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Prospective Distant Learners

Ready to try distance education? If so, you are in good company.

According to a 2017 Distance Education Enrollment Report by Digital Learning Compass, almost 30% of all students in higher education are taking at least one distance course. Almost half of those students are taking exclusively distance courses, with the rest taking both distance and non-distance courses. The majority of distance students are at the undergraduate level.

Percentage of Students Taking Distance Courses 2012-2015

Before you jump in to distance learning, make sure online courses are right for you:

Prospective Student (Source: CTC)

CTC provides flexible options for Distance Learning. Here are some things to think about:



All CTC courses have start and end dates. The lengths of the courses vary between 8 and 16 weeks, with shorter classes at some locations and during the summer and holidays. The content of a course is the same regardless of its length. See our Online Course Schedule.



CTC offers flexible scheduling options to meet your needs. Some online courses are scheduled as self-paced. Choose a self-paced course if you can set up and adhere to a schedule for completing your coursework. Your instructor may provide suggested deadlines to assist you, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up with your work and demonstrate consistent progress throughout the course. You may be withdrawn for failure to do so.



See WebAdvisor for details about the courses you choose. If you are GoArmyEd, explore the GoArmyEd portal.

Be sure that you know


  • The length of the course (you may need to count the time from the start to the end date).
  • The delivery mode, i.e., online, blended, or MultiMedia (MM).
  • Whether the online course is self-paced or not self-paced
  • How to interpret WebAdvisor/GoArmyEd codes:
    • Online not self-paced
      • WebAdvisor says "Distance Learning, 100% Online - No face to face; Internet; Online Lecture"
      • GoArmyEd instruction mode says "DL - Online"
    • Online self-paced
      • WebAdvisor says "Distance Learning, 100% Online - No face to face; Internet; Online S-Paced Lec"
      • GoArmyEd instruction mode says "DL - Self Paced"
    • Offline (MM)
      • WebAdvisor says "MultiMedia Lecture"
      • GoArmyEd instruction mode says "DL - Multimedia/Blended"


Before Class



During class


  • Initiate contact with your instructor during the first week of class.
  • Maintain communication with your instructor.
  • Arrange for a test proctor if proctored exams are required.
  • Participate in class frequently.
  • Submit assignments in accordance with the assigned or proposed schedule.
  • Complete all course work on or before the last day of class.

Tour a sample CTC Blackboard course


  • Go to http://ctc.blackboard.com
  • Log in
    • Username: bbuser
    • Password: bbuser
  • Under My Courses, select Student_Sample_Course_2018
  • Navigate through the course and try out Blackboard features: view lessons, post to a discussion board, take an exam, etc.

Blackboard logo (Source: Blackboard)

More Information

For information about admissions, course registration, financial aid, and other general topics not specific to Distance Education, please refer to the CTC website, or email EaglesOnCall@ctcd.edu.