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First Step - Are You Ready for Online Classes?

  1. Student Orientation to Online Learning
    (PDF Printable Format)
  2. New Student Registration
    Apply to Casper College or register for courses. Make sure you provide a valid email address to follow-up on your application.
  3. Get your Casper College Login
    Your Casper College (CC) account will be activated after you register for classes. If you do not hear from us within 3 days after registering for courses, contact the CC HelpDesk at 307-268-3648 or at helpdesk@caspercollege.edu. Your CC account gives you access to WebAdvisor, Moodle4Me, MyCC, on-campus labs and Library services
  4. Activate MyCC Account
    Use your Casper College login (See Technical Requirements tab)
  5. Required Books Search for a class or look up your course schedule on WebAdvisor. Book information is provided. You can also go to the bookstore site and find required texts by semester
  6. Tuition, Fees, Payment Options, and Deadline Information
  7. MOODLE4ME Intro For Students
CC HelpDesk
***307-268-3648***

Questions? Concerns? Need Help?
Contact the CC HelpDesk via email, phone, in-person, or live chat with Help Desk Tech Answers .

PH: 307-268-3648
Location: Library Lower Level

Voicemail and email messages will be returned in a timely manner.

Hours of Operation
2014 Spring Semester
7:30 AM to 10:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Friday
11:00 AM to 4:00 pm Saturday
1:00 PM to 9:00 PM Sunday

Closed: 1/20 (King Equality Day), 2/17 (President Day Holiday), 3/10-3/14 (Spring Break), 5/26 (Memorial Day)

Summer Semester
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

Digital Learning Center
***307-268-3882***

David Siemens
Director of Digital Learning
LH 298 C

Michael Deal
Digital Learning Coordinator
LH 298 F

Teresa Millan
Distance Education Specialist
LH 298 G
307-268-3882
800-442-2963, ext. 3882
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

Admissions/Registration/Services
Student Services Center
Goodstein Library
Circulation Desk
307-268-2269
Reference Desk
307-268-2275
800-442-2963, ext 2269 or 2275
Ask a Librarian
Academic Testing Center

Margo H. Perry
Academic Testing Center Coordinator
BU 123
307-268-3850 or
800-442-2963, ext. 3850

Certified Testing Centers in the US

Academic Testing Center Website
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Digital Learning Advisory Committee
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Student Support

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Click Smarthinking logo to access your Smarthinking account

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Faculty Hours and Contact Information

 

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Course Information

Online Programs Page

Many courses in other degree programs are also offered via distance education. Course offerings via distance education will vary by semester. For semester schedules and a full list of course descriptions, please check the Schedule of Classes page. When registering for courses, please check course prerequisites.

Notice to Distance Students: Casper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Currently, institutions offering online programming are required to provide distance students a contact in the event a student wishes to make a complaint about the distance program or course. Should you wish to make a complaint, a list of current contacts can be found here: State Contact Information

All Casper College Programs - Degrees and Certificates

UW/CC Outreach Programs - Transfer certificate, undergraduate, and graduate opportunities

Course Schedules

  • Casper College Course Schedules
  • WyCLASS
    • Statewide Distance Education course offerings for informational purposes only. When submitting a course request, please follow-up with the corresponding college to check on course availability and registration processes.

REGISTER TODAY!

  • CURRENT STUDENTS - Go to WebAdvisor and register online for Casper College courses. You will need your WA username and pin. If you do not have one, please contact the Admissions office at 307-268-2207
  • NEW STUDENTS - To apply for Admission or register for courses as non-degree seeking student, click here

Tuition & Fee Information

The tuition and fee information page (http://www.caspercollege.edu/business_office/tuition_fees_refunds_withdrawal_info.html) has the official information regarding current tuition, fees (WICHE and WUE included), withdrawal and refunds. Students are classified as Wyoming Residents, WUE residents, or Out-of-state residents at the time of application for admission or time of registration. Business Office home page.

Students may request re-classification according to the Residency Petition Policy (http://www.caspercollege.edu/PDF/catalogue/admission_policies.pdf) by the end of the refund period each semester. Course fees are in addition to tuition and per-credit fees and are indicated with the course listing.

