Interested in experiencing an eLearning class? Thinking about taking an online course but aren’t sure what’s involved? Then test drive our eLearning 101 class!
You’ll learn how to navigate through Bristol Community College’s eLearning system, download course files, post to the discussion board and gain answers to frequently asked questions.
To access eLearning 101:
- Log into the Blackboard Learn eLearning system using your accessBCC username and password
- Click on the eResources tab at the top of the page
- Follow the link to eLearning 101
Note that once you self-enroll, the course will appear under My Organizations on your homepage. View this video to learn more about eLearning 101 and how to receive a certificate of achievement for completing the course.
Is eLearning for me?
eLearning isn’t for everyone. Some students love 100% online learning, some prefer hybrid, and some learn better in the face-to-face classroom. Students who register for distance learning classes without fully understanding the expectations often end up dropping or doing poorly in the classes because they feel overwhelmed. They think classes will be “easier” and won’t require as much of a time commitment. While the content of an online class will be similar to what you would experience in a traditional face-to-face setting, learning online does present a different set of challenges.
Q: How much time will taking an online class take?
A: If you were taking a 3 credit 16 week class you would expect to spend approximately 9 hours a week on reading, homework and assignments in the online environment. A 3 credit course meets for 45 hours for lecture (if you were meeting physically in the classroom) and the we usually double that time for that time for homework, etc... This means you have a total of 135 hours that you should be spending per course over the entire semester.
So, if you are taking a class during a shorter term, like summer, you should plan for:
- In an 11 week course, plan to spend about 12 hours per week on the class.
- If you want to take a 6 week course you should block out almost 23 hours per week!
Before you register for an online class be sure to review important information for distance learning students. You'll find more information on the time expectations and tips for success online. This article from eLearn magazine also provides great suggestions for online learners.
These short voice-over PowerPoint videos provide an overview of eLearning at Bristol. To view the transcripts for each slide click on the tab on the right-hand side of the slide that says "Notes."
- Getting Started with eLearning: Face-to-face, hybrid or fully online what are the differences? How does learning happen online?
- Skills and Technical Needs: Is online learning for me? What should I expect? How much time will it take? What kind of technical skills will I need?
Not sure if online learning is for you? Take our short self-assessment.