Frequently Asked Questions
- Not a procrastinator
- Ability to stay on task without prompting
- Ability to read and follow written directions
- Works well alone
- Not easily distracted
- Good communicator
- Good computer skills
(For more information about the online orientation go to http://bc3.edu/services/technology/faqs.html and click on Online Orientation.)
All PRAXIS/PAPA non-credit students will access the orientation in their courses on the first day of classes. However, enrollment in an online or hybrid credit course will require the student to complete the ET Online Orientation, also.
An online course primarily 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 course is essentially an online course, but also requires four (4) or more on‐campus sessions. These on‐campus sessions may be used for any combination of lectures, discussions, presentations, labs, on‐campus examinations, and so on. Required on‐campus session dates are listed on the Credit Course Schedule.
An iTV course is a traditional, on‐campus course taught by one instructor but delivered to two separate classrooms simultaneously using video conferencing technology and televisions and/or computers with Internet, video and audio capabilities. iTV courses may require assignments and assessments be completed online outside of the regular class time through the College’s Learning Management System (Blackboard).
Registration for Distance Education courses is the same as traditional courses. Contact the BC3 Registrar at 724.287.8711 ext. 8253 or register online through the MyBC3 Portal. Students pay the regular tuition and fees for all distance education courses.
Online and hybrid courses will be charged an additional fee per credit hour. See Online Courses – Additional Cost Per Credit on the Tuition & Fees page. Some courses may require proctored exams or other methods of identity verification. Additional fees may apply.
Online and hybrid courses are listed on your BC3 academic transcript just like any other courses. There is no online or hybrid designation. 70% of BC3 Students transfer their BC3 credits to a 4-year University.
- Before you take any course, find a transfer friendly program that interests you.
- Speak to your Advisor or to a Transfer Counselor.
- Decide which 4 year institution you want to attend and contact their Transfer Admissions Office.
- Stop by the University Partnership Center in the BC3 Student Success Center to speak to a University representative so you take the classes that do transfer to where you want to attend.
Campus computer labs are available at specific times for all students to complete classwork; however, these labs 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Technical problems with a student’s computer, browser settings, firewall settings, Internet Service, or anything not working, other than BC3 Technology or Blackboard® non-scheduled outages is not a valid reason for missing class work or deadlines. Always have a backup plan in case of technical problems.