The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board defines online courses as follows: A fully distance education course is defined as "A course which may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the instructional time. Examples of face-to-face sessions include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test." The majority of CTC's online courses have no mandatory face-to-face sessions, but they do have posted start and end dates. CTC typically schedules these courses as OLL (online lecture) or OSL (online self-paced lecture).
CTC uses the Blackboard Learning Management System at http://ctc.blackboard.com . Once you obtain Blackboard access (72 hours before your course starts), you are ready to learn at any time of the day or night. All CTC students have access to services as described at the CTC website at http://www.ctcd.edu. Online students can enroll in any of these free resources inside BlackBoard:
To succeed in an online class, you must
Some online courses may be scheduled as self-paced classes (OSL). Like online courses, these have specific start and end dates, but they allow some flexibility with respect to timelines for completing and submitting coursework.
To succeed in a self-paced class, you must:
Blackboard and BioSig-ID:
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