How do Cerro Coso Online courses
|You must have access to the Internet and a computer
(for more specific equipment requirements see computer requirements).
You will access your class via your web browser during times that are
convenient to you. Our classes are not designed to be self-paced, there
are definite beginning and ending times as well as specific dates that
assignments and tests are due. They are, however, designed to be taken
asynchronously – at your convenience. You can access your class at
9:00AM, 9:00PM, 3:00PM, or 3:00AM! For the most part you will do your
reading and coursework offline, take tests offline and online, and
interact with your instructor and classmates via electronic mail,
discussion groups, and, in some cases, chat rooms. You can also interact
with your instructor via the telephone. Cerro Coso Online courses are
designed with flexibility in mind.
do I get the username and password for the classes?
|Registered students will be able to access their
courses from the Friday before class starts, until the actual start date
of the course, at 8pm. Students can log into the Portal by clicking on the InsideCC icon on the left side of our webpages,
or by going to the Student Login pages (link on the right of each CC
Online page). Once logged in, the student will click on the My Courses
tab, then on the name of the course. Note: If you don't see your
course's homepage, you have NOT LOGGED INTO THE COURSE. If you do not
log into the course by 8pm on the start date, you will be dropped.
Students with a Bakersfield College email address will access their CC
Online courses through the
InsideBC portal, and
students with a Porterville College email address will access their CC
Online courses through the
If students do not access their online courses before 8
P.M., PST, on the start date, they will be dropped to accommodate the
Waiting List students.
How does the InsideCC Portal work?
|Students log into the portal using their full
school-assigned email address (@email.cerrocoso.edu,
@email.bakersfieldcollege.edu, or @email.portervillecollege.edu) and
their BanWeb pin. From there, they will have access to their online
classes, BanWeb and their email. A few training videos can be found
have to access my class at the same time every day?
|No, but you will have to access your class several
times a week at times that are convenient to you. It depends on the
course, but most students will find that they will need to access the
class between 5 and 7 times a week in order to keep up with class
discussions, student questions and assignments.
do I receive my course materials?
|Your lectures will all be accessed via your web
browser. Your textbooks and other required materials will be available
through either the Cerro Coso Bookstore or other bookstores which you
can access online. Click here for more information about the bookstore.
makes Cerro Coso Online courses different from traditional classroom or
|CC Online courses have a high level of interaction
between students and the instructor. You will find that the level of
interaction in CC Online courses will be as high as that of traditional
face-to-face classroom based courses – in many cases much higher. Many
students feel that they are able to contribute more to a discussion in
online courses and that the depth of coverage in online discussions
yields much more knowledge. No longer do you have one or two students
monopolizing the discussions – in CC Online courses everyone has the
chance to contribute and be heard!
is Cerro Coso Online’s campus life like?
|Students taking courses through Cerro Coso Online have
access to library facilities, counseling and student services, and other
CC Online students, staff, and faculty. You may be located hundreds or thousands of miles away
from the physical campus but every attempt is made to make all students
feel part of the Cerro Coso experience.
type of computer equipment do I need?
|Different courses may have specific
requirements. At a minimum, you need a PC or Mac compatible computer
with a 56k dial-up internet connection. There should be a modern browser
like Firefox or Internet Explorer 8.0 installed. Most of the Computer Information Systems courses will
require that you have a PC capable of running
current Microsoft Office software. Some courses may require access to a
high-speed connection. For
specific course equipment requirements please call Cerro Coso Online at
(888) 537-6932 toll free. Please note that our Math courses are not
compatible with Macs.
have to be a computer expert to take CC Online Courses?
|Not necessarily. If you have accessed the internet before you
have no trouble with most classes. Each course is designed around a familiar and simple to
use interface. When the course begins you will receive instructions from
your instructor about general course information. You should find that
it is very easy to go from one CC Online course to another, however some
classes do require you to have a higher proficiency
with computers and related software. Consult the course description and,
if you have any further questions, the class instructor.
can I enroll in Cerro Coso Online?
|For information on enrolling in Cerro Coso Online go to
Enrollment Page. California resident enrollment fees are $46 per
semester unit with NO CAP, i.e., 10 units=$460, 12 units= $552 and so
on. Out-of-State costs can be found on the
Tuition and Fees page. For more
information on resident and non-resident tuition and fees information
please see the
Admissions and Records page.
Please note: Summer/Fall tuition has gone up. You can use the link above to
view the Tuition and Fees page for the Summer/Fall tuition information.
does it show a set day on my Class Schedule for my online class (in the
|If you see a day listed under the Days Column on your
official Class Schedule in BanWeb, it is just for statistical purposes
only. CC Online classes are totally online (with the exception of the
SPCH C101 online class and some of our Biology courses).
do I submit essays and written assignments to the instructor?
|Written assignments can be submitted via e-mail or
uploaded onto the class web (if the instructor chooses to use this
drawback is that that e-mail will not retain the formatting of the
original file. This can be serious problem when you are expected to
present your written materials in a particular file format., or style.
One way around this is to submit your writing assignment as an
"attachment" to an e-mail message. In this case, if your instructor has
the same word processing software as you, then he will see your writing
assignment in exactly the same form as it was written. An alternative is
to send the file as a Rich Text Format document. The Rich Text Format
has the advantage that most formatting is preserved and can be viewed on
a variety of popular word processors.
The following instructions were written by Corey Marvin, VP of Academic
Affairs, to help guide you through the process of sending a written
assignment as an e-mail attachment:
- From your email program, begin a new message addressed to the
person(s) you are sending it to and type in whatever beginning message
you want (i.e., "Here it is!" or "Treat it nicely!").
- All e-mail programs are different in the kind and quality of
features they support, but most allow you to send whole documents by
clicking on a button or pulling down a menu that says "Add an
Attachment" or "Attach a file" or some variation of that.
- You will probably then be presented with a box or line that allows
you to put in, or browse for, the file-name of your document you want
to attach. For example, if your paper is stored on your hard-drive at
c:\msoffice\winword\paper1.doc, this is the file-name you would enter.
If it's on a floppy disk, it might be something like a:paper1.doc.
- You then press OK (or whatever your program uses to accept data).
- You should see in the body of your e-mail message not the document
but a message indicating that the document is attached.
- Send away.
If you have any trouble and your e-mail is maintained by your
Internet Service Provider (i.e., Ridgenet, Earthlink, AOL, hotmail,
etc.), contact them for assistance. If you have trouble and are not
supported, use the Help Center in the Discussion folder to contact the
class and we'll try to figure it out.