Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Internet (Online) Course?
An Internet course frees you from having to come to campus two or three days per week for several weeks. Instead, you access the course via a web site on the Internet. You work through assignments that are posted at the web site to accomplish the requirements for the course. However you will have to take some exams at a campus location or arrange for a proctor through the office of Distance Learning.
Do distance learning courses cost more?
Yes, Distance Learning courses are charged an additional $20 per semester hour.
What is involved in taking an online course?
After you have registered, you will be given a Website address that allows you access to the course. Of course, you must have access to a computer. If you have one at home, you will need to gain access to the Internet through an Internet Service Provider. You are required to activate and use your Hinds email for distance learning courses.
You also need to meet the prerequisites of the course you choose (see online course description for more information about prerequisites)
Where do I go to login to my online course?
Through the Hinds Website (at the top of all pages) or at https://hindscc.instructure.com/login
What kind of computer (system requirements) do I need?
- An IBM-compatible PC with a Pentium Processor and Windows 2000, 2003 or 2007, XP or NT, OR a Macintosh with Mac 7.5 or above with sound capability
- 256 MB of RAM
- 100 MB of free HD space
- A method for saving data externally (jump drive, disk drive, etc)
- A 56 kbps modem
- An Internet connection through an Internet service provider (ISP)
- A current version of Internet Explorer (version 6.1 recommended)
Do I need a textbook? How do I get my textbook? What does it cost?
Yes, you will need a textbook in most all cases. Please view the information concerning ordering your textbooks on the “How Do I Get Started?” page. This will show you how to access your Student Profile for the textbook information as well as how to order your books online. You can also contact the Hinds Community College distance learning bookstore at 601.857.3462. Check our Distance Learning Student Guide on the Distance Learning Orientation page for further details about textbooks.
What about financial aid?
You can receive financial aid for distance learning courses. Always check with the Financial Aid Department for details.
Do I have an orientation for distance learning?
Online courses do not require that you come to a face-to-face orientation session. Your orientation will be conducted online on the Distance Learning Orientation page. Short surveys will be asked in each course during the first week based on this information.
Do I have to be online at a certain time?
Generally speaking the answer is no. Some instructors may require a limited amount of synchronous chat (everyone online at the same time), but as you might expect this is quite difficult considering everyone's busy schedules.
Can I register online?
Yes. Beginning summer 2012, online students who have seen an advisor at least once can web register through MyHinds. Please see the Registration page for more details.
How many distance learning courses can I take at once?
We do not have a policy concerning how many distance learning courses you can take. However, you should be careful and not overload yourself. Many students realize that distance learning courses require more time than they expected when they first registered. Since you are not attending class at specific times each week, you are supplementing that time by spending more time working at home on your assignments. In most cases, expect to spend three time the number of credit hours on your course work. For Example: English 1113 is a 3 credit hour course. Expect to spend 9 hours per week working on this course.
I am concerned whether I will do well in a distance learning class
Online courses demand that you are an independent learner who can manage time effectively (this is a "word to the wise"). If you are disciplined and can motivate yourself to do the work that is required of you, then you have a greater chance of being successful. Check out the SmarterMeasure assessment to determine your potential success in distance learning courses.
What is your withdrawal policy?
Students can withdraw from an online course anytime after drop/add period until the last day set forth on the MSVCC Calendar (notice this differs from traditional courses’ date). Beginning summer 2012 students can withdraw from single courses online through MyHinds. If you procrastinate and don't keep up with the materials your instructor may suggest that you need to withdraw from the course or they may drop you with a penalty. Students who accumulate three absences in spring or fall or two absences in summer will be dropped by the instructor.
Can I take classes from another community college in the state?
Students can request classes from any college in the MSVCC consortium, however there are some requirements that must be met. First, the course must be listed in the Hinds CC current catalog with the same number of credit hours. Second, the instructor must be approved by Hinds faculty credential standards. Third, the course must be approved by a faculty member at Hinds to ensure that it meets the same standards as the class taught at Hinds. This process can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks depending on different issues.
No outside course requests can be taken the last two weeks of registration in order to properly prepare outside course needs for our students. Hinds sections of any given course are filled before we allow courses from the other colleges to be “pulled in” for registration.