of these codes and statutes through appropriate procedures. To obtain additional information regarding the procedures and additional sanctions, students should refer to the Student Conduct Code found in the Student Handbook.

All computer users are expected to observe ethical behavior in the use of College equipment and services. Examples of inappropriate use include the following:

• Wasting limited resources, such as excessive printing or printing multiple copies
• Disproportionately using computing resources
• Altering, changing or deleting hardware and software configurations
• Loading unlicensed applications/program software onto lab computers
• Simultaneously using multiple computers
• Using College computing facilities for commercial purpose
• Interfering in any way with another’s use of College equipment or services
• Causing a disturbance or nuisance in the computer lab

Examples of unacceptable, zero tolerance use includes the following:

• Knowingly introducing a computer virus or other destructive program
• Creating, disseminating, or possessing pornography
• Possessing or using program, files, or instructions for violating system security
• Intimidating or creating an atmosphere of harassment based upon gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, or sexual orientation
• Creating an “offensive educational environment”

College staff members have the authority to revoke computer lab privileges for any person engaged in inappropriate or unacceptable use of the computer lab. Disregard of any warnings issued or sanctions made will result in referral to the Dean of Student Services for disciplinary action. Community members in violation of computer use policy may be referred to the Site Coordinator or Public Safety.

No person may use College computing resources to violate any state or federal laws. Such actions will result in notification of the appropriate authorities. Examples of illegal use include the following:

• Creating, disseminating, or possessing child pornography
• Violation of copyright law (i.e. making illegal copies of copyrighted material. Such materials may include software, movies, music. For example, peer-to-peer file sharing is often used illegally)
• Fraudulent, threatening or obscene e-mail, graphics, or other electronic communications
• Unauthorized entry into secure web sites or servers.

Please note that, since the Jefferson College computer labs are open-access labs, using a lab to review what may be considered pornographic or obscene material violates Student Conduct Code, III, Behavioral Misconduct, as outlined in the Student Handbook. Misuse of computers including but not limited to creating an “offensive educational environment” and “causing a disturbance or nuisance in the computer lab” violates Student Conduct Code, II, Interference with the Educational Mission of the College, as outlined in the Student Handbook. Computer users conducting research on a topic that may be considered harassing should contact the Director of Library Services to make other arrangements.


Jefferson College and its staff are not liable for any damages and/or losses associated with the use of any of its computer resources or services or incurred by loss of service. Users are encouraged to save often to removable media, not the computer.

NOTE: The terms lab, computer lab(s), and campus computer lab also refer to the computers in the Library at all Jefferson College locations. The term community member(s) also refers to Community Borrowers or any library user

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Help Desk Hours: (when college is open)
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Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday:  12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

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Last Updated ( Friday, 09 May 2014 )