Frederick Community College's online and hybrid classes are not "take at your own pace" sort of classes. They are semester-long classes where most assignments, quizzes and essays are due at the end of each week. FCC uses BlackBoard, an academic online program that lets students communicate with each other and the instructor, post discussions and responses, work on/turn in assignments over the Internet, and view grades.
Discussion boards take the place of attendance and participation in a real classroom setting. There are a range of topics from discussing certain problem areas to actual assignments and debates. Online debates the the best because people don't have to speak or be seen. They can say their opinion and back it up with facts right then and there with a Web site.
Class difficulty varies. Instructors will update the class through BlackBoard and usually are very responsive to emails or questions on discussion boards. There is usually a thread for questions.
The college has hybrid classes that are half online, half on campus. Students may do a lecture online and a lab in a classroom, or meet certain times of the week while having assignments due online. Students for both online and hybrid classes must be able to either receive FCC TV online or pay for a set of DVDs.