Online Courses

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, CTC’s state regulatory agency, defines online courses 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.

That means...

  • NO Driving to class
  • NO Searching for a parking space
  • NO Scheduling proctored exams
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CTC uses the Blackboard Learning Management System (http://ctc.blackboard.com) for its online courses. Once you obtain Blackboard access (72 hours before your course starts), you are ready to learn at any time of the day or night. You have access to student and support services and 24/7/365 Blackboard technical support (866-350-4729).

Students can enroll in any of these free resources inside Blackboard:

  • Student Center
  • English Tutoring Center
  • Math Tutoring Center
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CTC online classes are typically scheduled as online lecture (OLL) or online self-paced lecture (OSL). Note that not all CTC online courses are self-paced; you will have due dates in OLL courses. Some financial aid restrictions may require students to take at least four weeks to complete the coursework.


Online Lecture (OLL)

Online Self-Paced Lecture (OSL)

fixed start and end dates

fixed start and end dates

certain activities must be completed during the first week class to demonstrate participation

certain activities must be completed during the first week class to demonstrate participation

all coursework must be completed by the last day of class

all coursework must be completed by the last day of class

Syllabus outlines course requirements and policies

Syllabus outlines course requirements and policies

Syllabus lists specific deadlines for submitting assignments and assessments

Syllabus MAY list some deadlines or provide recommended deadlines to promote completion

 

Students must initiate contact with their instructors during the first week of class, even if they can't start class until later

 

The majority of the coursework must be completed by the last day to withdraw