Distance Learning & VCT Courses

Online learning that occurs through Web-based delivery. Online courses provide interaction between the student and the content,
the student and other students,
and the student and the instructor using various forms of computer mediated communication.

Traditional vs. Online Education
Requirements for Online Courses
Distance Learning Contacts
Online Instructors
Online Student Orientation
Online Advising & Counseling
Virtual College of Texas (VCT)
Traditional vs. Online Education

Traditional Education Vs. Online Education

These are some helpful definitions to help you decide which learning environment is right for you.
 
Traditional Education: Face-to-face or traditional education describes the most common classroom-type environment. These terms describe students who regularly attend classes in the traditional classroom environment. Students may or may not also participate in other types of educational delivery. This environment can include lectures, discussions, laboratories, etc. It is also referred to as face-to-face or on-campus education. Students who only attend face-to-face courses are referred to as traditional students.
 
Online Education: Online learning that occurs through Web-based delivery. Online courses provide interaction between the student and the content, the student and other students, and the student and the instructor using various forms of computer mediated communication (CMC). This interaction takes place through Email, course announcements, and discussion board postings. Online students participate in an electronic community of learners, in their most comfortable setting and during their most convenient time.
 
Requirements for Online Courses

Computer System Requirements & Software Requirements for Online Courses

Students interested in taking online courses must have access to a computer with the following system requirements:
  • Windows 2000 or higher.
  • An ISP (Internet Service Provider) capable of supplying a connection speed of at least 56k.
  • Email: Students are supplied with an FPC email address upon registration. Email communication is a major form of communication in online learning, as students are encouraged to check course email daily.
  • Web Browser Internet Explorer 7 or newer.
  • Screen Resolution of at least 800 X 600.
 
Students interested in taking Introduction to Computing (COSC1301) or Advanced Microcomputer Applications (BCIS1405) online must have access to a computer with the following software requirements:
  • Microsoft Office 2010 downloaded onto their computer


What If I Encounter Technical Problems?

It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor immediately regarding technical difficulties. Technical difficulties could consist of the student's computer crashing, proper software not being downloaded onto the student's computer, etc. Frank Phillips College will not supply or purchase computer equipment or software programs for online student home use. If the Frank Phillips College Website or the student portal in CAMs becomes inaccessible, the instructor should be notified immediately to ensure the problem is corrected in a timely fashion. All online students are welcome to access online courses from the ARC Lab or Library, during scheduled business hours. Online courses are accessible from any Internet ready computer regardless of location.
 
Questions? Comments? Please contact the Frank Phillips College Coordinator of Online Instruction:
Distance Learning Contacts

Distance Learning Contacts

Students are encouraged to contact any of the following distance learning contacts with any questions or difficulties they are experiencing with any distance learning application.

Dr. Shannon Carroll
Vice President for Academic Affairs
scarroll@fpctx.edu
(806)457-4200 Ext 732

Patty Kasch
IT Service Manager
pkasch@fpctx.edu
(806)457-4200 Ext 770

Michele Stevens
Director of Enrollment  |  Management/CAMS  |  Manager/VCT Coordinator
mstevens@fpctx.edu
(806)457-4200 Ext 707

