Online Learning is dedicated to the evaluation, design, and implementation of high quality online education. Online Learning staff provide resources and services to assist students and faculty to be successful in teaching and learning online.
Online Learning (OL) refers to all classes in which all or a portion of instruction takes place online. There are three types of OL classes: internet, hybrid and web-assisted. Internet class instruction is delivered 100% online where the students and instructors do not meet face-to-face, but instead interact entirely in an online environment. These classes are always indicated by an “I” in the section code (e.g. CIS-110-I2 and BIO- 240-I1). Hybrid class instruction is delivered on-line with a requirement that students also meet face-to-face (in-classroom). These classes are always indicated by a “Y” in the section code (e.g. BIO-112-DY1 and ACA-122-NYE1A).
In addition to online and hybrid classes, CFCC’s face-to-face classes are often web-assisted. In a web-assisted class, all instruction is delivered face-to-face with a requirement that students have internet access as a supplemental part of the class. This means that certain course materials are made available to students through a learning management system (LMS) such as Blackboard. These materials typically include a class schedule, syllabus, instructor contact information, and a gradebook.
Note: Hybrid classes may have required face-to-face, proctored exams. Please contact the individual instructor or department to determine if a particular section has such a requirement.
Online Learning courses follow the same college requirements as traditional courses. College policies, such as admission, withdrawal, financial aid, etc. apply to OL courses. OL courses are not self-paced. They follow the same college calendar as face-to-face courses.
Online Learning class materials become available at specific times as the class progresses, and students are required to meet regular deadlines. These classes can, when fully online, require a minimum of 6-10 hours of independent work each week. Because of this, OL classes are best suited for students who are strongly self- motivated, self-disciplined, and have excellent time management skills. Additionally, because all OL classes require the use of a computer, they should only be taken by students who are already comfortable using computers for various types of applications, such as word processing, web browsing, chat, discussion boards, etc.; who are proficient in communicating in writing alone; and who have regular access to a computer and internet service. A tutorial for Blackboard–the online environment where OL classes are taught–is available at http://online.cfcc.edu and can be accessed using the generic username and password given on that page.
More Online Learning resources can be found at: http://cfcc.edu/online/.
Online Learning Attendance
Attendance in internet classes is demonstrated by completing an initial “Enrollment Verification” assignment and completing required coursework. In hybrid classes, where students meet face-to-face and online, attendance may be measured by presence at the first (and subsequent) face-to-face-meetings, completion of the online “Enrollment Verification” assignment and assigned coursework, or both.
An “Enrollment Verification” (EV) assignment requires the student to 1) login to the Blackboard class site and 2) complete an activity that involves engagement with course material. Failure to login and complete the EV activities for each internet and hybrid class by the 10 percent date of the class may result in the student being withdrawn from the class.
Help with completing the Enrollment Verification activity can be found at: http://cfcc.edu/online/help-page/#ev.