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Self-Paced Courses

Office Technology Self-paced Courses are Unlike Normal Classroom Courses

  • There is no regularly scheduled classroom time. This means you can work around the demands of your own life to create your own schedule to come to the computer lab (MTC 200) to do your work.
  • There are no regularly scheduled meeting times with an instructor.
  • You must be self-disciplined and keep yourself on a regular schedule in order to complete assignments when due.

Each class has a detailed syllabus that explains how the course is structured and grades are calculated, provides specific instructions regarding the computer work involved, and gives suggestions on how to approach your work.

Keep in mind that while your instructor is your primary contact, there are also instructors on duty at all times who can answer most questions. If something doesn't seem to be working properly, an instruction is not clear, or you are having trouble meeting the timetable in the syllabus, ask for help.

To get started on OFT 103 or OFT 104, attend one of the orientations scheduled at the beginning of the semester. You will receive a letter in the mail regarding dates and times for the orientations. Or you may call the computer lab at 410-572-8780 for information regarding orientation dates and times.

To get started on all other self-paced courses, come to the open computer lab (MTC 200) at the start of the semester and inform lab personnel that you would like to get started on your course.

Students enrolled in some self-paced courses can receive a grade of "R" if they complete at least half, but are unable to complete all, of the course requirements by the end of the semester. An "R" grade requires the student to re-register for the same course during the following semester. If the student re-registers and does not complete the course requirements by the end of that semester, he or she receives an "F" and both grades are recorded on the student's transcript. If the student does not re-register for the course, the "R" grade automatically becomes an "F." A student who receives an "R" and re-registers for a course must pay the tuition for that course.

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