Payment Options and other information CAUTION: Dropping courses or withdrawing from college may affect current and future financial aid rewards. It can also affect your eligibility to retain insurance coverage. Check your student status requirements to maintain your insurance policy. Students are responsible for charges incurred to the date of formal withdrawal.

Financial Aid Office

**IMPORTANT** Financial Assistance is only available for degree-seeking students at Casper College.Top

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Interactive Tool to compare financial-aid awards from different colleges



Casper College Bookstore

Find textbooks by course - Fall textbook information available July 1

For Rent Books
A less expensive alternative to school textbooks, now available from the Casper College Bookstore
Click image for details


English and Math Placement - COMPASS Testing

These tests are given on a computer in a lab setting. The test fee is $10.00. For more information about times and locations at Casper College as well as procedures, please call 268-2110.

Compass practice test questions can be accessed at the COMPASS website: http://www.act.org/compass/tests/index.html

  • If you score within 5 points of the qualifying score, you may retake the test later that day or the next day without re-paying the fee.
  • If you score more than 5 points under the qualifying score, you MUST wait 2 weeks to retake the test and re-pay the $10.00 fee.

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Arrow English Course Placement Table
Arrow Math Course Placement Table
Arrow Math Course Sequence Chart


Delivery Methods

  • Internet / Online - Coursework is delivered online. These courses are identified as N1, N2, etc., sections and NET under the delivery mode. All courses follow a schedule and are not self-paced.
  • Hybrid / Blended - These courses,identified as H1, H2, or sometimes 01, 02, etc., may consist of an internet component that replaces part of an on-campus lecture course or they may contain an on-campus/online lab component.
  • Web-enhanced- These courses, identified as 01, 04, 60, etc., are face-to-face on-campus classes that use an online component. Students are required to access the online environment to retrieve resources and /or submit graded activities.

Independent Study Abroad Program

The Study Abroad Program at Casper College offers the opportunity to obtain college credit while traveling in Europe! Read the Footprints Fall 2008 news announcement by clicking on this link (PDF). For course offering information, please contact instructors directly. For more information about the program, including registration, go to the International Education page (http://www.caspercollege.edu/international_education/index.html)

 

Technical Requirements

Casper College uses the Moodle Open Source course management software for distance education. Casper College recommends that you use Mozilla Firefox for Moodle. Spyware and pop-up blockers may cause one browser to operate incorrectly, whereas a different browser may function properly. You may also need to download the newest version of Java. The recommended browser is Mozilla Firefox. Go to http://www.caspercollege.edu/distance_ed/tuneup.html for instructions to tune-up your computer and internet browser.

Technical Knowledge Prerequisites
Before participating in any course online, you should be comfortable performing the following tasks with your computer,

  • Accessing the Internet and using a web browser.
  • Creating and editing documents in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word.
  • Copying and pasting text from one document to another.
  • Receiving and sending emails with attachments.
  • Downloading and opening attached files.
  • Allowing pop-ups from Moodle.
  • Maintaining current Antivirus and Spyware protection.

System Technical Requirements & Recommendations
Below are general hardware and software requirements. Some courses may require hardware or software not mentioned below.

Recommended What is it?

Operating System

Windows XP/7/8
Mac OSX (or later)

Linux

  • An operating system allows software programs to run on a computer and also oversees the operation of the computer's hardware

Hardware

Windows: Pentium IV, or higher
Macintosh: G4 or higher

2 GB RAM memory or higher


1024x768 DPI screen resolution or higher

Sound capable

  • Hardware is the physical parts of a computer. A Pentium or G3 processor allows the computer to function

  • Running processes are stored in the RAM - random access memory

  • Resolution is measured in pixels per inch. The higher the pixels, the finer the display detail

  • A sound card allows sound output from the computer through internal or external speakers.

Internet Connection

Internet Cable or DSL (broadband) connection to the Internet minimum. Dial-up is not acceptable.

  • A Cable internet connection uses a cable modem to access the internet over cable TV lines.
  • A DSL internet connection uses your existing phone line but does not tie up your phone. This connection to your Internet Service Provider is always on, you do not need to dial-in.

Web Browsers

Mozilla Firefox Download

Google Chrome Download

 


Safari & Opera will not show built-in html editor in Moodle.


