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BC3 offers over 100 courses in online and distance education formats

Online and Hybrid Classes

Online Classes
An online class uses the Internet, the College's Learning Management System (Blackboard), and other web-based applications for all instruction, activities, assessments, and class interaction.

Hybrid Classes
A hybrid class is essentially an online class, but also requires four or more campus meetings.  These campus meeting are scheduled in advance by the instructor. May be used for any combination of lectures, discussions, presentations, labs, examinations, etc.  Required campus meeting dates are listed with the class information.

Online-Hybrid Class List
Not all BC3 credit classes are offered in the online, hybrid or iTV format. See the BC3 Classes page for availability. Distance Education classes follow the same start date, end date, midterm and final exam schedule as all BC3 classes (unless otherwise noted) and have set deadlines for assignments and testing

Online and Hybrid Course Requirements


Tuition and Fees
Students taking an online or hybrid class will pay the regular BC3 tuition and fees, plus an additional fee per credit hour.

Skills and Abilities
Students enrolled in an online or hybrid course are expected to have basic computing, word-processing, reading and comprehension skills, and prior experience using the Internet and email.

Computer Access

Additional Course Materials
Additional costs for online and hybrid courses may be incurred separately from the College’s standard tuition and fees, for items such as course-specific materials and supplies, web-based services, online access codes, software, at-home lab kits, etc. Notification of potential additional costs will be provided to students at the time of registration. Specific items required will be listed on the College’s online Bookstore and on the instructor’s course outline. Costs may vary.

Online Testing & Student Identity Verification Guidelines
In compliance with federal regulations (34 CFR 602.17(g)), online instructors shall require students who participate in such classes and/or take exams to verify their identity by using a secure login, a pass code, a webcam, and a microphone; or to take proctored exams.

Students may be required to have photo identification for proctored examinations, which may include video and audio recording with consent of the student. In addition, new or other technologies and practices to assist in verifying student identity may be utilized.

Additional costs for proctoring services or use of other technologies and practices may apply and notice of such costs will be provided to students at the time of registration. Costs may vary.