Krista Wilson
kwilson@fpctx.edu
(806)457-4200 Ext 742

Amber Jones - Perryton
ajones@fpctx.edu
(806)648-1450 Ext 607

Ilene Walton - Dalhart
lwalton@fpctx.edu
(806)244-7669

Dr. Deborah Johnson - Counselor
djohnson@fpctx.edu
(806)457-4200 Ext 777

Online Instructors

Online Instructors Contact Information & Classes

BIOL 2306 Environmental Biology
BIOL 1322 Nutrition & Diet Therapy I

Associate Professor Matthew Broxson
mbroxson@fpctx.edu

GOVT 2305 Texas Government
GOVT 2306 Federal Government

Assistant Professor Lydia Howell
irinehart@fpctx.edu

BUSI 1301 Business Principles

Professor Richard Novotny
dnovotny@fpctx.edu

HITT 1305 Medical Terminology

Adjunct Faculty, Marilyn Wood
mwood@fpctx.edu

ENGL 1301 Composition I
ENGL 1302 Composition II

Assistant Professor Dawn George
dgeorge@fpctx.edu

HIST 1301 US History I
HIST 1302 US History II

Associate Professor John Jordan
jjordan@fpctx.edu

ENGL 2332 World Literature I

Vice President of Academic Affairs,
Dr. Shannon Carroll
dnovotny@fpctx.edu

HITT 1305 Medical Terminology

Adjunct Faculty, Marilyn Wood
mwood@fpctx.edu

Online Student Orientation

Frank Phillips College Plainsmen Email

All Frank Phillips College students are provided a college email address upon registration.

Open a web browser and type the following web address:  http://mail.live.com/

Once you reach the Plainsmen E-mail website, you’ll be asked for a user name and password.  Please follow the instructions below to enter this correctly:

Username = Plainsmen portal id@student.fpctx.edu

Password = your birth date

Let’s take, for example, a student with the following information:

Name: John Johnson

Student ID: 12345

Portal ID: Johnson12345

Birth date: 1/1/1988

This person would log into Plainsmen E-Mail by using the following username and password:

Mail Username: johnson12345@student.fpctx.edu (this will be the your new e-mail address)

Password: 1/1/1988 (the slashes are included in the password)

Note:   Your password is your birth date.  When entering your password, notice the direction of the slashes, and that there are no leading zeroes in the date. For example, a person born on April 1st 1988 would enter their password as 4/1/1988 and not in the format of 04/01/1988.

Please allow 2 days for your account to become active. 

After logging in, you will be able to send and receive email.


Frank Phillips College Student Portal Orientation

Logging into the student portal - Open web browser, type the following web address:  http://student.fpctx.edu, type in username and password, make sure to select correct term, then click the log in button.

Navigating the Home Screen - You can move around the Student Portal by clicking on one of the links on the left side of the screen.  Logging in will display the Student Portal home page.  The news section will display important items/announcements for students to check out!  The right side of the screen is a list of courses the student is registered for in that term.  Select the course you wish to enter.

Course Documents will take you to each unit or chapter in the course.  Each unit or chapter will be made up of an introduction, lecture, activities, and wrap up.  The course syllabus will also be posted in this area, and other important information such as the course outline, course due dates, instructor office hours, source information, and course data files.  It is recommended for all students to print the course syllabus.

Announcements notify you of any announcements posted by the instructor

Course Information is another place of instructor text information.

Faculty Contact Information provides contact information for the instructor of the course.

Email - Students may email other students in the class or a group of students in the class. A student can compose an email but will never see any other student’s email address. If more than one student was selected each student recipient will receive their own email with no other student’s email address on the email.  All students are provided with a college email address upon registering.

Text Book Information -  Textbooks for the class are displayed here.

Password -   Click the Forgot Student ID/ Password link to have this information emailed to the email address on record.  Students can change their passwords using the Change Password option.

Personal Information, address information, email, and website links can be changed here.  All students are encouraged to keep contact/address information updated at all times.

External Links takes you to a list of important web addresses or URL’s posted by your instructor.

Discussion Forum takes you to the student forum.  Here you will post answers to questions or your opinion on a topic.  All class members and the instructor will read your postings.  Your classmates or instructor can then write a reply to your statement or idea.

The Calendar can be used as a day planner. Enter items by clicking on the blue date hyperlink in the top left corner of each day. Faculty can also add calendar entries to all their students’ calendars to remind them of important class events.

Online Advising & Counseling

Academic Advisement

The Academic Advisement process includes meeting with a counselor or faculty advisor to choose courses and make appropriate decisions concerning students’ academic goals.  The counselor center is located within the Educational Services office in the Classroom Learning Complex building. We exist to serve students and can help you in the following areas:

  • If you are currently enrolled at FPC, returning to college or taking the first step toward college
  • with advisement for FPC programs
  • with career advisement, exploration and planning
  • with questions about transferring to another college
  • with personal concern

All services are free and confidential.