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  • A web browser allows you to view web sites, images, and video on the internet or on private networks or file systems.  Mozilla Firefox is a free web browser created by Mozilla. Google Chrome is a free web browser created by Google both Firefox & Chrome are recommended because both are compatible browser with Moodle both in Windows or Mac systems

  • Safari is a web browser created by Apple Inc., for Macintosh computers. Safari 3 and 4 support Windows XP and Vista as well.
    Opera is a web browser created by Opera Software. It is free for personal computers.
Google Docs, Calendar and Google Sites Web-based documents as another option for Microsoft Office, unless Office is required by your instructor.
  • Free apps provided with your MyCC email account (http://my.caspercollege.edu/).   This account and its contents are yours, even after you graduate from Casper College. Activate using your CC username and password.
  • Google Drive and Docs allows you to upload, create, share documents online. This documents can be exported/saved as MS Word, MS Excel, or MS PowerPoint if your instructor requires it.
  • Google Calendar allows you to create, edit and share online calendars
  • Google Sites provide options for creating your own websites or e-portfolio

Browser plug-ins

Adobe Flash plug-in

QuickTime Plug-in



Acrobat Reader


Java Microsystems Download

  • Adobe Flash Player is used to open flash-formatted files (video files in Moodle). Click here to see if Flash is working

  • QuickTime 7 Player supports a wide-range of industry-standard audio formats, including AIFF, WAV, MOV, MP4 (AAC only), CAF and AAC/ADTS.

  • Adobe Reader is used to open PDF files.

  • Java is recommended in general for opening files and images. Click here to see if Java is working

Other Software

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Office Converters and Viewers

PowerPoint viewer 2007

Microsoft Downloads Page

Save as PDF Add-in for Office 2007

  • Microsoft (MS) Office viewers are used to open (not edit) documents created with the Microsoft Office programs. Download for free from the Microsoft website. Converters help open and save files for other versions of MS Office.
  • The PDF Add-in is a free feature for MS Office 2007. Download and install to save Office documents in PDF or XPS formats.
Apache OpenOffice

Writer
Calc
Draw
Impress
Math
Base

  • Apache OpenOffice is a free, open source office suite that contains programs similar to Microsoft (MS) office. Furthermore, you can open and save MS documents .doc/docx. (Word),.xls/.xlsx (Excel), .ppt/.pptx (PowerPoint).
    Check with your instructor if Microsoft office is required for your classes. If that is the case, you can purchase it from the CC Bookstore
  • Download from http://download.openoffice.org/. There are versions available for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems
 

For additional information check with the course instructor or the Additional Technical Requirements listed for each course.  

 

Moodle4Me Frequently Asked Questions

What is Moodle4Me?

Casper College uses the Moodle Open Source course management software for online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses. Casper College recommends that you use Mozilla Firefox for Moodle.

What is the best browser to use?

Spyware and pop-up blockers may cause one browser to operate incorrectly, whereas a different browser may function properly. You may also need to download the newest version of Java. The recommended browser is Mozilla Firefox.

Will all my classes be in Moodle4Me?

Distance courses such as fully online (N sections) and hybrid (H sections) will always have a course listed, however, many (no all) face-to-face course will have additional content in Moodle4Me. Contact your instructor directly to find out if your face-to-face class has an online component in Moodle4Me.

Will I still need textbooks for reference and study for online classes?

An online class has the same rigor and expectations as a face-to-face class. In most cases, there will be required textbooks and other materials. You can find textbook information in WebAdvisor (https://wa.caspercollege.edu/WebAdvisor/WebAdvisor), the Casper College bookstore website (http://www.bkstr.com/CategoryDisplay/10001-9604-10586-1?demoKey=d), or by contacting the instructor directly.

Will I have to go online for each class everyday, or are the courses self-paced?

To be successful in your class, you should log in and access your courses at least once per day, sometimes more. Courses are NOT self-paced and deadlines apply to all activities in order to complete course requirements. Remember to schedule time to study and get assigned work done, the online time will be at least the same or more than time spent in a classroom for a face-to-face class.

Will courses be narrative or interactive?

Some courses will have multimedia elements such as lecture recordings or other audio-visual materials, some will not. It is up to instructor.

If I have questions regarding the content, how will I get assistance?

Your instructor is always your main source of contact for any course questions.

Do I have to print using my home computer?

