Carnegie Mellon University

Early Access

What happens if I don't start the course early?

You do not have to start working on the course early. This is simply an option for those students who have to time devote to the course before the fall semester begins. The majority of students will take the course over the standard 7-week, half-semester schedule.

How do I get started on the course early?

After registering via Student Information Online (OLI), click on the Course Orientation link in the C@CM Canvas course. After reviewing the orientation materials, click on the C@CM Online Learning Initiative (OLI) Course link in Canvas (as instructed in the orientation material). This link will take you to the online C@CM course materials.

What should I do if I don't see my C@CM Canvas course?

If you have officially registered properly, the C@CM Canvas course should appear after 24 hours. If the course does not appear in Canvas, first confirm that you are registered by viewing your course schedule on Student Information Online and that 24 hours has passed since you enrolled.

Once you have confirmed that C@CM is on your course schedule and 24 hours has passed, send an email with your course section (i.e. 99-101 A1) to c-cm@andrew.cmu.edu and request access to the course.

If C@CM is not on your course schedule then you were not officially registered. You'll need to contact your academic advisor for assistance with enrolling in the course.

What happens if I start the course early, but I don't finish before the semester begins?

There is no penalty for not completing the course before the fall semester begins. Any work that you do beforehand will merely give you a head start on the coursework.

The course description mentions weekly recitations. Are you required to attend? And where do you go if you want to attend?

There are no recitations over the summer. Weekly recitations will start in the fall semester if you don't finish the course early over the summer.

The course description mentions weekly recitations. How do you know if you are required to attend?

There are no recitations over the summer. If you don't finish the course early over the summer, we ask that you come to the first class to meet your Teaching Assistant. After that, you will only be required to attend class if you are not on-track with the weekly assignments or not learning the material well enough on your own.

What will happen if I complete some, but not all of the required coursework early?

Any work that you complete over the summer, even if you don’t finish, simply gives you a head start once the fall semester begins. We ask that you come to the first class to meet your Teaching Assistant. After that, you will only be required to attend class if you are not on-track with the weekly assignments or not learning the material well enough on your own.

What's the difference between the 99-101, 99-101 X1, and Open & Free C@CM courses that I see on the Online Learning Initiative (OLI) website?

The 99-101 X1 and 99-101 courses are for undergraduate students seeking course credit (99-101 X1 is a version of the course offered over the summer). The Open & Free version is for graduate students, faculty, and staff.

If you are an undergraduate student looking to fulfill the C@CM course requirement, you MUST register for 99-101 X1 or 99-101.

If you do not follow the official process detailed above and instead go directly to the Open & Free version of the C@CM course on the OLI website, you will NOT receive academic credit for the course.

What if I accidentally drop 99-101 X1?

If you are planning to complete the course early, but accidentally drop 99-101 X1 from your course schedule, you’ll need to ask your academic advisor to re-enroll you in the course.

The course asks me to log into my library account using the Student ID number and Card ID number found on my Andrew ID card. How do I log in if I don't have my ID card yet?

You can access your Carnegie Mellon ID and PIN number on Student Information Online (SIO). Once you log into your SIO, click on My Info at the top. Then, on the right-hand column, it says View your Student ID & Card ID. Use the Card ID to login into your library account. And the last four digits of your Card ID are your PIN number.

When is the Final Exam for the Early Summer Course given?

The early final exam will be taken on campus during orientation week.

What if I will not be on campus during Orientation Week to take the Final Exam early?

There will be additional opportunities to take the Final Exam early once the semester begins. You’ll receive more information about the early Final Exam sessions closer to Orientation Week.

I took the final exam early and passed the course, can I drop it from my schedule?

C@CM must remain on your course schedule so that your passing grade can be recorded. You CANNOT drop the course even if you have completed all of the course requirements. Email c-cm@andrew.cmu.edu if you need confirmation of your passing grade sent to your academic advisor in order to overload.

What do I need to do in order to be eligible to take the Final Exam early?

You must complete all of the required coursework (Pre-Assessments, Learning Activities, and Exam-Readiness Quizzes) before you can take the Final Exam early during Orientation Week.

Can I take the Final Exam early if I do not complete all of the required coursework by Orientation Week?

You must complete all of the required coursework in order to take the Final Exam early.

I see the Final Exam in Online Learning Initiative (OLI). Can I have the password to take the exam from home?

Even though you see the Final Exam in the C@CM OLI course, you cannot take the exam from home. You can ONLY take the Final Exam once you arrive on campus at one of the in-person, proctored exam sessions.

Can you tell me if I have incomplete assignments keeping me from taking the Final Exam early?

Given the enormous number of students enrolled in the course, we will not be able to check your individual progress. We will review all students’ progress near Orientation Week and will contact you if you are eligible to take the Final Exam early. You can view your scores and progress by visiting the My Scores in the C@CM Online Learning Initiative (OLI) course. If all of the blue bars are fully populated, you’ll know you’ve completed all of the required coursework.

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How can I check that I’ve completed all of the required coursework?

You can view your scores and progress by visiting My Scores in the C@CM Online Learning Initiative (OLI) course. If all of the blue bars are fully populated, you’ll know you’ve completed all of the required coursework. We will review all students’ progress near Orientation Week and will contact you if you are eligible to take the Final Exam early. Given the enormous number of students enrolled in the course, we are not be able to check your individual progress.

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If you believe you have completed a module but the blue progress bar is not full, try clicking Collapse All.

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Who should I contact if I have a question?

You should contact c-cm@andrew.cmu.edu for any questions or concerns related to C@CM.

When can I expect a response to my email?

We will respond to all messages sent to c-cm@andrew.cmu.edu within 48 hours, excluding holidays.