The Virtual Campus began offering courses in 1998. Today, more than 2,500 students benefit from 200 online courses. In addition, the Virtual Campus offers 14 degree programs and 3 certificates that may be completed online.
The Center for Lifelong Learning provides numerous online non-credit courses for your convenience. We partner with four education services to offer professional development and personal enrichment classes.
Moodle is the learning management system where courses are completed online. To access Moodle, log into MyCochise and click the Moodle link located under “Resources” on the lefthand side of the page. If you receive an “invalid log-in” error, complete and submit the “invalid log-in” form.
Your courses will be available to you 24 hours prior to the start of the term.
For help with all Moodle-related issues, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online courses include requirements for reading, writing papers, class discussions, solving problems, and all other activities you would expect in any other college class. These are not independent study or “self-paced” courses. Online classes start and end on specified dates and they include homework and activities that are due throughout the course.
Most of your work will be completed in Moodle. Course content is structured and you will have requirements to complete every week. Online classes are not easier than on-campus classes; in fact, many instructors teach the same class both online and face-to-face, and they require students to complete the same work. Often, students report that online classes are more difficult because they require a motivated and well-organized effort to keep up with the work. The most common advice from online students is “Don’t fall behind” since it is so hard to catch up.
To be successful in online courses, students need to have several basic computer skills. Taking a computer literacy course (such as CIS 116 or CIS 120) is a great start, but may not be enough. Skills necessary for success in an online class include conducting online research, use of email (send, receive and attachments), and creating a report with a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word).
With a Cochise College email account, you may complete SmarterMeasure, an Online Readiness Assessment, before registering for an online class. The assessment includes topics like learning styles, reading comprehension, typing speed, and computer knowledge. When finished, you will receive a report detailing your strengths and weaknesses, along with tips on how to improve your success in class. The readiness assessment tool is located in the Student Resource Center section of Moodle.
Remember, help is only a phone call or click away.