You may or may not need to print out materials, depending on course requirements. Most activities are done electronically. If you need to print, you can also go to college lab (if you live close to campus) or a local library.

How do I contact tutors if I need help with my class?

After you log into Moodle4Me, you will find a block called "Smarthinking". Click on the "Connect to Smarthinking Online Tutoring Service" link to access your tutoring page. You will have the options to connect with a live eStructor, submit a question, schedule a future appointment, or submit papers for review. The turnaround time for submitted requests is 24 hours. Cancellation of scheduled sessions must be done 48 hours in advance.

Who do I contact if I need additional help navigating my Moodle course?

You can contact the CC HelpDesk 307-268-2486 or by email helpdesk@caspercollege.edu.
For more technical assistance with Moodle4Me you can also contact the Digital Learning Center, dlc@caspercollege.edu or 307-268-3882.


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DLC News

Faculty Tool Bag

Moodle 2 Workshop Handouts

What's New in Moodle 2

Fall 2014 Training in the Digital Learning Center (LH298)

  • Mondays 1:30 - 3:30.
    Personalizing your classes: formatting topics and layouts,
    modifying blocks, controlling availability of activities.
    Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:30.
    Working with students: harnessing the power of the gradebook,
    creating and managing groups, creating optimal quizzes.
    Wednesdays 8:30 - 9:30.
    Activity and Resource Jamboree: explanations and examples
    for any activity or resource in Moodle.
    Thursdays 8:30 - 9:30, 1:30-3:30.
    Open house: Any topic covered with drop-in.

Any topic above can be covered with a scheduled appointment. Sessions available at the Digitial Learning Center, LH 298. Contact Mike Deal, Teresa Millan, or Dave Siemens for more information

 

Upcoming Conferences

    • 2014 WyDEC - LCCC
    • EDUCAUSE -
    • WCET 2014 -

  • Form

  • Moodle4Me Course Request
    To request a meta (multi-section) course, a course for future development, or a course for the current semester, use this form.
  • Multimedia Request
    To request videos uploaded to the CC You Tube Educational Channel, including transferring Kaltura videos, WebEx recordings, your own captures, or narrated PowerPoint files.
  • Training Session Request
    To request training sessions at the Center for Excellence or at another location. You can request a group or individual session.

    Moodle4Me

  • Moodle 2 Resources

  • Make your courses available to students instructions

  • Moodle 2 will work with any browser, although there are still some issues with Internet Explorer
  • Instructor Moodle Demo Course (link is also available in Moodle4Me > Instructor Help menu)
    • Instructor Course Packet
      • Quality Course Guidelines Checklist - For online, hybrid or web-enhanced courses
      • Sample Welcome Letter
      • Sample Forum Rubric
      • Honor Code Contract
      • Plagiarism Tutorial from Purdue University (used with permission)
      • Student Success Materials
      • Films On Demand Instructions
      • Copyright Permission Template
      • And many more :)

Library Information in Moodle4Me

Goodstein Library @ Moodle4Me (Login as guest)

Films on Demand Library Database

Digital Learning News Archive

News Archives


Quality Matters

Quality Matters™ (QM™) is a self-supported organization that specializes in training and course reviews to produce effective distance learning courses.  Their core concepts are based on a nationally recognized course rubric that aims to produce “better than good enough” courses.   In a peer course review, course design and alignment are assessed to make sure all areas of the course “work together”.   Courses that are reviewed and receive the QM™ seal of approval meet 8 core competencies and get at least a B+ or 85% grade based on the QM™ Rubric.

Casper College along with the other higher education institutions in Wyoming are proud subscribers of QM™.  Quality Does Matter!

Link to Quality matters Website

2011-13 Revised QM Rubric


Course Definitions

Online: All coursework is delivered in an online environment. In certain instances, students may be required to attend some campus sessions.

Hybrid or blended: Combination of online and in-class instruction with reduced in-class seat time for students in a face-to-face environment.

Web-enhanced: students meet face-to-face during scheduled hours and have resources and/or activities available in an online environment to augment traditional instruction.


Faculty Resources for Digital Learning

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL)

Upcoming Conferences

Instructional Technology Council (ITC)

Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration

League for Innovation

Sloan Consortium

Academic Impressions

 
CC HelpDesk

Questions? Concerns? Need Help?
Contact the CC HelpDesk via email, phone, in-person, or live chat

PH: 268-3648 Location: LH Lower Level

Voicemail and email messages will be returned in a timely manner.

