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Frequently Asked Questions: Calvin Students

Q: How do I find out what textbooks or materials I need for my online course? Where can I purchase my textbooks and materials?
A: You can purchase your textbooks and materials from the Calvin College Campus Store. If you have any questions regarding textbooks and materials for your online course, please contact the Calvin College Campus Store at campus-store@calvin.edu or (616) 526-6376.

Q: How can I check to see if payment for my online course has been received??
A: Financial statements can be found in the Calvin Portal (http://portal.calvin.edu). Select Services > Student Accounts & Finances > My Statements. To confirm if a payment has been received, select Recent Account Activity.

Q: Can I drop the course if need be?
A: Students wanting to drop a course should consult with their professor, and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. With that said:

  • Refer to this page for information about adding or dropping a course during the Summer 2013 Semester.

Q: As estimates -- stated as a low-to-high end ranges -- what might the costs look like for any additional course materials (such as e-books, textbooks, course packs, printing/copying costs, etc.)?
A: The estimates/ranges at this point are as following (depending upon whether buy used or new textbook):

  • For Astronomy 110: From $40 up to $150
  • For Computer Science 108: Up to $50
  • For Communications Arts & Sciences 140: TBD
  • For English 230: Up to $150
  • For History 152: Up to $230
  • For Latin 101: Up to $50
  • For Philosophy 153: TBD

Q: Am I required to be online at a specific time for class?
A: No. However, professors may schedule online appointments where students meet at specific times -- based on student and professor availability. But again, professors are able to record those sessions and make them accessible online 24/7; so generally speaking, you do not need to be online at a specific time.

Q: What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous communications?
A: Synchronously means "at the same time." So if your entire class meets online each Tuesday at 4:30pm (using a web-based videoconferencing tool for example), this is an instance of meeting synchronously. Asynchronously means "at different times." So if a lecture is recorded ahead of time for you to review (per your own schedule), this is an instance of asynchronous delivery.

Q: Does Calvin offer any graduate courses online?
A: Yes, Calvin College also offers some graduate level online-based courses:

  • Education 510 Advanced Educational Foundations
  • Education 520 Theories of Instruction
  • Education 532 School Business Management
  • Education 533 School Law, Ethics and Policy
  • Education 542 Diagnosis & Remediation of Literacy Difficulties

Q: What is the cost -- per semester hour -- for Calvin's graduate courses that are offered online?
A: Tuition rates for graduate students are listed here.

Q: What is Calvin College's policy regarding verifying students' identities?
A: Calvin College Online has this Student Identity Verification Policy.

Q: What are the hardware and software requirements?
A: See the table below:

 
PC / Windows-based
Macintosh
Operating System Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 OS X 10.5 or higher
Processor Pentium III 1 GHz processor or above G4, G5 or Intel processor
Supported Client Java Versions 1.6 or 1.7
Blackboard Collaborate Support recommends that you use 1.6, 1.7 (Java SE 6 & Java SE 7) Java Access Bridge 2.0.1or higher for the best experience.)
Apple Java 1.5.0_16 +(J2SE5-32 bit)
Apple Java 1.6.0_07 +(J2SE6-64 bit)
Oracle Java 1.7 See known issues
RAM 512MB RAM (1GB RAM or higher recommended) 512MB RAM (1GB RAM or higher recommended)
Hard drive storage space 20 MB free disk space 20 MB free disk space
Internet access 56k or above (broadband connection strongly recommended) 56k or above (broadband connection strongly recommended)
Multimedia

Soundcard with microphone and speakers (minimum; recommend webcam)

Some of the helpful/potential media players include:

 

Soundcard with microphone and speakers (minimum; recommend webcam or use of internal camera)

Some of the helpful/potential media players include:

Productivity software Microsoft Office 2007 or above
Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or above
Microsoft Office 2008 or above
Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or above
Browsers Preferred browser:
Mozilla FireFox latest stable release

Safari 5.0+
Microsoft Internet Explorer 10
Chrome (Stable channel)

Preferred browser:
Mozilla FireFox latest stable release

Safari 5.0+ (see this page to insure compabitility with Blackboard Collaborate)
Chrome (Stable channel)

 

Q: Regarding Blackboard Collaborate, the system Calvin uses for web-based collaboration, do you have some information for first time users?
A: Yes, see the "Information for First Time Users" page at Blackboard.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions: Guests & Dually-Enrolled High School Students

Q: Is there financial aid available?
A: Students attending public high schools in the state of Michigan may be eligible to receive financial assistance from their school district. If you attend a public high school, be sure to talk to your guidance counselor to see if there is money available for you. Students attending nonpublic high schools may be eligible to receive financial assistance from the Michigan Department of Education. Check with your guidance counselor to see if you are eligible to receive the funds. If you are eligible, your high school counselor or principal must submit a letter to Calvin’s Admissions Office, which should include:

  • A statement indicating that you are eligible to take the particular dual enroll class (i.e. there is a scheduling conflict for that course at the high school, or the high school does not offer the course).
  • Any pertinent test scores that demonstrate your eligibility for dual enrollment
  • Your UIC (unique identifier code). This is essentially a state-issued student ID#, which your high school should have.

