Online classes are similar to traditional face-to-face classes in that there is a real instructor and fellow students.¬† There are grades, assignments, textbooks, lectures, readings, quizzes and tests along with due dates.¬† The main difference is that instead of meeting in a classroom, students “access” their class via a web site.¬† Distance Education classes are NOT independent study.¬† There is a weekly schedule, so the student needs to access the class a few times during the week to participate.¬† This may include discussions, see announcements and view changes.¬†¬†Many online courses will require the student to come to the campus for tests (check Titans Direct for on campus requirements).¬† Communication for online classes is through email, discussions and chats. Additional information (if provided by professor) is available under the semester offerings link.¬† Be sure to check out our 411 overview and orientation for Distance Education at CCM.
- ONLINE (ONL): A course where all instruction traditionally provided in class is replaced with instruction online. However, an online course may require an in-person student orientation and/or proctored test/assignments.
- HYBRID (HYB): Instruction is provided both in-class and online (in any combination). ¬† Face to face meeting may include lectures, group work, presentations etc.¬† Students in hybrid courses should log into Blackboard on the first day of the semester and not wait until the¬†first on campus meeting.
- VIRTUAL CAMPUS (VIR): Fully online courses, certificates, or programs designed to provide students quality distance education consistent with the Virtual Campus’ mission statement.¬† There is no on campus requirement.¬† Read further about Virtual Campus opportunities at CCM.
REGISTERING FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES
Just prior to the start of the semester/session an¬†email to your @student.ccm.edu account¬† is sent to registered Distance Education students. All students (including visiting) have a CCM email account. ¬† It will contain important information about logging onto Blackboard and general¬† information.¬† Remember, courses are not available for login until the first day of the term.
Be sure to check out the Student Guide to Distance Learning for all pertinent information regarding distance education at CCM.¬† Some instructors have mandatory orientation.¬† To check for mandatory orientations, please be sure to view Titan Direct or the current semester offerings list. Check the Specific Course Information as well as the link under the course title (if provided).¬†¬† Check out the orientation modules at ¬†THE 411 ‚Äď LEARNING at CCM
Still have questions?¬† Just contact distance education at 973-328-5332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Textbooks for distance education classes may come with special on line components.¬† Be sure that when you purchase your books from the bookstore, you request the book that corresponds to your¬† section.¬† Some books come with special access codes.¬† You will need to enter a secondary site to complete your course work.¬† You may purchase books in person at the CCM bookstore or online at https://bookstore.ccm.edu
Bb Student Mobile App is available in IOS, Android and the windows app stores for free.¬† Please note the app may not mirror the full-version of Blackboard that you access via your desktop/laptop.
View Blackboard help for assistance with most commonly used tools in Blackboard
TAKING A TEST
Tests and quizzes come in different formats.¬† Most are in the same form as a traditional face to face class. This includes multiple choice, fill-in, and essay.¬† Some tests are given online, within the content of the online class itself.¬† At CCM, many quizzes and tests are given on campus and a photo ID is required.¬† Please visit the¬† TESTING CENTER¬† online to set up an appointment, should you be instructed to have your test proctored on campus.¬† Remember, you will have to log in to your class with your password, therefore be sure to bring your password with you.¬† Often tests are timed and there are strict dates when the test is available. View Blackboard Testing Tips.¬† Additional information can also be found on the Blackboard website.
Online Tutoring: Smarthinking
Free supplemental 24/7 on demand tutoring support and resources across a wide range of subjects.¬† Online tutoring is an added¬† support service to assist all CCM students, especially those who may only be taking distance education courses.¬† ¬†Furthermore, online tutoring addresses the needs of students during the evenings, weekends, holidays, winter and summer terms, when the Center may not be open or operating with limited hours and available in-person tutors.