Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an online
course?An online course is a
course offered through the Internet. An online course is one offered with at
least 80 percent of class time online. Students interact with their teacher and
with one another through the World Wide Web using e-mail, discussion boards, and
other features offered through an instructional program. BCCC's instructional
program is called Canvas. For some online courses, students may be asked to
come on campus for testing.
Q: What is a hybrid course?A hybrid course is course taught partly online, partly in the classroom.
Check the Credit Course Search for assigned dates, times, and locations
for on-campus sessions. These are MANDATORY sessions. Your attendance at these
on-campus sessions is crucial for your success in your hybrid course.
Q: What do I need to
take an online course?Students interested in
taking an online course need access to a computer connected to the Internet.
For a successful experience with online courses, students must be proficient
computer users and must be disciplined, motivated, and self-directed.
Q: Are online courses
easier than on-campus classes?No. If anything,
online courses are more difficult than on-campus classes because students do
not have a built-in schedule for themselves. Students who do well in online
courses are highly motivated and disciplined. They access their course site
every day, or at least every other day, to keep up with their assignments. They
also can tolerate learning in an environment where they are physically isolated
from their teacher and classmates.
Q: How do online
courses work?Students who
registered for an online course for the first time are required to attend an
on-campus orientation session located at the following link: http://www.bccc.edu/Page/279.
Q: How do I register
for my online course?Students who want to
register for an online course follow the same procedures as when registering
for a traditional class.
Q: How many online
courses can I register for in one semester?Online courses are
often more difficult than traditional courses, so we recommend that students
register for no more than three online courses in one semester.
Q: How often am I
expected to access my online course?Every week throughout
the duration of the course, an online student is expected to access the course
at least three or four times. Ideally, one should access the course site every
day just to see what new announcements the instructor has posted and whether
there are new lessons or assignments that came up. Online students are also
expected to communicate with each other and with their instructors very often;
that is why frequent access to the course site is crucial for a student's
success in the course.
Q: When am I expected
to do my work in my online class?In an online course,
students can enjoy the convenience of doing the course work whenever they want
at any time of the day or night. Since all the interaction with their teacher
and classmates is done over the Internet, they can log into the course
literally any time provided that they can access the course site frequently and
do the work. Deadlines for submitting assignments must be met.
Q: Can I call or visit
my instructor during office hours if I am an online student?Online students are
more than welcome to call or visit their instructors during their office hours.
Every instructor has his or her office location, office hours, and phone number
posted so that students can visit them.
Q: If I take an online
class, am I ever expected to come on campus for my course?In some online
courses, students are asked to come on campus for tests and exams. In the case
of hybrid courses, some class sessions are on campus. These on-campus sessions
Q: What happens if I
miss an on-campus session?Missing an on-campus
session may jeopardize a student's success in the online or hybrid course. That
is why it is very important to note the on-campus dates and take all the
necessary measures (baby-sitting, work arrangements, etc.) in order to be able
to attend these sessions.
Q: Do I need any
textbooks for my online class?Yes, students are
required to buy textbooks for their online or hybrid courses. Textbook
information appears on every course site under "syllabus".
Q: Do I need to have
my own e-mail address if I take an online course?Yes, all students who
take online or hybrid courses must have their own e-mail address. Our College
provides free e-mail accounts to students. You can find this email address, and
default password, by logging into the student portal.
In addition, free
e-mail accounts can be obtained from various Web sites such ashttp://www.yahoo.com, or http://www.hotmail.com, or http://msn.com.
Q: What do I do if I
need help using the Internet site for my online course?You can always e-mail
or call the E-Learning office (410-462-7625) for help with your online course.
If you are at the Liberty Campus, you can receive hands-on help at the E-Learning
office in HH 110 or at the Open Computer Lab in the Main (Administration)
Building, Room 055.
Q: What is
MarylandOnline?MarylandOnline is a
consortium of community colleges within our state. These colleges agreed to
share courses in order to give better educational opportunities to their
students. Thus, a BCCC student can take an online course offered from another
college (usually because that course is not available at our college).