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About Online Classes
Which classes can I take online?
All courses will automatically have an online component. The extent to which the course utilizes the online environment is up to the instructor of the course.

If you're interested in taking "online classes" with 50 to 100 percent of the material online, check the class schedule. You can select "Online" in the search features to view which of OCC's courses are taught online.
 
How are Online Classes offered and What is Blackboard Learn?
Most OCC online classes are offered in a special online classroom called Blackboard Learn. This online environment has different sections for lectures, assignments, quizzes, online discussions, E-mail, and other important class components.  Blackboard Learn is easy to navigate and will help you keep track of your online activities and assignments. You will go through a simple online tutorial to learn how to function in the online classroom.
 
How Often Will I Go To My Online Class?
You will set your own schedule for your online studies. Your instructor will give you the deadlines and a suggested pace to make you successful, but it will be up to you to decide when and how often to go online. Most good online students check in every day or two to see if there are new messages or discussion items.
 
How Much Time Does an Online Class Take?
The time needed to complete an online class varies by course, instructor, and the number of units you are taking. Online classes are designed to take the same amount of total time as their on campus counterparts. This means that your reading and homework assignments plus the time you spend reviewing online lectures and completing other online activities will be the same as the total time you would spend if you took the class on campus. The only time you save is your commuting time!
 
What Kind of Computer Will I Need?
You can use any PC computer or Macintosh computer with reliable access to the Internet and any of the browsers supported by Blackboard Learn. To make sure your computer is up to speed, and to check your browser and download any necessary software plugins, please visit the "Preparing for Your Online Class" page from the menu at the left.
 
Will I still need a textbook?
Yes, you'll use a textbook just as you would for an on campus class. Check the Orange Coast Bookstore on campus, or here on the OCC Website (under Student Services) for more information on the book you'll need. Some of the courses also use what is known as a "Access Code." If your course has an access code, you will need to buy it with the book or purchase it online. Your instructor will inform you if you need to purchase an access code and provide you with instructions. You will be asked for the access code when you enter the course for the first time.

Our learning management system allows instructors to track your progress and attendance in online courses offered at Orange Coast College.  You will be responsible for regular assignments, testing, and projects in each course.  Each course will offer a detailed syllabus to describe what is expected of you and how often.

 Don't Lose Your Place in Class!

Online students: Check in with your instructor via email between Monday and Wednesday of the first week of class. If you do not email your instructor between Monday and Wednesday of the first week, you could lose your space in the class or miss important class work. In order to email your instructor, log into Blackboard and access your course via the courses tab. You will see a link for email or tools on the student menu.

When Can I start my Class?
Students are not allowed into their classroom until the first day of the class at 8:00 a.m. While you wait for the class to open, make sure that you are prepared for the class by taking the Blackboard Student Tutorial.

Take The Blackboard Student Tutorial

You must officially register before you can be added to an online class. Do not submit a technical request to be added into your class, as you will be added in automatically upon your registration.  After you officially register, remember to email your online instructor by Wednesday of the first week of your class for instructions to begin. (You can find his or her email address by searching the Directorypages of this website.) If you do not email your instructor by Wednesday of the first week, you might not be eligible to continue in the course. ​

Is online learning right for me?
Here are a couple of things that help students become successful online:
 
  • Access to Equipment and Internet
    Once you've identified the appropriate equipment, do you have ready access to it?  Is the Internet connection reliable?  Is it in a quiet place where you can study?
  • Computer Knowledge          
    Are you comfortable on the computer? Do you know how to use simple word-processing and save files? Have you spent time on the Internet? Are your keyboarding skills pretty good?  If you answer "no" to any of these questions, you'll have to struggle to survive in an online class. Both online and hybrid online courses require that you know how to:
    • Use email
    • Use word-processing programs
    • Save documents
    • Navigate and search the Internet
    • Install new software applications
Please take the 'Are Online Classes for Me Questionnaire' to ensure that online learning is right for you.
  • Tips for Online Student Success
    Are you good at scheduling your time and sticking to the schedule? Do you usually make deadlines? Are your college classes a priority in your life? Click the title above to access the tips.
  • Support from Family and Friends
    Do people realize that you are taking a serious college class and you will need time to take your class even though you're not going to campus?