The following are important questions to ask a student who is considering taking an online classes:
Do you know how to enroll in online Bluegrass classes?
In order to receive a BCTC credential, 25% of credits must come from BCTC classes. Taking classes with BCTC faculty provides other benefits as well: students gain access to instructors who also serve as academic advisors and help place students in internships. Books for BCTC online classes are available for purchase in the Cooper Campus BCTC bookstore. Finally, if there are problems with your class, the BCTC Distance Learning Office can work directly with a BCTC instructor.
Locate online, BCTC classes using the BCTC Class Schedule Search feature. Set the "Format" field to "Online".
Have you completed the digital literacy requirement and/or FYE 105, Introduction to College?
Do you have dedicated access to a computer with a high speed Internet connection running updated Web browsers and word processing software?
Any KCTCS college campus and most public libraries provide students with the computers and software needed to succeed in online classes. Most students find they want access to this material at home, but be sure your home computer is ready for the task.
Have you reviewed the Student Support tab in Blackboard?
Can you work independently?
Online students do not have a teacher over their shoulders reminding them to turn in assignments and keep up with projects. You must be self-motivated to succeed in an online class.
Plan to take your classes with Bluegrass
BCTC students may enroll in classes through Learn by Term and Learn on Demand but students often benefit from enrolling in classes with their home college. Doing so provides students with access to instructors who also serve as academic advisors and who can assist students with program information, transfer questions and job placement.