Help Center Hours
Spring Semester

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday
Noon to 5:00 p.m., Saturday
1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday

Digital Learning Staff

David Siemens
Director of Digital Learning
LH 298 C

Michael Deal
Digital Learning Coordinator
LH 298 F

Teresa Millan
Educational Resources Assistant
LH 298 G
307-268-3882
800-442-2963, ext. 3882
Mon-Fri 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

Admissions/Registration/Services
Student Services Center

Goodstein Library
Circulation Desk
307-268-2269
Reference Desk
307-268-2275
800-442-2963, ext 2269 or 2275
Ask a Librarian
Academic Testing Center
Margo H. Perry
Academic Testing Center Coordinator
BU 123
307-268-3850 or
800-442-2963, ext. 3850
Academic Testing Center Website
Ask a Librarian
Campus Map
Digital Learning Advisory Committee

Digital Learning at Casper College

Digital Learning Committee Minutes

Our Online Education Programs continue growing rapidly and are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Online education provides students with the opportunity to take some of the same classes offered on-campus but in a different format as well as provide the use of the online learning environment for resources and activities in face-to-face classes. Online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses have textbooks, assignments, exams, student-centered interaction, and, other features that encourage success. Classes may have face-to-face contact, and students may have to go to campus for some activities. Communication with the instructor and classmates is usually via email or online discussion forums. Some courses use real-time two-way audio/video and application sharing software.

No matter what your major program is, it is likely that you could take at least a portion of your required courses by distance delivery. Our mission is to provide high-quality courses and programs to a diverse population of students using alternative methods of delivery. Distance education at Casper College offers opportunities for students to reach their lifelong academic goals while balancing other personal and professional commitments.

Digital Learning Goals

  • Maintain a proactive student learning environment by utilizing current technologies and effective support services
  • Provide faculty training and support for the course management system (CMS), quality course development, and distance education pedagogy
  • Collaborate with the Assessment office to develop effective methods of assessment to improve teaching and learning
  • Coordinate with faculty,  the Academic Testing Center (ATC), Library, Students Services, and other college entities to identify and meet the needs of our students

Digital Learning Facts

  • Digital Learning is a major contributor to Casper College's total annual head count, FTE, and revenue. Annualized FTE data shows that for 2013, distance education encompassed 22.4% of total FTE.
  • The distance education program is approved and accredited to offer degrees by distance education by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Casper College began its distance education program in 1994, with the delivery of 1 telecourse to 2 students.
  • In 2013, there were nearly 2, 800 students enrolled in various distance learning programs.
  • The first full-time Director of Distance Education was hired in the Fall of 2000.
  • The majority of distance education students, nearly 80%, come from within Natrona County.
  • Casper College has been highly involved in the formation of the Wyoming Distance Education Consortium and has worked closely with the Wyoming Community College Commission.
  • The Distance Education program primarily offers four different delivery styles: online internet courses, telecourses, compressed video courses, and hybrid courses.

Casper College Facts

  • In 1945, as Wyoming’s first junior college, Casper College was located on the third floor of Natrona County High School.
  • Currently, we have 28 buildings spanning over 200 acres. In November, 2008, a $35 million bond was passed to partially fund the new Gateway Building/Center for Training and Development, Student Center and UW/CC Center, Music Building, and numerous renovations to provide additional space for new and expanding majors. New residence halls to be funded by revenue bonds.
  • The first fall enrollment in 1945 was 73. Now, approximately 3,200 traditional and non-traditional students from all over Wyoming, 20-plus states and 15 foreign countries, attend Casper College.
  • Through its 108 two-year Associate degree programs and 37 one-year Certificate programs, Casper College has developed a national reputation for its academic standard and career programs. Our largest programs are general studies, elementary education, business administration, nursing, and fire science technology.
  • The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and many other program-specific accrediting authorities.
  • Casper College has more than 350 full-time employees and nearly 150 part-time employees that work together to carry out the College's mission.
  • The men and women who work at Casper College are experienced professionals in their field. In fact, approximately 80% of faculty have their masters or doctorate degrees.

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