Students enrolled only in online courses will be assigned an advisor during the FYIS course. Students enrolled in cosmetology programs at Dumas and Hereford centers will be advised by their program director at their center. Students enrolled in Dalhart or Perryton courses will be advised by the directors at the sites. Regardless of location, however, students may request a faculty advisor who can meet with them through distance technology.

Students attending classes at a location other than the Borger campus, including online classes, can meet with a counselor at Borger via distance technology. Counselors not only work closely with the student in making satisfactory adjustments to the academic and co-curricular activities of the college, but they can also help with obtaining credit by exam, transfer equivalencies, and preparing a degree plan.


Frank Phillips College E-mail, Confidentiality, and Online Counseling

E-mail Guidelines
The staff of Student Services welcomes your contact and values your privacy and time.  Frank Phillips College offers you a variety of contact methods.   We take your time and confidentiality very seriously and therefore consider it important that you understand the limitations of e-mail technology benefiting personal counseling.

If You Are Looking For On-line Counseling or Advice . . . 
Unfortunately, on-line counseling is not offered at Frank Phillips College, yet distance students can seek counseling or assistance with a problem by calling 806-457-4200 Ext. 777.  Students will receive the same help from our counselor regardless of where he or she lives.  If a student calls the counselor for counseling, the call will be returned at no charge to the student. 

Ulifeline is an online resource center for college student mental health and emotional well being. If you wish to reach them by phone, call 1-800-273-TALK. www.ulifeline.org


Alternatively, you can call the Regional Emergency Assessment Center & Hotline (REACH) for suicide prevention and crisis assistance at 
1-800-692-4039 or you can call Family Support Services for domestic issues at 1-800-749-9026.  Both hotlines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Contact Information
The Frank Phillips College Counselor is located in the Classroom Learning Complex building in the Office of Educational Services suite. Please contact Dr. Deborah Johnson at djohnson@fpctx.edu, (806) 457-4200, ext. 777 or in person. Dr. Johnson will make arrangements to meet students at any of the FPC sites or via Skype for counseling, advising, or career testing.

Important Information about E-mail Confidentiality . . . 
We cannot guarantee that your e-mail will remain confidential. We will do our best to keep your communications private. However, our college administration, like many other employers, reserves the right to monitor our e-mail usage and might therefore see the text of your message.  If you are in any way concerned about the contents of your e-mail being read by someone other than the person you are contacting, you should consider alternate ways of contacting us.

When we respond to your e-mail, we will respond to the address from which it is sent.  If you do not wish others who may have access to the e-mail account you are using to also have access to our response, please consider another means of communication.

Your e-mail message and the counselor's response to it will be printed and included in your file. It is important that you are aware of that fact.
We strongly encourage you not to use e-mail for contact.

How quickly can you expect a reply? 
While we try to check our e-mail regularly, you have no way of knowing if one of us is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or other reasons, or if there are problems with the network itself. This means that your message may not be received immediately.

If time is of particular concern for you, you should consider calling our office at 806-457-4200, Ext. 777, or calling REACH, a 24-hour hotline, at 1-800-692-4039 or Family Support Services, a 24-hour hotline, at 1-800-749-9026.

If You are Not a Frank Phillips College student. . . 
First and foremost, since we are funded by FPC student fees, we place the highest priority on responding to e-mail from FPC students. Due to conflicting demands on our time, we have had to develop priorities to help us determine how to best spend our resources.

Virtual College of Texas (VCT)

Virtual College of Texas

The Virtual College of Texas consists of Texas community and technical colleges.  VCT provides for students to register at the local college level to take credit and non-credit distance learning courses from colleges throughout the state of Texas.
The Virtual College of Texas can be accessed by opening a web browser, and type the following web address:  www.vct.org

For more information about VCT contact Michele Stevens at mstevens@fpctx.edu or 806-457-4200 ext 707.