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Description of Distance Education Course Delivery Formats


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 (4) 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 course information.



An iTV class is a course delivered using video- and/or web- conferencing technology to allow the instructor and students to have video and audio interaction from separate remote locations simultaneously via televisions and/or computers with Internet, video, and audio capabilities.  iTV classes may require assignments and assessments be completed online outside of the regular class time through the College's Learning Management System (Blackboard).


Note: Not all BC3 credit classes are offered in the online, hybrid or iTV format. Visit the VIEW ALL CLASSES page to search for availability by delivery format/location.  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



Students wishing to take courses and/or programs via distance education must first apply to BC3.   For more information, please visit the ADMISSION page.

For out-of-state students:  Due to State Authorization regulations, students residing in states other than Pennsylvania should first review the STATE AUTHORIZATION page for a list of the states and territories for which BC3 is approved to offer Distance Education.  Out-of-state students looking to enroll in courses or programs that customarily lead to licensure and/or certification should first review the PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE INFORMATION page.



Registration for Distance Education courses is the same as traditional courses.  For more information, please visit the REGISTRATION page.

NOTE:  Completion of the MyBC3 Orientation is required for ALL students taking their first online or hybrid class at BC3.    More information is provided below.


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.  Please see TUITION & FEES for current tuition rates and associated fees.


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 and Hybrid Class Requirements

MyBC3 Technology Orientation

The MyBC3 Technology Orientation is a free, self-paced and fully-online course that introduces students to the instructional technologies used and resources available to students at BC3.  The estimated time to complete the MyBC3 Technology Orientation is:  2 hours.




Skills and Abilities

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

Students new to online learning can take the "Is online learning right for me?" self-assessment located on the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page.


Computer Access

 For more information, please visit the PERSONAL COMPUTER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS page.

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.