Q: How can I check to see if payment for my online course has been received??
A: Financial statements can be found in the Calvin Portal (http://portal.calvin.edu). Select Services > Student Accounts & Finances > My Statements. To confirm if a payment has been received, select Recent Account Activity.

Q: If, in the future, I attend Calvin College as a full-time student, will these semester hours be applied to my transcript?
A: Yes, successful completion of the online courses are considered Calvin College credits, and will count towards graduation requirements if you attend Calvin as a full-time student.

Q: If I end up going to another college or university, will these semester hours be applied to my transcript at that particular school?
A: Calvin credits are transferrable to most colleges. It is recommended to check with a particular school to confirm that they accept such credits.

Q: If I am a senior who has already applied for admission to Calvin for the 2013-2014 year, how do I apply to take an online course during the Summer of 2013?
A: The online dual-enrollment and full-time undergraduate application forms are separate, and you will still need to fill out the short application for the online course.

Q: Are there test scores or minimum GPA requirements to enroll in a Calvin Online course?
A: No, however a student must obtain permission from their high school to take a course for dual enrollment. It is up to the teachers and/or guidance counselor to determine if a student is academically ready for dual enrollment. A student applying for Calvin Online dual enrollment will submit contact information for her/his high school in order for Calvin to verify that the student has permission to dual enroll, and is academically ready to complete college level work.

Q: If I am a homeschooler working at the 11th and 12th grade levels (in the United States), can I take one of these courses?
A: Yes -- we welcome you to take one course at a time.

Q: As estimates -- stated as a low-to-high end ranges -- what might the costs look like for any additional course materials (such as e-books, textbooks, course packs, printing/copying costs, etc.)?
A: The estimates/ranges at this point are as following (depending upon whether buy used or new textbook):

  • For Astronomy 110: From $40 up to $150
  • For Computer Science 108: Up to $50
  • For Communications Arts & Sciences 140: TBD
  • For English 230: Up to $150
  • For History 152: Up to $230
  • For Latin 101: Up to $50
  • For Philosophy 153: TBD

Q: Am I required to be online at a specific time for class?
A: No. However, professors may schedule online appointments where students meet at specific times -- based on student and professor availability. But again, professors are able to record those sessions and make them accessible online 24/7; so generally speaking, you do not need to be online at a specific time.

Q: What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous communications?
A: Synchronously means "at the same time." So if your entire class meets online each Tuesday at 4:30pm (using a web-based videoconferencing tool for example), this is an instance of meeting synchronously. Asynchronously means "at different times." So if a lecture is recorded ahead of time for you to review (per your own schedule), this is an instance of asynchronous delivery.

Q: How do I find out what textbooks or materials I need for my online course? Where can I purchase my textbooks and materials?
A: You can purchase your textbooks and materials from the Calvin College Campus Store. If you have any questions regarding textbooks and materials for your online course, please contact the Calvin College Campus Store at campus-store@calvin.edu or (616) 526-6376.

Q: Can I drop the course if need be?
A: Students wanting to drop a course should consult with their professor, and will be handled on a case-by-case basis. With that said:

  • Refer to this page for information about adding or dropping a course during the Spring 2013 Semester.
  • Refer to this page for information about adding or dropping a course during the Summer 2013 Semester.

Q: What is Calvin College's policy regarding verifying students' identities?
A: Calvin College Online has this Student Identity Verification Policy.

Q: What are the hardware and software requirements?
A: See the table below:

 
PC / Windows-based
Macintosh
Operating System Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 OS X 10.5 or higher
Processor Pentium III 1 GHz processor or above G4, G5 or Intel processor
Supported Client Java Versions 1.6 or 1.7
Blackboard Collaborate Support recommends that you use 1.6, 1.7 (Java SE 6 & Java SE 7) Java Access Bridge 2.0.1or higher for the best experience.)
Apple Java 1.5.0_16 +(J2SE5-32 bit)
Apple Java 1.6.0_07 +(J2SE6-64 bit)
Oracle Java 1.7 See known issues
RAM 512MB RAM (1GB RAM or higher recommended) 512MB RAM (1GB RAM or higher recommended)
Hard drive storage space 20 MB free disk space 20 MB free disk space
Internet access 56k or above (broadband connection strongly recommended) 56k or above (broadband connection strongly recommended)
Multimedia

Soundcard with microphone and speakers (minimum; recommend webcam)

Some of the helpful/potential media players include:

Soundcard with microphone and speakers (minimum; recommend webcam or use of internal camera)

Some of the helpful/potential media players include:

 

Productivity software Microsoft Office 2007 or above
Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or above
Microsoft Office 2008 or above
Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 or above
Browsers Preferred browser:
Mozilla FireFox latest stable release

Safari 5.0+
Microsoft Internet Explorer 10
Chrome (Stable channel)

Preferred browser:
Mozilla FireFox latest stable release

Safari 5.0+ (see this page to insure compabitility with Blackboard Collaborate)
Chrome (Stable channel)

 

Q: Regarding Blackboard Collaborate, the system Calvin uses for web-based collaboration, do you have some information for first time users?
A: Yes, see the "Information for First Time Users" page at Blackboard.

 

 

 

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