FAQs for Distance Learning Continuing Education Courses

1) How long are these courses?

a. Each course is a semester long. Fall course are from mid August to mid December, and spring courses are from mid January to mid May.

2) How much time per week can I expect to need for adequate completion of these courses?

a. 10 hours per week is an approximate amount of time necessary for these courses. This includes time spent watching lectures, reading course material, and completing homework, quizzes, and exams.

3) I’ve registered for a course; now what happens?

a. Approximately a month before the course begins, a welcome letter will be sent to you explaining the process of taking a distance learning course, what can expected from the course, and other important course information. You will be given a username and password combination for the online VNet portal where all distance learning course materials are kept. With each student’s permission, you will be given a list of all distance learning students and their contact information for communication during the course.

4) What happens if I cannot complete the course?

a. If you would like to complete the course in a future semester, we can transfer your registration and payment to that semester with no financial penalty; however, this process can only be done once. If you do not want to take the course in the future, we will discuss the available options on a case-by-case basis.

5) I want to cancel my registration and the course has not started yet; what do I do?

a. Please email Valerie Green at val-green@tamu.edu to let her know your intentions to cancel your registration. She will be able to process your refund.

6) I want to cancel my registration and the course has already started; what do I do?

a. If it is close to the start date of the course, please email Valerie Green at val-green@tamu.edu to let her know your intentions to cancel your registration. She will be able to process your refund. Or, please see Question 4 for more information.

7) What is VNet?

a. VNet is the online distance learning portal we use to administer classes to distance learning students. It is where you can find course lectures, course documents, and other materials.

8 ) How do I access VNet?

a. The web address is http://vnet.tamu.edu. You must have a username and password to access the portal. Once you register for a course, you will be given a temporary username and password that will allow you to access the portal for the duration of your course.

9) Will I be able to watch the lectures live as the course is taking place?

a. No. Courses are recorded during the on-campus class times, and then posted to VNet later in the day for distance learning students to view on their own schedule.

10) How are homework, quizzes, and exams administered?

a. Homework, quizzes, and exams will be posted on VNet or emailed to you from the professor. S/he will specify the instructions and timelines for completing and turning in the homework, quizzes, and exams.

11) Will I receive academic credit for these courses?

a. No, you will receive Continuing Education Units. Academic credit can only be received if you are enrolled in a degree-seeking program within the university.

12) How many Continuing Education Units (CEUs) is each course worth?

a. Each course is worth 4.2 CEUs, which is equivalent to 42 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

13) What grade is considered as completion of these courses?

a. For distance learning courses a 70% (letter grade of ‘C’) or higher is required to receive a course completion certificate. Students must receive an 80% (letter grade of ‘B’) or higher for the course to be applied towards completion of the Process Safety Practice Certificate.

For further questions or assistance, please contact Valerie Green at val-green@tamu.edu.