So You Want to Enroll in an Online or Hybrid Course
Before you do, make sure you read each question and answer below.
What is an online course?
An online course is a course that is conducted over the Internet. The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District uses a web-based program called Blackboard to deliver its online courses. Blackboard provides tools that allow students to communicate, collaborate, and complete coursework – all within a secure environment.
How do online courses work?
Class sessions, course materials, exercises, and even field trips are accessible any time and any day convenient to you. All of your coursework, including discussions, groupwork, and writing assignments, is done electronically. You simply log into your course through a web browser, and you're in class. Most of these classes are not self-paced, so you’ll be required to adhere to due dates for assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.
How do I know if I’m ready to take one?
Here are qualities that successful online students possess:
- Independent learner
- Good time-management skills
- Daily access to a computer with an Internet connection
- Comfortable using a web browser and uploading/downloading files to/from the Internet
- Comfortable sending and opening attachments
- Comfortable using word-processing programs
If you don’t possess these qualities (i.e. you’re a procrastinator with low computer skills), you might want to take an on-campus course instead. If you are unsure about your qualities, contact a counselor.
How can I prepare for my first online course?
You can complete a tutorial called Succeeding in an Online Course, a Self-Evaluation for Potential Online Students, or an Online Learning Orientation. If you feel more comfortable attending an orientation in person, come to an on-campus orientation.
Will I have a college email address?
Yes. Your college email, or Zonemail, address will be the default used in Blackboard. However, you can set up automatic forwarding in Zonemail to your private account, or you can change your default address for Blackboard in CLASS-Web.
Aren’t online courses easier than on-campus courses?
No. Although they cover the same content, they require at least as much time as on-campus courses. Typically, successful students report spending more time, not less, in an online course.
If I begin the course late, can an instructor drop me?
Yes. The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. The first meeting of online or hybrid Distance Education courses is the first day of the class as specified in the class schedule listing. For these courses, instructors may drop students who do not log into their Blackboard course and/or complete indicated activities by the third day of classes.
What is a hybrid course?
A hybrid course is a combination of an on-campus and an online course. If you prefer to learn in a traditional classroom setting but also want the flexibility offered by online courses, you might want to enroll in a hybrid course. You’ll come to campus for some of the class meetings, and you’ll go online for the others.
What would I be doing in the online portion of a hybrid course?
Some of the online activities that your instructor can require are group work, class discussions, research on the Internet, quizzes, and exams.
How can I succeed in a hybrid?
To succeed in a hybrid course, you will need to take responsibility for your own learning. This includes developing time management skills for online learning and being comfortable with technology, particularly the Internet. Much of the information on the previous pages about online courses apply to hybrids.
Chabot Online Learning Home Page
LPC Online Learning Home Page