I trust that you are all keeping safe and well. Further to my email last week, I hope that you have now been able to log on to the mountcrestonline.com moodle platform.
As indicated in my last email to you, we will be commencing lectures on Monday 4th May, 2020. You will have already received your tentative timetables via your class reps. Kindly check your emails and moodle pages regularly, and at the very least, once every 24 hours in order not to miss important updates. Messages will be sent to you through your class reps only as a last resort so it is imperative that you check your moodle pages regularly.
You will receive your scheduled class codes on moodle for your ‘GoToMeeting’ lecture approximately 24 hours before each class. I hope that you have by now downloaded the GoToMeeting app on your devices. You will not be able to join the live lecture sessions without joining via either the GoToMeeting website or app.
You are kindly reminded to adhere to class rules as you would if you were attending on-campus lectures. In addition:
1. Please be reminded that attendance at lectures is compulsory and counts towards your graduation requirements.
2. Students are required to be punctual as a late entry to class disturbs other participants. As a guide, please join the class at least 5 minutes before the scheduled start time. Lecturers are entitled to refuse entry to class if a student attends more than 15 minutes after the class has started.
3. In order to avoid noise feedback, kindly mute your microphones during class. You may unmute your microphone with the lecturer’s permission if you have a question or contribution to make. Please seek permission by sending a typed message to the lecturer in the chat box at the top of the participant list. Only unmute your microphone when permission to do so is granted.
4. Kindly turn on your webcams and identify yourselves by typing in your names in place of the default gadget type. This is in order to make you identifiable to your lecturer and fellow classmates and to make our classes as interactive as possible.
5. The dress code for lectures is smart casual. The lecturer reserves the right to refuse admittance if a student is not appropriately dressed for class.
We trust that, as always, you will cooperate with us by adhering to our etiquette guidelines.
Please be reminded that tuition fees are still due as they would be for on-campus learning. However, we are mindful that these are not ordinary times and some of you may struggle with meeting deadlines for payment of your fees.
As part of our commitment to seeing you through your studies to successful completion, we have taken the decision not to prevent any student, over the next 2 weeks, from accessing the moodle platform for failure to fulfil their tuition fee obligation in accordance with the existing payment plan. Instead, students who are in arrears of more than two thousand Ghana cedis (GHC 2000) in tuition fees, irrespective of how much more, are to make a deposit of GHC2000 towards their arrears by Friday 15th May, 2020 in order to continue accessing the platform after that date. They are also to contact our senior accountant, Ms Grace Worlanyo Krah, to arrange a temporary payment plan for their arrears and future payments during the period of physical closure of the college. We will return to the original payment plans once we resume on-campus learning.
Please email Ms. Krah at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you will find this to be a more manageable solution than the existing requirement of settling all arrears before accessing the programme. Please endeavour to arrange your temporary payment plans as soon as possible to avoid a disruption to your studies. We appreciate that these are difficult times and are willing to assist as best as we can.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you all virtually next week. As this is the first time we are using this platform, we expect to have some minor technical challenges in the first few weeks. Kindly bear with us during this period. As always, we will appreciate your feedback on our online learning over the coming weeks. Thank you for your continued patience and support.
With best wishes,