In general, credit courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college credits toward a degree/certificate or for transfer and a letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) is assigned upon completion of the class. Credit classes are indicated by three-letter course and section numbers. Explore CLC’s current online and blended credit class offerings. Non-credit courses are typically short-term classes intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills or develop personal interests where, upon completion, students may request a verification of completion from the instructor. Non-credit courses are indicated by a four-letter course code. Explore CLC’s non-credit class offerings online.
Online and blended (also known as hybrid) classes are offered in a variety of different subject areas with more being developed each semester. View a list of CLC’s current online and blended offerings.
The basic tuition and fee structure for an online course at CLC is the same as a credit course (see Tuition and Fees) plus an additional per credit online course fee to support technology, instructional enhancements, and other online and college learning initiatives.
Online learning has a lot of benefits, but it requires significant responsibility on the part of the learner. The online learning mode is ideal for individuals who are comfortable working independently, self-motivated, and can balance their time and priorities effectively. It is important for students to determine if online learning is a good fit before registering. To assist students in making this decision, we provide some readiness assessment tools and outline technical requirements to help you decide if online is right for you.
To learn about the necessary hardware and software requirements for taking online and blended courses, review CLC’s online learning technical requirements.
Blackboard is the learning management system used by CLC. Instructors teaching online and blended classes use Blackboard to share course materials, deliver instruction, communicate with students, and provide opportunities for collaboration.
You are able to access Blackboard from your smartphone and tablet; however, a desktop or laptop computer should be used to complete academic coursework, such as composing papers and taking online tests. Utilizing mobile devices are most effective for quick check-ins to stay engaged in your online class while on the go.
CLC online classes offer the same value and credit as face-to-face classes held on campus. The transferability of a class depends on the school and major. At CLC, courses with a 1.1 PCS are designed to transfer. PCS codes for courses can be found in the CLC catalog. It is very important to talk with a CLC counselor to discuss course acceptance and transferability. Visit CLC’s Transfer Planning page for helpful information about transferring.
For information on becoming a CLC student, follow the steps for becoming a student.
The registration process is the same for online courses as it is for all CLC courses. Registration is available in-person at all three CLC campuses and online. For more information, check out how to register.
Online classes at CLC are very popular and can fill up quickly. Online and blended classes, like face-to-face classes, have a cap on the number of students who can enroll. All courses at CLC – regardless of the learning modality – offer the same high-quality education and are taught by the same instructors. Establishing a capacity for each class section helps CLC ensure that you are receiving a superior education.
There are a few steps you can take to prepare for taking online classes at CLC. Our Support for Online Students page provides resources you can use to get ready and increase your success in an online course, including an Understanding Online Learning Tutorial. In addition, if you have not already done so, you should review the resources and use the tools provided on our Is Online Learning For You? page.
Many online courses are taught without any on-campus requirements. However, some instructors may choose to require an on-campus orientation session and/or students to come to campus for testing. Blended (also sometimes referred to as hybrid) classes meet on-campus at designated times for instruction, labs, and speeches. More information about the specific requirements of both online and blended classes can be found on the Online & Blended Class Requirements page.
Each instructor decides the requirements for assignments, testing, and attendance. Assignments are often submitted using tools found in Blackboard [Link to Blackboard page] and typically are due by deadlines established by instructors. Testing may take place online or, if required by the instructor, occur on-campus at one of CLC’s Testing Centers; in cases where CLC campuses are too far of a distance for a student to travel, arrangements can be made to complete tests at a proctored testing site convenient to the student's location. Attendance may be taken during virtual class sessions or may not be required at all. Specific requirements by class can be found on the Online & Blended Class Requirements page, provided in the syllabus on Blackboard, or by contacting the instructor.
When you log onto myCLC and Blackboard using your unique username and password, you are verifying your identify. Your username and password should never be shared with others to protect your security. No third party should be involved in completing your online coursework. Acts of identity misrepresentation and academic dishonesty as defined by the instructor may be in violation of CLC’s Students Rights and Responsibilities.
If you have questions about an online course in which you are enrolled, or want to contact your instructor for any reason, you have several options. Each instructor's office location, phone number, and e-mail address can be found in the online directory. Instructors also usually post their contact information in your course site on Blackboard. It is also possible to contact your instructor via the e-mail tool inside Blackboard.
Before the first day of class, you may receive a welcome message from your instructor via e-mail that contains information about the course, the instructor, and information about logging in and starting the class. To find out what day your online class starts, check the class schedule or myStudentCenter. You should log into Blackboard on the first day of class to get started. If you have questions about when the course begins, contact the instructor.
First, double-check to make sure that you are enrolled in the class by checking myStudentCenter. If you are enrolled, then the reason you may not be able to access the course in Blackboard is because the class hasn’t started yet. Online classes become available on the first day of class. Check to see what day your class starts. CLC offers late-starting classes, so it’s possible the class starts later in the term. If you are enrolled in a class that has started but cannot access the course site in Blackboard, contact your instructor.
In an online class, students engage in the coursework online through CLC’s learning management system Blackboard – offering more flexibility in when work is completed. In a blended class, which is also sometimes referred to as a hybrid class, some of the instruction occurs on-campus during scheduled days/times and some instruction occurs online via Blackboard.
The College currently supports online students with tutoring through the Math Center and Writing Center. Please contact these centers for more information.
If you are having trouble connecting to the Internet, you should contact your Home Internet Service Provider. Once you are on the Internet, if you encounter technical issues, such as difficulty logging into myCLC or Blackboard, you can contact the CLC Help Desk for assistance. It is also very important to notify your instructor that you are experiencing technical problems.
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