Online Course FAQ
A: Online courses allow you to learn in the convenience of your home or office and your course work on a more flexible schedule than a traditional seated course.
A: Online courses require at least as much effort and time as traditional courses, if not more. Since students work primarily on their own without face-to-face contact with instructors, they may not always have regular classroom reminders and clarifications available to students in traditional courses.
A: We now offer 5 Programs* online. Those are:
*Developmental courses are not available online.
The best way to view a "real time" list of courses offered online during any semester, is to go to WebAdvisor, click the Students menu, and then on the right side, under the "Registration" menu, select Search for Sections. In the search fields, select the Term, then go to the bottom of the form. Under "Location" select "Internet-Based Course", then you can choose the Academic Level, Curriculum or Continuing Education and Submit. The resulting list will show you all online courses AND the seat availability, and whether the course is Closed or Open.
View the tutorial Search WebAdvisor for a few screenshots of this process.
A: Information regarding the specific requirements for each online course being offered in the upcoming semester can be found in the Course Requirements Outlines located at: http://www.blueridge.edu/cros
A: The workload in an online course is typically more than what it would be in a seated section of the same course due to the fact that your workload includes all the work that would normally be done during class time.
A: Online courses are demanding. They are not self-paced or self-study and should not be viewed as easier than seated courses. They are actively led by an instructor, and there are deadlines. You will be expected to read your textbook and other materials, read faculty lectures online, submit your answers to questions, complete other exercises or assignments, and participate in online discussions.
A: There is an orientation for Moodle, which is the delivery system for all of the College's online courses. Once you have access to Moodle, you will see instructions for completing the online orientation on the Moodle home page. Also, before each semester begins, we offer several face to face orientations for new Moodle users. You may find those dates on the Moodle login page (see Main Menu for semester Online Information).
A: Each online course is equivalent to the seated section of the same course in terms of credit, hours, objectives, transferability, and approval for tuition assistance.
A: To find out if a specific online course is transferable, please locate the Course Requirements Outline (CRO) for that course at: http://www.blueridge.edu/cros
A: Registration and payment for online courses are handled in the same manner as traditional course registration and payment. NOTE: BRCC charges no fees solely associated with Distance Learning courses or student verification.
A successful online student has the following characteristics:
A: Basic knowledge of the Internet, Web browsers, and search engines is necessary. The ability to download and install software may be required. Word processing skills are also necessary, including creating, saving, attaching and managing files and copying and pasting text from one software application to another. Familiarity with the procedures for sending and receiving e-mail with attachments is essential.
A: Information on logging into Moodle can be found at the Distance Learners page of the BRCC Web site. Click the Moodle icon or navigate to http://blueridge.mrooms.net/
A: To find out if a specific online course requires you to come to campus, please locate the Course Requirements Outline (CRO) for that course at: http://www.blueridge.edu/cros
A: Students who have a documented disability or who suspect that they may have a disability/learning problem can contact the Disability Services Office in Sink, Room 127 or call 694-1813/1812 to request accommodations.
A: College policies for online courses are the same as for seated courses. These include dropping, adding, or changing a course, academic calendar, withdrawal dates, and refunds. For more on College policies, see the College Catalog.
A: BRCC has an official Attendance Policy that is printed in both the Catalog and the Student Success Guide. This policy can be summarized as follows:
A: Placement testing policies are the same for online and seated courses. The College offers placement testing on-campus and can arrange for online placement testing as needed. The Admissions office can assist you with this process. If you take the placement test off-campus, you may have to pay for proctoring (supervision).
A: Tuition is the same per credit hour for online and seated courses. Complete information is available in the Catalog and on our Web page on the Tuition and Fees page.
A: It is best to purchase the required textbooks and materials before your class begins. Visit the College Bookstore webpage for information about bookstore hours and locations.
For information about required textbooks and materials view the textbooks section of the Blue Ridge Community College Bookstore website.
A: To find out the specific hardware and software requirements of each online course, please locate the Course Requirements Outline (CRO) for that course at: http://www.blueridge.edu/cros
A: 24/7 Technical support is available by calling the Help Desk Call Center (866) 833-2415, 24/7 assistance for Online Students.
A: Yes! A link to complete a course evaluation will be sent to your College email account toward the end of the semester. Your evaluations are anonymous, please help us better our courses.