Hello, and welcome to Kepler Preparatory Academy’! Dallas college provides resources and information for all virtual students on their site. We have also prepared the following information to help familiarize you and your student with the Dual Credit Program.
eConnect – the Business side of College
eConnect is the “business” side of the Dallas College interface. It allows students to view their schedules, pay fees or tuition, opt in/out of IncludEd, view grades and more. What you won’t find in eConnect are your classes. Anything course related can be found in eCampus.
To access eConnect, go to the dcccd.edu website, select Online Tools from the top right corner, then eConnect. Select “Credit Students”, you may need to login (they keep changing the navigation) or it may take you to a rather large menu of options. Students should put an e in front of their student ID, when asked to login.
To Opt in/out of IncludEd:
Go down to Books and Supplies | Learning Materials Opt Out and you can choose to opt-out.
To check the status of the dual credit scholarship, or make a payment:
Check your receipts under Print My Receipt.
Pay for includEd fees under Make a Payment
To check what courses you are enrolled in:
Check Schedules under My Course Schedule
Class Enrollments / Adds / Drops
All course additions must be done through our college advisor and must come from us. If you need to Add courses, please email your Enrollment form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send to the advisor expeditiously!
If you need to drop a course, please email the advisor the course number, and title.
Any time you register for classes, or make a change to your schedule, you should check your receipt and your Class Schedule:
Navigation: eConnect | Credit Students | print Receipt
1. Is the IncludEd portion available to pay? If so, you may wish to pay it now.
2. Check to make sure a scholarship is mentioned somewhere on your receipt. If not, email us at email@example.com.
3. Make sure the course schedule is correct.
eCampus – the Classroom side of College
eCampus is the hub for all courses. Classes begin to show up in eCampus during the week leading up to the class start date – though some do not show up until the day of class. If you are concerned that your student may not be enrolled in the classes he/she thinks, please check the Class Schedule in eConnect (see info above).
You can navigate to eCampus via Online Tools in the upper right corner of the main dcccd.edu page.
Accessing Student Email
Students can access their student email accounts by going to the dcccd.edu webpage, select Online Tools from the top right corner. Select Email. Use your student email address firstname.lastname@example.org and password from eConnect/eCampus.
The college provided a video for accessing Learning Materials provided via includEd. Each course likely also has instructions for accessing materials. Many of the Learning Materials provided with includEd, like Cengage, require students to use their student email address to access the materials, and once registered, the vendor may send an activation link to the student email address. Once the student has created their account and activated it, they should see the materials are “Paid”. Each class may be a little different. The instructor should be able to assist you with any questions or issues.
New Student Tips
Here is a link full of helpful info, including free access to Microsoft 365.
If this is your student’s first exposure to college courses and/or online education, we have some suggestions that helped us start off on the right foot:
1. Get familiar with eCampus before the first day. Some classes may show up in eCampus the week prior to the start of class, some may not be there until the day classes start. It’s a great time to get familiar with the layout and where to find things, how to create any software accounts needed, etc. Your student’s eCampus access is e plus the student ID @student.dcccd.edu (for example: email@example.com) and the password should be the same as your eConnect password. You can navigate there via Online Tools in the upper right corner of the main dcccd.edu page.
2. Go over the syllabus together and discuss what each item is that is being graded, and if possible, go find it in eCampus. How will it be turned in? How many points is each assignment, quiz, exam worth? Discuss the importance of making sure your student asks questions if they don’t understand what’s required or can’t find an assignment.
3. Take a look at the work involved in each course each week. Not every student hits the ground running – if your student needs help getting organized, this is a good time to help them plan their strategy for each class,. ie: I’ll do all of Texas Gov reading on Monday mornings, Questions Tuesday Mornings; Weekday afternoons I’ll work on College Algebra for 1-2 hours. Thursdays I’ll work on Art Appreciation reading, Friday I’ll do Art assignments. We have at times transferred assignments from all classes to a spreadsheet to sort/organize the work and check off tasks (like a planner, but in Google sheets).
4. Don’t assume your child “has it covered” the first couple of weeks – I made this mistake with 1 of mine and luckily caught that the child was missing a section of homework and didn’t realize it. Missing a self-intro in the forum the first week, that was only worth 5 points, meant a 2 point drop in overall course grade because of how the points were weighted. Ouch! (the teacher later re-weighted that after my child wrote a very polite request, at my urging, for extra credit to offset it. The teacher hadn’t intended it to have such an impact). They’re in college, yes, but they’re still in high school and still need our guidance. No shame in that! These are teaching moments, and we have so few of them left!
5. Make them ask the teacher if they don’t understand. This is a hard one and most kids don’t like to have to ask for help. This is also a great time to talk about communicating clearly and professionally with the instructor and fellow students.
6. If you look at the amount of work required for all courses and decide that some adjustments to your schedule need to be made, please do so during the first TWO days of class. From the 3rd day forward, it becomes a withdraw from class. These can have an impact on future financial aid. Please discuss all withdrawal requests with the college advisor for potential impact.
Have a wonderful semester! Let us know if you have any questions!