What is a Distant Learner?
You are a distant learner if you register for a distance learning course (online course). You can also take face-to-face, blended, and online courses at the same time. CTC's accessible education is flexible and convenient, to fit your busy schedule.
Some of the procedures and information are different for a distant learner than for a student taking face-to-face courses, so please see our Student Resources page. An essential item found there is the CTC Distant Learner Handbook. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with all of these resources. A free guide called "Learning to Learn Online" is available at https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/learning-to-learn-online.
The Distance Learning Experience
CTC is committed to ensuring that your distance learning classes meet or exceed the learning environment found in face-to-face classes. Qualified and experienced instructors have a variety of tools at their disposal to maximize your engagement with the course material. Courses are designed to promote interaction with your instructor and fellow students.
Your success in any class is up to you and the amount of effort you put forth. For the distant learner, time management and self-discipline are essential. You have to make time to log into your course, study the materials, and complete the coursework. At the Prospective Distant Learners page, we provide some self-quizzes to help you decide if distance learning is right for you.
Online help for coursework is available in the form of Writing Labs and Math Tutoring inside Blackboard (see the Tutoring box in the My Institutions tab). Students in the Killeen/Fort Hood, TX area may also come to Central Campus to use the Academic Studio (tutoring) and the Advanced Math Lab. U.S. military students and their families may be eligible for free online tutoring through Tutor.com (http://military.tutor.com/home).
You also have access to the CTC library, disability support services, financial aid office, bookstore, academic advisors (Eaglesoncall@ctcd.edu), and all other student support services. For details, refer to the CTC website at http://www.ctcd.edu/students/current-ctc-students/ or http://www.ctcd.edu/students/prospective-students/.