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Welcome to Online Learning at TSTC Harlingen

What is Online Learning?

Online Learning is course delivery in which the instructor and learner are in separate locations. Instruction does not take place in a physical classroom but instead occurs through the college’s learning management system (Moodle). Online courses still meet the same learning objectives as their counterpart face-to-face courses and are just as rigorous. Your online course may include videos, animations, proctored testing, synchronous or asynchronous online meetings, or a face-to-face meeting so it is important for you to check your online course syllabus for course requirements and details.

All TSTC Harlingen Online Courses must utilize processes that verify the identity of a student enrolled in our online courses. These processes include the use of a secure login and password to access online courses hosted on our Moodle Learning Management System and the use of proctored exams in some online courses.

There are no additional charges associated with TSTC Harlingen online learning courses unless a student chooses to take proctored exams at a location that charges for services.

Why Online Learning?

Online courses can provide you a flexible, convenient way to earn college credit. Courses still have deadlines but you can complete the work when it is convenient for you. Some of the most common reasons for choosing online courses include:

  • Course scheduling conflicts
  • Full-time work schedules
  • Lack of transportation
  • Saving gas money
  • Need to schedule coursework around family commitments

If one of these reasons or any others are keeping you from completing your coursework and you are a motivated and organized individual, online courses may be a good option for you.

How to Enroll in TSTC Online Courses:

Step 1: All standard TSTC enrollment procedures apply. Prospective TSTC students must first apply to the college and satisfy college admissions requirements. For information click on the following link: http://www.tstc.edu/harlingeninfo/newstudentenrollmentchecklist

Step 2: Once you are enrolled in the college and are ready to register for courses, discuss the option of online courses with your advisor. A full listing of TSTC online courses can be found by clicking on the following link: Harlingen TSTC Online Learning Courses

Step 3: Before you can enroll in an online course you MUST complete the Student Online Learning Orientation (SOLO 0100). To enroll in the orientation, visit WebAdvisor and register yourself in the course SOLO 0100. For more information on the orientation click on the following link: http://www.tstc.edu/harlingenod/tstcharlingensolo0100

Step 4: Once you have successfully completed the orientation, you can register for your online course.

Step 5: Once you receive your WebAdvisor username and password and enroll in an online course, you are responsible for protecting the use of your username and password. In addition, you should be the only individual using your login credentials to access the Moodle site and the courses for which you are registered. As stated in the Student Handbook under the Scholastic Integrity Heading, any unauthorized collaboration with another person while preparing any work offered for a grade or credit is referred to as collusion and is a violation of the student code of conduct subject to disciplinary action. For more information click on the following link: http://www.tstc.edu/docs/6388.pdf

Additional Assistance:

The Online Learning Office staff is available to help students understand online course enrollment requirements, assist with the Student Online Learning Orientation, and to address Student Services questions specific to the online learner.

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