Open Entry/Open Exit
Welcome to Schoolcraft College and the Open Entry/Open Exit Program, known on campus as OE/OE. I’d like to spend a few minutes to give you a brief overview of the OE/OE program and its requirements.
OE/OE courses can be completed at home, in the college’s computer labs or library, or in the OE/OE lab where instructors are available to help you during their posted lab hours. OE/OE courses are not online courses. Every OE/OE course requires at least one on-campus assessment that will be taken in the OE/OE Testing Center located just inside the OE/OE Lab (Room 120 of the Biomedical Technology Center). This assessment may be your final exam, a speech, a presentation, or demonstration of hands-on skills.
The OE/OE lab is open to all currently registered Schoolcraft College students. It is not required that you be registered in an OE/OE class to utilize the lab. However, as you enter the OE/OE lab, you will be required to present a student ID card or current copy of your schedule to be scanned that will identify you as a registered Schoolcraft student.
If you do not have a student ID card, one can be obtained from the Admissions and Enrollment Center located in the McDowell Center.
For any on-campus assessments taken in the OE/OE lab, you will be required to present a student ID card or a picture ID such as a driver’s license.
OE/OE courses provide an alternative to traditional classroom learning providing you greater control over your learning schedule. These self-paced courses can be completed in several weeks, a month or a semester as you do not attend regular classes or lectures.
OE/OE courses are designed for the self-motivated student who possesses strong time management skills allowing them to juggle multiple commitments and still meet all deadlines. Procrastinators typically do not do well in OE/OE courses.
Your OE/OE instructor will give you a course syllabus outlining all the requirements for your course. This syllabus will include suggested homework and testing due dates to help you keep on target to complete the course before semester end.
All OE/OE courses will be using the College’s course management system, Blackboard. The level of which courses use Blackboard will vary among courses and instructors. Some courses may be using blackboard for all course work, some for testing and perhaps homework submission, while others for posting documents and grades for student access.
The best learning environment will be experienced by those who are turning in work on a regular basis allowing their instructor to provide valuable feedback on progress. Many instructors may provide opportunities for resubmission of homework for additional credit if that work is turned in on a regular basis throughout the semester. Homework or testing bundled or completed at the very end of the semester will not allow the instructor to provide feedback negating any opportunity to improve scores received.
Your instructor will give you specifics of how your homework is to be turned in. You may be using the OE/OE homework mailbox located just outside the OE/OE Lab, or turning in work via email or through Blackboard.
Homework submitted will be returned to you in approximately one week from the date it is received by your instructor not from the date you may have submitted the work.
Homework turned in to the OE/OE mailbox will be returned to the lab after grading for student pick-up. A picture ID will be required to pick-up this work.
It is important to understand that your instructor does not live on the computer or on the phone, but it is expected that they will return your homework, tests and calls in a timely manner.
Your instructor will share some very important deadline dates with you for this semester. It is vital to your success that you build these dates into your planning process and log them on your calendar.
Should a serious life event cause problems in course completion, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor immediately. Failure to do so will not serve as an excuse at semester end when your work is not complete. It is the College’s policy that incompletes are offered only when two criteria have been met: (1) existence of documented extenuating circumstance and (2) the majority of the course work has already been successfully completed.
The end of the semester deadline date for homework submission and for testing is final, no excuses/no exceptions. A deadline is a deadline.
All of the deadline dates given to you today by your instructor may also be found in the OE/OE handbook distributed during orientation or by going to the OE/OE homepage at www.schoolcraft.edu/oeoe. The OE/OE web page contains up-to-date information on instructor contact, lab hours, and testing hours for the semester.
I hope you find your experience with your OE/OE course to be challenging and rewarding.
Welcome to OE/OE!