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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in Holy Cross Online Learning!

What is Holy Cross Online Learning?
Holy Cross Online Learning is a new venture creating opportunities for enhanced engagement with off-campus communities and serving as a venue for faculty to continue to develop innovative instructional methods, which also benefits our students on campus.

Can anyone register for Online Learning courses??
Every Online Learning course is open to Holy Cross alumni, parents and friends.

Is there a cost to register?
There is no cost to register or participate. This is a free noncredit course opportunity for Holy Cross alumni, parents and friends.  

Do I need a special kind of computer/web browser to participate in this course?
The following are the system requirements from the EdX website:

  • Most current browsers will work with For best performance, we recommend current versions of Chrome or Firefox.
  • Most courses can be taken on any desktop or laptop computer that has an internet connection and can run an up to date browser. Mobile devices like smartphones, tablets or iPads, can also be used to access our courses, though some more advanced problem types and content features may not function properly.

How do I sign up for Shakespeare: Time Lord?
Register online »

Please note: If you have never taken a Holy Cross Online course before, fill out the registration form and click the button labeled “Create My Holy Cross Online Learning Account” to create your HC Online account and be enrolled in the discussion.

I have participated in past online courses (i.e. The Irish American Experience and/or the Henrietta Lacks book discussion).  Do I need to register again with the online web platform?
The email address and password combination that you already created and used for The Irish American Experience (Fall 2017) and/or the Henrietta Lacks book discussion (Spring 2018) will allow you to sign into the online course platform.  However, you must still enroll in Shakespeare: Time Lord.  To do so, while on the registration page, click the button at the top labeled “Already Registered? - Log In.”  Then, sign in with the credentials you had previously created for past courses and click the button labeled “Log into My Holy Cross Online Learning Account + Access My Courses” to be enrolled in this new course.

Is there a deadline to sign up?
We recommend participants register for Shakespeare: Time Lord before October 8 to give you ample time to become familiar with the edX platform and to experience the pre-discussion instructions/content.

When does the online course begin?
Shakespeare: Time Lord begins the week of October 15 and will run for six weeks through Thanksgiving.

How is the discussion structured? 
For detailed information regarding the course structure, please review the syllabus (PDF). Throughout the course, we will examine five classic plays and study how Shakespeare handles the concept of time.  We will review (in order):  Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Part I, Henry IV; Hamlet; and King Lear. 

How much of a time commitment will this course entail?
We anticipate students spending no more than one to two hours per week, all self-paced. Each week contains a 30-40 minute video presentation with Professor Whall, along with optional discussion board activities and suggested readings.

I will be on vacation/unavailable during part of the discussion - will I be able to catch up?
While course content is released according to the schedule, each week’s material remains available after its release for the duration of the course. Students are always welcome to access prior weeks’ content.

What if I have discussion-related questions?  Will Professor Whall answer them?
Yes!  Professor Whall will monitor all online discussion board questions/comments throughout the six-week course.

What if I have technology-related questions?  Who will answer them?
Please email us at and a member of our support team will answer your question(s) within one business day.

Will content be available ahead of time?  Can I get ahead?
While discussion content is released according to the schedule, each week’s material remains available after its release for the duration of the course. Students are always welcome to access prior weeks’ materials.

Will I get academic credit for participating in this online course?
Shakespeare: Time Lord is a noncredit course. Participants will not receive a grade at the end of the discussion.