Online & Distance Education
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BC3 offers over 100 courses in online and distance education formats.
Online and Hybrid 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.
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
Note: 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
- Completion of GENL 001B60 - ET Orientation is required for ALL students taking their first online or hybrid class at BC3 or students who have not completed the ET Orientation within the past two years. This is a self-paced, online course that must be completed prior to the first day of class.
- Students may register for this course in the same manner as registering for any other BC3 credit course. There is no fee for this course, and it holds no credit value. Grading is Pass/Fail only, and does not count towards the calculation of GPA.
- Once registered, students will receive information via their MyBC3 email account approximately 2-weeks prior to the course start date with specific information and instructions for completing this requirement.
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.
- Students enrolled in an online or hybrid class are expected to have regular and unrestricted access to an up-to-date computer system (Windows or Mac). Unrestricted access means the student has the permission, rights, and ability to install software and plug-ins on the computer's hard drive. Campus computer labs are available for all students to complete classwork; however, these labs are run on a virtual thin-client environment. Some software and web-based applications will not run in the virtual thin-client environment and/or installation of the application on a virtual server may not be permitted by the software manufacturer.
- Students must have access to a broadband Internet connection (cable, DSL, T1/LAN). A dial-up connection is not recommended.
- Tablet computers, smart phones, and some Internet browsers may not be compatible.
- A webcam and microphone are required for all online courses, and may be required for hybrid courses. Additional software may be required. On-campus access will not be available for all software, for example, QuickBooks®.
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.