Academic Services and Online Education

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.

Online Education

Welcome to Hagerstown Community College (HCC) Online Courses Hagerstown Community College (HCC) understands that due to busy schedules, and competing responsibilities, students may find it inconvenient to attend all of their classes on campus. As a result, we currently offer more than 240 online and hybrid courses in a variety of different subjects. With new courses being added each semester. Our online classes are convenient, and they allow you the flexibility to earn your degree at your own pace,  while in a location of your choosing. Registration Registration is the first step to taking any online class here at HCC, then all you will need is access to a computer with a viable internet connection. Hybrid & Online Courses HCC also offers hybrid courses, which blend face-to-face instruction with online learning. Both our online and hybrid courses may be accessed here in our learning management system: Moodle. The following programs can currently be taken in a 100% online format here at HCC: Associate’s Degrees (two year programs) A.A. Arts and Sciences, Concentration in Psychology A.A. Arts and Sciences, Concentration in Sociology A.A. Arts and Sciences A.A. General Studies A.S. Arts and Sciences A.S. Business Administration A.S. Education A.A.S. Management Certificates L.D.C. Administrative Assistant L.D.C. Management L.D.C. Marketing L.D.C. Commercial Transportation Management

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 login 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 will need to be changed prior to logging in to Moodle. Visit the Password Change, Reset & Enrollment page for more information. If you need further assistance resetting your password, you may 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. Accounts are only created for users who have at least one course using Moodle. 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.