Academic Services and Online Education

Online programs at HCC

Hagerstown Community College offers online and hybrid courses for students with busy schedules. HCC currently offers more than 50 classes online in a variety of different subjects and new classes are being added each semester. There are 14 degrees and certificate programs that are offered 100 percent online.

Academic Services & Online Education

The Academic Services & Online Education Department (formerly known as Online Education & Instructional Support Services) oversees Learning Technology (LT), Distance Education (including Moodle management), the Fletcher Faculty Development Center, Internship and Job Services, the Library, and the Academic Testing Center. Learning Technology The Learning Technology unit provides support to faculty, staff, and students in the use of instructional technology equipment in the classroom, Moodle course management software, and other distance education technologies. The unit handles all equipment and installations on campus and at remote locations. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/learning-technology. Distance Education Many HCC classes are offered in multiple formats to include the traditional face to face meetings as well as the hybrid or fully online formats. It is imperative that all classes meet the same high standards and learning outcomes. As a member of the Maryland Online consortium, HCC has adopted a research-based rubric for online education from Quality Matters. This program is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and their online components. HCC will utilize the QM training and rubric to maintain and review online courses to provide continuous improvement. The Learning Technology Department can assist faculty with learning how to effectively utilize Moodle, the HCC Learning Management System. There is ongoing training for building and maintaining quality online education for faculty. If you need assistance with using Moodle, please contact distlearn@hagerstowncc.edu or call 240-500-2587 to set up an appointment. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/online. Fletcher Faculty Development Center As a learning-centered institution, HCC is committed to quality instruction in all courses. HCC is extremely pleased to be able to make available the services of the Adjunct Commons and the Fletcher Faculty Development Center to assist all HCC faculty members, who are so important to the success of HCC’s students. The Fletcher Center is located in the Behavioral Sciences and Humanities Building (formerly known as the Classroom Building). Professional development materials and resources are being available for use by faculty in the Fletcher Center. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/faculty-staff/fletcher-center. Internship & Job Services The Internship and Job Services Office facilitates student learning and development in the areas of experiential education, career development, and job search for students enrolled in the HCC Internship Program. The office supports the college’s mission to foster regional economic development by serving as a workforce development partner in the local community. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/student-services/internships. William M. Brish Library The William M. Brish Library is committed to utilizing the latest technology to provide services and resources, both on and off campus, to meet the academic and professional needs of all members of the college community. The library subscribes to a variety of electronic resources and offers a strong core collection of physical materials that fully support the college’s programs and curriculum. In support of student retention, librarians work to empower students to successfully locate and evaluate scholarly information by providing individual and group instruction, as well as point-of-need reference assistance. The library maintains a quiet and welcoming environment that fosters student success. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/library. Academic Testing Center The Academic Testing Center is dedicated to enhancing student learning by providing comprehensive, accessible testing services. The Academic Testing Center strives to fulfill the needs of students and the community by subscribing to the professional standards and guidelines established by the National College Testing Association. Providing a safe, secure, and efficient testing environment, the Academic Testing Center serves a number of disciplines in the educational and professional arenas. Learn more at www.hagerstowncc.edu/academic-testing-center.

Moodle Instructor Resources

Moodle Access Access Moodle 1 (for 13/SU and prior semesters). Access Moodle 2 (for 13/FA and following semesters). Instructors can find information on building and facilitating Moodle course sites in the links below. Additional resources can be found in the Moodle Joule Instructor Resources site after logging in to Moodle. Note: Firefox is the preferred browser for use with Moodle. Design -- Course Format Design -- Adding and updating resources Design -- Adding and updating activities Design -- Adding and updating blocks Course Facilitation

Online Education

Hagerstown Community College understands that due to busy schedules students find it difficult to attend classes on campus or may need to take a course that may not be offered at a convenient time. Examples of distance learning courses offered through HCC:  Online Courses Online courses allow students the flexibility of deciding the time and place of course delivery. When taking an online course there are many factors involved to ensure a successful experience. Students must have basic computer skills, access to a computer with an Internet connection, and an e-mail address. Each course will also have a list of system and software requirements. Students may need to come to campus for scheduled meetings and/or exams. Online courses demand that students be able to learn and work independently and be able to meet deadlines. Check WebAdvisor for current course offerings. Hybrid Courses A hybrid course is a blend of face-to-face instruction with online learning. In a hybrid course, a significant part of the course learning is online and as a result, the amount of classroom seat-time is reduced. Most Online and Hybrid courses may be accessed in Moodle. Online Programs HCC currently offers more than 50 classes online in a variety of different subjects and new classes are being added each semester. Currently, there are 14 degrees and certificate programs that are 100 percent online. 100 percent online All program requirements are available online. Additionally, two electives for Management and Management: Marketing are also available online. 100 PERCENT ONLINE Associate's Degrees (two-year programs) A.A. Arts & Sciences A.S. Business Administration A.S. Education A.A. General Studies Certificates Administrative Assistant Management Management: Marketing Letters of Recognition Administrative Assistant Computer Graphic Artist, Graphic Design Technology Customer Service Assistant Education Child Care Professional Graphic Production Specialist, Graphic Design Technology Management Management: Marketing Website Development, Web and Multimedia Technology 75 PERCENT ONLINE 75 percent of the following programs are available online. Additional program requirements will need to be taken in person on the HCC campus. Associate's Degrees (two-year programs) A.A.S. Computer Support Specialist Concentration, Information Systems Technology A.A.T. Early Childhood Education/ Early Childhood Special Education    A.A. English A.A. History A.A.S. Management A.A.S. Marketing, Management        A.A. Political Science A.A.T. Secondary English Education      A.A. Sociology, Arts and Sciences Certificates Advanced Network Security, Cybersecurity Desktop User Specialist, Information Systems Technology Letter of Recognition Computer-Aided Design

Moodle

Moodle Access Access your Moodle account. Note: Firefox is the preferred browser for use with Moodle. See other browser recommendations. What is Moodle? Moodle is a course management system/e-learning program used by HCC for the majority of online and hybrid classes and as a Web-enhancement for some face-to-face courses. First-Time Student Users To log-in to Moodle, use your active directory username and password. Your active directory username is the first part of your HCC email address before “@student.hagerstowncc.edu.” Your active directory password is initially set as your seven-digit HCC ID number. If you need assistance reclaiming or resetting your password, contact the HCC IT Department at hccit@hagerstowncc.edu. Not all instructors or courses will use Moodle. Instructors will inform students if they have a Moodle site for their course. You will only be able to access course sites that have been activated by the instructor, which typically happens by the first day of the semester. If you log-in before any of your course sites are made available, you will just see the course catalog listing of sites.