By Lauren Trumbull
This article was originally published in Issue 5, Fiftieth Year of The Minstrel (November 5, 2015). Click here to view the entire issue.
This winter break, prepare to snuggle up beside a warm fire with a cup of hot chocolate, a brand new laptop from Santa and a textbook package from Amazon. With a freshly sharpened pencil in hand, Blackboard opened on the screen and a textbook opened to chapter one, students can earn credits with Wintermester courses offered by the ACCESS program.
For the first time in 18 years, the university is providing online classes during the semester break. Courses are provided through the ACCESS program from Dec. 27 to Jan. 16. These three-week classes cost $1377, or $459 per credit. The cost of a Wintermester class is not part of the full-time day student semester tuition. However, students can put their spring financial aid package towards the Wintermester session. Professors teaching the Wintermester courses have prior experience teaching these courses online.
Winter courses will be different from summer Minimesters 1 and 2. Joann Haws, assistant dean of lifelong learning and instructor for SO 109, recommends checking Blackboard daily for announcements rather than weekly. Haws says it is essential for students to avoid getting behind from day one.
“We are opening course sites two weeks before the start of the session so that the students can go in there and see the work load and expectations,” Haws said.
In order to allow students the advantage of getting ahead, professors are posting the syllabus and an announcement two weeks before the session begins.
If students have any questions contact Joann Haws at firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 1205 or stop by the ACCESS Office in Dooling 160.