Dual Enrollment Lingo

Learning the lingo or what people are talking about is an important step to succeeding in college.  Too often faculty and staff assume that you know how the system works and what they mean when they are talking to you.

Here’s a list of the most commonly used terms used in Dual Enrollment and their meaning to help!

Traditional – A course that runs the entire semester in person.

Hybrid – Students will meet on campus one day of the week and attend class online on the other day.  (unless otherwise specified by the instructor.)

Internet or Online – A course conducted over the internet through a learning management system without set scheduled class meeting times. (Asynchronous class)

  • Online classes will have a participation assignment the first day of class to verify your attendance in the course.  Do NOT skip this!

Virtual – Students will meet remotely at the regularly scheduled class time via Blackboard. (Synchronous class)

Mini-term – Full credit condensed course that is usually a half-semester in length.

Pre-requisite – A beginning course that prepares students for a more difficult or advanced course. A student may not take the advanced course without completing the appropriate pre-requisite.

MW – Monday and Wednesday classes

TR – Tuesday and Thursday classes

Blackboard – Learning Management System where your classes are located (courses do not show in Backboard until the first day of class.)

OneACCS – Student online portal that provides to registration, payment, schedule, transcript request, and so much more!

CRN Number – This is the five digit course reference number that is used to register for classes and can be found in the online course schedule.

Learning Resources Center (Library) – Campus resource center offering on-site library materials, in­formation technologies, and instructional services necessary to support and supplement the teaching-learning process.

Student Email – Your college-assigned student email account is considered an official channel for communication between the colleges and you.  Check it often!!

Add/Drop Period – This is a short time period during which the student may make changes to his schedule without any academic or financial consequences.  This is usually only the first day or two of the semester.  Ask Dual Enrollment if you are unsure before making any changes!

Syllabus – The syllabus is an outline or overview of the course handed out by the instructor at the beginning of the course. The syllabus contains information about the course which often includes requirements, expectations, textbook information, contact information for the instructor, objectives, assignments, and often a daily schedule of assignments and topics.  Students are always encouraged to read the syllabus carefully and refer to it often throughout the course.