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Remote and Online Class Information

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CED Remote

  • Classes previously held in person will now be held over an audio-visual conferencing tool called Zoom.
  • Live instruction and as much instructor-student interaction as possible.
  • Register online here or over the phone at 971-722-8888 (option 2).
  • Order books online here.
  • Senior tuition discount applies to the tuition of remote classes.
  • Employee tuition waiver applies to the tuition of remote classes.
  • Drop deadlines for remote classes (based on class length) can be found here.
  • Students must access their PCC email account in order to attend class.
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Online ED2GO

  • Online classes taught in collaboration with Ed2Go, a third-party online instructional resource.
  • No live instruction. Most classes are designed for structured group learning through modules and moderated discussions.
  • Students must register and pay through PCC’s Ed2Go website.
  • Payment is required in order to complete registration.
  • Senior tuition discount does not apply to the tuition of Ed2Go classes.
  • Employee tuition waiver does not apply to the tuition of Ed2Go classes.
  • Drop deadline for Ed2Go classes is six days after the start of class.

FAQ

Getting Started with Zoom

Q: What is Zoom?
A: Zoom is an online audio and video conferencing tool that allows people to call each other and host virtual meetings or classes. Examples of similar tools are Skype, FaceTime, and Google Hangouts. New users can learn more about Zoom online here.

Q: Do I need my own Zoom account to take a remote class?
A: No, you do not need your own Zoom account in order to join a Zoom classroom. You only need the Zoom meeting room link provided by the host, which in this case will be your instructor.

Q: What are the internet requirements for using Zoom?
A: In order to use Zoom on your computer, you must have an internet connection that is either wired broadband or 3G/4G/LTE wireless. More information on system requirements for Zoom can be found online here.

Q: When will I get my Zoom link for the class?
A: Your instructor will email the Zoom meeting room link to your PCC email account approximately 48 hours before the class begins. If you register after this point, the instructor will send you a link on the first day of class. If you register after the first day of class, which is allowed for 8-10 week classes, you will receive your link on the second day of class.

More information on creating or finding your PCC email account can be found under the “PCC Email Account” section of this FAQ.

Q: What if I don’t receive my Zoom link?
A: If you do not receive a Zoom meeting room link within the time frame mentioned above, please login to your PCC email account and email communityed@pcc.edu. Let us know which class you are taking, and that you have not received your Zoom meeting room link.

To speed up the communication process, it’s best to also copy your instructor on this email. Instructions for how to find your instructor’s email can be found under the “Remote Classes” section of this FAQ.

Q: Can I share my Zoom link?
A: No, students are not allowed to share their class’s Zoom link with anyone.

Q: How do I join a Zoom classroom meeting?
A: Step by step instructions for joining a Zoom meeting can be found below. For additional guidance, including a video walk through, click here.

Step 1: You can join a Zoom meeting by clicking on the meeting room link provided by your instructor. The link will be provided via your PCC email, as a calendar invite or in the body of the email. If you already have Zoom’s desktop app on your computer, the meeting room link may also be visible there.

Step 2: If you don’t have the desktop app, when you click on the link, you will then be prompted to either install Zoom software or open a Zoom meeting file.

Step 3: Once you have completed Step 2, you will be prompted to join the meeting room. Click “Join” and then click the “Join Audio by Computer” button to have Zoom use the default audio/video devices currently connected to your computer. You’re in!

Using Zoom

Q: How do I turn off my video feed?
A: Click the “Stop Video” icon, which can be found in the “meeting controls” panel at the bottom of your Zoom screen. Other options on this panel include “Mute” and “Participants.” You should still be able to see other people if their video feed is on, and other people should still be able to hear you when you are unmuted.

Q: How do I change my screen name?
A: Click the “Participants” icon, which can be found in the “meeting controls” panel at the bottom of your Zoom screen. Other options on this panel include “Mute” and “Stop Video.” A “Participants” window will appear. Click the “Rename” button. A window will pop up with a “New Screen Name” field. Enter your preferred screen name into this field, along with any pronouns you would like to share with the class. Click “OK” to finalize the change.

Q: A: How do I mute myself?
A: Click the “Mute” icon, which can be found in the “meeting controls” panel at the bottom of your Zoom screen. Other options on this panel include “Start Video” and “Participants.”

Q: How do I use Zoom’s chat feature?
A: While in a meeting, click the “Chat” icon, which can be found in the “meeting controls” panel at the bottom of your Zoom screen. Other options on this panel include “Start Video” and “Participants.” More information on using Zoom’s chat feature can be found here.

