Online Learning at YCCC
York County Community College offers courses, programs and support services in variety of formats and schedules to meet the different needs of students. Our online and hybrid courses and programs are offered during the traditional 15 week semester, during accelerated terms and in a Weekend College schedule.
What is an online course like? Online courses at YCCC are classes that are offered over the internet, which means that you can complete your weekly assignments at the time and place that is most convenient for you! Standard classroom books and printed materials are typically used in combination with online lectures, weekly learning activities, and interactive class discussions.
Just as every classroom differs slightly, so does the distance learning experience. Some courses have formal lectures that are entirely text-based, while other lectures may contain a combination of text, graphics, sound and video. Many instructors divide course content into highly interactive units that consist of group discussions and other types of learning activities. In all classes, you will communicate with your instructor and fellow students through electronic discussion board postings and e-mail.
In order to take an online course, you will need basic computer skills such as word processing, sending and receiving e-mail, and attaching and downloading files. Because online courses are conducted entirely over the World Wide Web, you will also need reliable access to the internet. Plan to spend as much time studying and preparing for an online course as you would an on campus course. The content and rigor of online courses requires students to be self-motivated and disciplined; successful online students also possess excellent time management skills. To find out if online learning is right for you, take the student readiness survey! Take a readiness assessment to learn if you are ready for an online course
What is Blackboard? Blackboard is software that instructors use to create a virtual classroom. Students registered for online courses can log-in to their course at any time of the day to access class materials, discussion board postings, and other interactive tools such as mail and calendar postings.
How long is the semester? Online courses have the same start and end dates as classes offered on-campus. Your online course will follow YCCC’s official academic calendar.
When does the class meet? Online courses are conducted “asynchronously.” This means that you can access your course at your convenience and at any time of the day. Most instructors establish a participation schedule at the start of the course, but it is recommended that you log-in to your course at least four to five times a week. Instructors generally post participation guidelines in the course syllabus, on the discussion board, or as a document in a Getting Started section.
Will I need a textbook? Textbooks are required for all online courses. You may purchase your books through the YCCC Bookstore, and they will ship them directly to you!
How do I register for an online course? Registration for online courses is the same as for any other course at YCCC. Students may register in person, by mail, by phone or fax. Please call enrollment services at (207) 216-4404 or (207) 216-4402 or click here to learn more about how to register or apply.
How do I turn in assignments? Depending on the class, assignments will be submitted via email, discussion board postings, and/or a digital drop box. Each instructor will post directions for submitting assignments either in the syllabus, on the discussion board, or as a document in the Getting Started section of the course. When in doubt, contact the instructor or post a question to the appropriate section of the course discussion board.
When are assignments due? While all online courses follow different schedules, you should expect to complete several informal activities and assignments on a weekly basis. Formal assignments vary with each instructor and may be due on a monthly basis. Consult your course syllabus and/or course calendar to find information about specific due dates.
How will I take tests? If an instructor requires quizzes and exams as a part of the course, you will be able to access them through the quiz or assessment section of the course. Carefully read all directions, due dates and time limits for the test that you are taking. Quizzes and exams that have time limits and/or cutoff dates will become unavailable to you once the time or date has passed. Students with accommodation plans should contact their instructor prior to opening the test.
Is there an orientation I can attend? An on-campus orientation for new online students is held at the beginning of each semester. This orientation will introduce you to an online course and help you to get familiar with some of the tools that you will be using. Orientation dates and times are posted on the YCCC homepage, on the Online Education page, and on posted fliers at the YCCC campus. You may also contact Stefanie Forster at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the date and time of the next orientation.
What is a hybrid course? A hybrid course is a combination of classroom instruction and online learning. Hybrid classes typically meet on campus once a week for approximately an hour and a half with additional activities assigned in an online classroom.