Jun 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Catalog 
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Online Services & Educational Technology

Online Services

The College’s website at www.raritanval.edu offers comprehensive information about services and programs available at RVCC. The general public has easy access to up-to-date information about the campus, from news and events to course descriptions and curriculum outlines.

In addition, a wide variety of online services are available to RVCC students through Lion’s Den, the online student information system at Raritan Valley Community College. The Lion’s Den is the official communication channel used for RVCC business and teaching purposes. Students should check it daily to ensure that they read all communication in a timely manner. Most services require the College ID number and a password. Students can:

  • Apply for admission and view status of application processing
  • View status of admission document processing
  • View and print the course schedule
  • View and print course descriptions
  • View HOLDS that may limit or restrict registration
  • Register for classes
  • Apply for financial aid
  • View financial aid status
  • View financial account
  • View and print class schedule
  • Add or drop classes
  • Request enrollment verification
  • View and print final grades
  • Generate and print a degree evaluation
  • View and print unofficial transcripts
  • Request official transcripts
  • Receive important college mail, including bills, grades, and academic standards correspondence
  • Sign up for emergency and inclement weather notifications

Computer Facilities

Raritan Valley Community College is a fully networked campus. Personal computers are available in over 30 instructional laboratories, running Microsoft 7 or Vista/XP and Office 2010 suite of applications. In addition, many application software packages for computer science and other disciplines are available. All labs are equipped with high-speed laser printers. All computers have access to the Internet via a 100 mega-bit connection.

The College offers special purpose computing labs for graphic and fine arts, multimedia development, video production, writing, math, English as a Second Language, and bibliographic instruction. In addition to offering discipline-specific software, these labs have specialized equipment such as document scanners, color printers, video capture cards, and DVD/CD read/write drives. Networking, video editing, gaming, and graphic design labs provide computers and equipment for hands-on instruction in those disciplines.

The campus has complete WiFi coverage and students can register their computers, smartphones, tablets, and PDAs at the MIS Helpdesk to utilize it.

Students also have access to personal and laptop computers in the library. Here, software is specially configured for research and library related activities.

Personal computers, the campus network and the Internet are also used in 80 classrooms known as CATT (Center for Advanced Teaching and Technology) rooms. A wireless network is available across the entire campus.

All students are provided with Google hosted e-mail accounts via the College’s secure portal, the Lion’s Den. This system together with the College’s “SunGard Higher Education Banner” administrative system allows online registration for classes, grade lookup, e-mail to faculty, and notices of campus events. Online courses are provided via the WebStudy system, a feature rich Learning Management System. The myRV app, which provides mobile access to student data and services, is available free for both Apple and Android platforms.

The College continually evaluates and enhances its computing and network facilities and software applications. Industry input is sought to assure that RVCC students are provided with the technology necessary to successfully compete in today’s economy.

Educational Technology at RVCC

RVCC students enjoy the use of a state-of-the-art array of educational technology. The College is fully networked throughout the campus and with outside electronic sources.

This network connects a rich variety of resources both on- and off-site. Many courses are taught in the College’s 80 Center for Advanced Teaching and Technology (CATT Multimedia) Classrooms, which boast a powerful platform for accessing and displaying all educational technological formats. RVCC also has interactive television facilities, as well as teleconferencing and satellite facilities that connect to worldwide video offerings to enrich the curricula. All registered students get an Internet account with full privileges to allow them to participate in opportunities for independent remote instruction and for research and communication activities. Students at RVCC use this opportunity to build the foundation to participate effectively in an information-based society.