Q: What should I do if I have a bad connection or my internet goes out?
A: When an instructor shares the Zoom meeting room link for their class, they will also share a call-in number, meeting ID, and potentially a password. Students can use the call-in number provided by their instructor to rejoin the class over the phone. When calling in, students will be prompted to provide the meeting ID and password.

Q: I still have questions about remote classes and/or using Zoom. Who should I contact?
A: If you have any follow-up questions or would like to schedule a Zoom trial run on your computer, call Community Education’s infoline at 971-722-6266 (option 0) or email communityed@pcc.edu.

Remote Classes

Q: How do I find my instructor’s contact information?
A: You can find your instructor’s email by searching for their name in PCC’s staff directory. If you are unable to reach your instructor, please email communityed@pcc.edu.

Q: Can I attend a remote class if I don’t have a camera, or don’t feel comfortable being on camera?
A: In many cases, cameras are encouraged, but not required for our classes. However, for some of our classes, you might find that having a camera is important. If you have questions about whether having a camera is useful or essential for your class, please contact your instructor or email communityed@pcc.edu.

Q: When will I get my Zoom link for the class?
A: Your instructor will email the Zoom meeting room link to your PCC email account approximately 48 hours before the class begins. If you register after this point, the instructor will send you a link on the first day of class. If you register after the first day of class, which is allowed for 8-10 week classes, you will receive your link on the second day of class.

Q: Will remote class meetings be recorded through Zoom?
A: Some classes may be recorded. If an instructor intends to record a class, they are required to inform you before they begin recording. Students will have a chance to turn off their video feed and/or change their screen name before recording begins. More information on how to turn off your video feed or change your screen name can be found under the “Using Zoom” section of this FAQ.

If an instructor records a class meeting, they will share that recording with the class via a Google folder shared with your PCC email account.

Q: What if my instructor does not show up on time?
A: Please wait for at least ten minutes in case your instructor is experiencing technical difficulties.

Q: I still have questions about remote classes and/or using Zoom. Who should I contact?
A: If you have any follow-up questions or would like to schedule a Zoom trial run on your computer, call Community Education’s infoline at 971-722-6266 (option 0) or email communityed@pcc.edu.

Online Ed2Go Classes

Q: Can I register for Ed2Go Online classes through MyPCC?
A: No. Students must register and pay for Ed2Go classes through PCC’s Ed2Go website.

Q: Are Ed2Go classes free? I don’t see any tuition listed on PCC’s website.
A: Ed2Go classes are not free. Fees for each class can be found when you search for the course on PCC’s Ed2Go website.

Q: Can I use a PCC payment plan to pay for Ed2go classes?
A: You cannot use PCC’s usual payment plan for Ed2Go classes. However, we can accept third party payments. For more information on third party payments for Ed2Go, email Windy Wahlke at windy.wahlke15@pcc.edu.

Q: Can I use my employee tuition waiver for Ed2Go classes?
A: Unfortunately, students cannot use their employee tuition waiver for Ed2Go classes.

Q: I still have questions about Ed2Go classes. Who should I contact?
A: For class details, including syllabuses, hardware requirements, and instructor bios, search for the class on PCC’s Ed2Go website. For further support, call 971-722-2711 or email online@pcc.edu.

PCC Email Account

Q: I don’t have a PCC email account. How do I get one?
A: Everyone enrolled as a credit or non-credit student is assigned a PCC email account, accessed by logging into their MyPCC account. Even if you have not ever logged in, your account still exists.

Q: How do I login to my PCC email account?
A: Go to my.pcc.edu. You will be prompted to enter a username and password to login. Once you are logged in to MyPCC, access your email by clicking on the envelope icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Q: How do I login to my PCC email account if I don’t know my username or password?
A: Go to my.pcc.edu. If you have never logged in before, you will need to click the “First time user?” link and set up your account. If you have logged in before, but can’t remember your password, click the “Forgot your password?” link for assistance. For each of these processes, you will need to know your username. If you do not know your username, call PCC’s IT Help Desk at 971-722-4400.

More Questions?

If you have a follow-up question about remote courses or would like to schedule a Zoom trial run on your computer, call Community Education’s infoline at 971-722-6266 (option 0) or email communityed@pcc.edu.

For Ed2Go online class details, including syllabuses, hardware requirements, and instructor bios, search for the class on PCC’s Ed2Go website. For further support, call 971-722-2711 or email online@pcc.edu.