What is eLearning?
eLearning is a learning management system that provides online course spaces where faculty members can post resources for traditional face-to-face courses or teach partially or completely online. Students who are taking BCC distance learning classes need to access eLearning in order to connect to their online courses.
How do I access my distance learning class?
- You can access your courses by logging onto accessBCC and then clicking on the tab at the top of the screen that says eLearning. Then click on the link to access your courses – you’ll be presented with a list of the courses you are enrolled in. When you click on the name of one of your courses a separate window will open which will allow you to access your course materials. View our technical help page if you have difficulty logging into accessBCC or have other technical questions.
- You will not be able to access your courses until the first day of the semester. If you select one of your courses prior to that time you will be presented with a message that “this course is not available yet.”
- If nothing happens when you click on one of your courses you may have pop-ups blocked. Pop-ups must be enabled for eLearning to work properly. Learn how to disable pop-up blocking.
- In order to successfully participate in and complete a distance learning course you will need to have access to a computer which is connected to the internet. It doesn’t matter whether you have a PC or a Mac – eLearning is compatible with both platforms.
- If you do not have your own computer you can use the designated computer labs at the Attleboro, Fall River or New Bedford BCC campuses or your local library.
- Because specific computer and browser configuration settings are necessary for the eLearning system a conversation with your employer prior to the start of classes is encouraged if you plan on using a computer at work.
- The college highly recommends the use of the Firefox web browser instead of Internet Explorer.
- If you have Microsoft Office 2007 please be sure to save your files in a format that is backwards compatible with Office 2003 and/or in RTF format.
Where do I go if I have questions or need help?
- If you’ve never taken an online class before it is highly recommended that you complete the eLearning 101 tutorial. This is a free sample course site where you can learn how to download course files, post to the discussion board and gain answers to frequently asked questions.
- You can also attend an eLearning orientation session to gain some hands-on help.
Do I need to come to campus for my distance learning class?
- Web courses do not physically meet on campus at any time during the semester so you do not need to come to campus for any “class meetings.” All course work is completed 100% online.
- If you have registered for a hybrid course it is important that you attend the first class meeting on the day and time specified in the schedule!
- If you registered for a student option enrollment class it is highly recommended that you come to the first face-to-face meeting but if you have opted to take the class fully online then please make sure that you contact your instructor to let him/her know.
I just registered for a distance learning class – now what?
- You should receive a post card approximately three weeks before the start of the term as a reminder that you registered for an online class.
- About a week prior to the start of the semester you will receive an email from the college containing important information about taking distance learning classes. Many instructors will also communicate with students using accessBCC so it is critical that you regularly check your accessBCC email account!
- If you've never taken an eLearning class it is highly recommended that you make plans to attend one of our eLearning orientation sessions.
- Make sure your computer is properly configured by visiting our technical help section or by trying our our eLearning 101 tutorial.
- Log onto the system on the first day of classes! It is important that you log onto accessBCC the first day of classes to access the course site. You should carefully review the syllabus so you understand the course expectations. Attendance policies do apply in the online classroom and instructors can mark you absent if they do not hear from you on a regular basis and can also administratively withdraw you from a class. So, be sure to log on and begin participating the first day of classes!
Success in the Online Classroom
While the content of an online class will be similar to what you would experience in a traditional face-to-face setting, learning online does present a different set of challenges. The tips below will help you make the most of your online learning experience.
- Although most online classes do not have specific days or times when you meet as a class, all have deadlines and due dates. It is important that you log on to eLearning on the first day of the term and carefully review the syllabus so you understand the course expectations.
- Be sure to have your course books and other required materials by the first day of class. Remember that you can order your books online through the BCC Bookstore. If you need help with ordering books, you can view the a step by step tutorial here to assist you.
- Attendance policies do apply in the online classroom. Be sure to read and understand each instructor’s attendance policy. Instructors can mark you absent if they do not hear from you on a regular basis and can also administratively withdraw you from a class. If you cannot “attend” class be sure to communicate that to your instructor!
- Do not just stop attending class! Make sure that you formally drop the class by completing a course withdrawal form. Visit the Enrollment Center's FAQ page for more information on withdrawing from a class.
- Remember that students taking classes, certificate or degree programs online have access to the same student support services as those students taking traditional face-to-face classes. Some of these services are available electronically, others you will need to call in order to obtain additional information or to request services.
- If you are having difficulty with the content of the class or cannot locate something on the course site be sure to contact your instructor!