Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is distance learning different?
- For a thorough overview of what distance learning is about,
please visit our Getting Started section and go through the distance
learning orientation. Most of your questions will be answered there.
Review Tips for Success in Online
Classes from the Online Survival Guide.
Q: Can anyone sign up for a distance learning course at
- The distance learning courses offered through Taft College
DLI are open to anyone. Individual courses may have unique
requirements, prerequisites, or testing requirements. Review the
course orientations closely before you enroll. Be sure to
complete the distance learning orientation to ensure that you
have chosen the right mode of deliver.
Q: Are there required meetings for your distance learning
- There are no required on-site meetings for Taft Colleges
distance learning courses. If you are taking an online course,
your instructors will expect you to log on to the course a few
times a week. You may also be expected to participate in
discussions, turn in assignments and take exams by stated
Q: What kind of internet connection is needed?
- You must have regular, reliable internet access (a 56K modem
is strongly recommended) if you are to succeed in your course.
Make sure you have a back-up plan (use of a campus, library,
work, or a friends system) in case you experience problems with
your own computer or your Internet Service Provider.
Important note: if you use AOL to access the internet,
you MUST open your web connection with AOL and then minimize the
AOL browser and open Internet Explorer.
Q: Are the distance learning course self-paced?
- No, the distance learning courses at Taft College are not
self-paced. Each will have set schedules, weekly deadlines, and
beginning and ending dates. They are instructor-led. You will
not be left on your own. If you have special needs and must
follow a slower (or faster) pace, please discuss your situation
with the course instructor or our Student Support Services
Q: Are distance learning courses transferable?
- The courses you will take through DLI are the same courses
you would take on our campus. They have all been through the
necessary approval process to be taught through distance
learning. They are transferable to other community college
systems, and those courses that number 149 are university level
and will transfer to the four-year system.
Q: Can I complete a course earlier or later than the
- No, our distance learning courses are not self-paced. The
course offerings are available on the same semester system as
on-site courses. Due dates for coursework and assignments are
set by each instructor. Some instructors may allow students to
complete and submit work earlier. Please contact your instructor
for more information on schedule variations.
Q: What if I need to have adaptive software or equipment to
access the internet?
- Students with disabilities often require adaptive software
and hardware to access the internet or to use with word
processing programs. If you have special needs, you are welcomed
to use the computers in the Student Support Services area, as
needed to complete assignments for your courses. Getting access
to adaptive tools OUTSIDE the Taft College Campus is the
responsibility of each student. Your local agency may be able to
assist you in identifying and/or acquiring such tools. For
accommodations due to a disability, please contact Student
Support Services and inform your instructor within the first
week so any special arrangements can be made.
Q: What if I start a class and decide it is just not
appropriate for me?
- If you find a class is not appropriate for you, you should
drop that course as soon as possible. Refer to the posted
Add/Drop deadline sheet to see if the deadline for dropping has
passed. Your instructor will not drop you. You need to contact
the college Counseling Center, the Distance Learning Help Desk,
or you counselor or advisor to make sure the appropriate
paperwork is filed.
Q: Do I need to apply to the college before I can register
for a distance learning course?
- Yes, all students wanting to take classes through DLI must
fill out an online application each semester. Follow the Steps
to Registration to complete the application and registration
process. Matriculated students receive priority registration
each semester. This becomes extremely important when trying to
register for general education courses, which fill quickly.
Q: Do I need to buy a textbook for my online class?
- Most of our classes require textbooks, which for the most
part are available on a rental system. Some require workbooks,
which must be purchased. Please refer to the course orientation
page for information on materials and textbooks for your course.
Books may be picked up on campus or ordered through the online
bookstore. The bookstore staff will process your order and have
the books delivered through UPS.
Q: How do I know if I am the right type for this mode of
- People learn in many different ways. Some students enjoy
listening to lectures and taking notes while others enjoy
working in small groups. Visual learners tend to do best in
distance learning classes. Others learn to adapt. Be sure to
review the information provided under Getting Started.
Find out about your learning preference by taking the following
questionnaire: Learning Styles Inventory. (Developed by Barbara
A. Soloman, North Carolina State University.)
Q: How much will it cost to take distance learning courses?
- There is no difference between the tuition and fees for
distance learning and traditional classes. These are mandated by
the State. For information on tuition and fees, please see the
Financial Obligation page set up by Admissions.