Hybrid courses, also known as blended courses, combine distance learning with traditional classroom instruction. At BCTC, most hybrid classes meet only once per week and, as a result, students spend one-half less time in the classroom than in traditional classes. The missing class time is made up by completing assignments using a computer.
What to Expect
Students who enroll in hybrid classes should expect to complete numerous assignments online. Most instructors use Blackboard, a course management system that permits instructors and students to share files, participate in online discussions, and much more.
Who Should Take Hybrid Classes?
Students who are contemplating fully online classes may wish to begin with hybrid classes, but hybrid classes are not for everyone. Before enrolling in hybrid courses, we recommend that students talk first with their academic advisor about:
- Time Management. Because of the limited class meetings, students who enroll in hybrid classes should be self-motivated and be able to work in dependently. Good time management skills are critical. Because these classes meet only once per week, students need to be disciplined while managing assignments and deadlines. Students should take care when enrolling in hybrid classes that they allow themselves time to complete their online assignments.
- Scheduling Classes. It is recommended that students allow for two hours outside of class for every hour spent in the classroom. That rules applies doubly for hybrid courses. Students should set aside at least 3-4 hours to prepare for their hybrid classes. Students should also consult the final exam schedule when selecting their schedule.
- Digital Literacy. Hybrid students should be comfortable using computer technology. We recommend that students have satisfied the KCTCS digital literacy requirement prior to enrolling in hybrid classes or enroll in a digital literacy class as their first hybrid class.
Hybrid Schedule of Classes
The BCTC Schedule of Classes provides a list of hybrid offerings.
Learn by Term & Learn on Demand
BCTC Students may enroll in online classes offered by any of the 16 colleges that comprise the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. *IMPORTANT* 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 form. Set the "Format" field to "online".
KCTCS Learn By Term
With KCTCS Learn by Term (LbT), BCTC students may enroll in online classes offered by any of the 16 community colleges in KCTCS. Students pay tuition to their home college (Bluegrass). Locate Learn by Term classes using the Class Search feature in Student Self-Service. Leave the "College" field blank. Set the "Search for Online Classes" field to "Online with Possible Proctored Exams."
KCTCS Learn on Demand
KCTCS Learn on Demand (LoD) courses are offered in a self-paced format allowing students to complete work at their own pace. Some important aspects of LoD:
- LoD courses should be added no later than the 7th day of the term in order for students to use financial aid.
- LoD courses begin on the first Monday of the semester with new course courses starting every week through up until 6 weeks remaining in the semester.
- Like other online classes, LoD courses must be completed by the end of the regular semester term in order to keep with Financial Aid regulations.
Locate Learn on Demand classes using the Class Search feature in Student Self-Service. Leave the "College" field blank. Set the "Search for Online Classes" field to "Online Learn on Demand/Self Select Start Date."
Help and Assistance
Distance Learning Office