Distance Education @ Chaffey
About Online Classes
- How do online classes work?
- Can I get my degree completely online?
- What is a hybrid course?
- Do I have to come to campus for an online course?
- Do I have to access the course during specific times?
- Do I need to be online a specific number of hours?
- Is any special computer software required for online classes?
- What is Blackboard?
- Do I need books for online classes?
- What is an access key/code? Where do I get one, and when do I use it?
- How will I communicate with the instructor during the course?
- Do I need an e-mail account?
- Where can I get information regarding Microsoft Office or other software at a discount price?
About Online Classes
How do online classes work?
You must have a computer with Internet access, and an e-mail address in order to participate in online courses. Instead of attending the class on campus, you will access it at your convenience on the Internet. Your instructor posts the syllabus, assignments, quizzes, etc., online. You will interact with your instructor and classmates via e-mail, discussion forums, and chat rooms. Your instructor will post the deadlines for assignments and tests. It is very important to keep up with your coursework and not get behind. Courses can be accessed using the Course Access link on the Distance Education homepage: www.chaffey.edu/onlineed.
What is a hybrid course?
A hybrid is a course that meets both online and on campus. You do need to attend the first class meeting on campus to avoid being dropped from the course. Please check the schedule of classes for the on-campus meeting days, times, and location.
Do I have to come to campus for an online course?
Online classes meet fully online. The only exception is the Math courses, which require that the students come to the Rancho Cucamonga Campus Math Lab for testing several times throughout the semester.
Do I have to access the course during specific times?
Students may access their online courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can read, write and participate in chat room discussions in your robe and slippers! While courses are available 24/7, your instructor may have due dates and times that you will need to be aware of. Be sure to read your course syllabus to obtain this information.
Do I need to be online a specific number of hours?
As online classes are available to students 24/7, there are no set times when a student must access the course. However, students should be aware that instructors do have due dates and times. Students are responsible for reading the course syllabus and materials to make sure that they can meet the due dates and times.
Is any special computer software required for online classes?
No, no special software is required. You will need access to the Internet though. There are minimum requirements as far as operating system and browsers are concerned. Refer to the hardware requirements for the minimum requirements for taking an online class.
What is Blackboard?
Blackboard is a course management system. It does not require that the student purchase any special software or equipment to access it, you only need to have access to the Internet.
Do I need books for online classes?
Online courses do need books as well as other required materials. Some online courses also require that you purchase an access key. You can purchase books online at http://books.chaffey.edu/.
What is an access key/code? Where do I get one, and when do I use it?
Access codes are publisher generated passwords that allow students to access their Blackboard. Access codes are included with new book purchases and can generally be purchased separately when buying a used book through the Chaffey College bookstore.
In some cases the access codes can be purchased online through Blackboard after logging on and trying to access the course. Students will need a credit card to purchase the code in this manner.
Instructors for courses that require access codes usually recommend that students purchase their books through the bookstore, as books purchased through other online resources do not always include access codes and can cause a detrimental delay in the student's performance in the course.
How will I communicate with the instructor during the course?
Students may communicate several ways with their instructor; by phone, e-mail messages, or participating in an instructor designated chat room. Or if you prefer, make an appointment with him or her and visit on the Chaffey College campus.
Do I need an e-mail account?
If your instructor is using Blackboard, you will need to have an e-mail account to communicate with the instructor. If you do not have an e-mail account there are free e-mail services where you can obtain one at no cost.
Where can I get information about Microsoft Office or other software at a discount price?
If you want information regarding Microsoft Office and other software at a discount price click here (www.JourneyEd.com).