Online Courses

Houston, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$3,751 ($3,355)
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4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: It's a great course setting but I found it more bothersome then what many people did. That's a personal opinion.

5 College Senior

Online Courses: I only took one online course which was for my driver's ed. class. There are computers you can just walk to when ever you are in class to work on. Teachers can be understanding about this. I worked with a teacher over the online course from a different school. The course is easy to go through.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: I love taking online classes. They are incredibly convenient. They are not for everyone as they can be a lot of work, but I have always enjoyed the ones I have taken.

5 College Senior

Online Courses: It makes you feel more independent and responsible for turning in assignments on time. Also it is very convent because you can work from home than coming to class.

College Junior

Online Courses: I have yet to take any online courses at HCC, though I plan to Summer 2015.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 567th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 844th
    Best Online Professor Communication
  • 876th
    Best Tech Support

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Daisy Le
Stafford, Texas
Art Education/Business Finance
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Houston Community College's online course options are endless! Besides regular academic courses, students can enroll in continuing education and real estate classes online. There are workforce programs, such as the banking program, that provide online classes as well.

Technology plays a huge part in the success of an online course, so make sure your computer is up-to-date and has the correct software plug-ins. Students and teachers interact with one another through e-mail, Blackboard Vista, and office appointments on campus where needed. Testing and grading depends on the instructor. Some evenly weight online quizzes, exams, labs, and finals, while others place more emphasis on projects. Online courses have enough assigned work to keep you busy, and some students will become overloaded if they procrastinate. It's best to use self-discipline and stay on top of due dates.

Facts & Statistics

Required Tech Skills
Students must be comfortable using Houston Community College's Blackboard Vista program. All courses require Internet access and either Windows XP or higher or Mac OS X 10.2 or higher.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
Assignments can be handed in weekly online. Most courses have a discussion component where professors and students communicate via Blackboard. Ask for help 24/7 at the tutoring online center if needed.
Online Testing & Grading
Some online courses administer tests online while others hold tests at one of HCC's three testing centers during weekends. Tests can be up to two or three hours long. Review sessions are held prior to many exams, but it depends on the class. Grades are usually evenly weighted using all types of material used in the course.
Did You Know?
Every student must take the READI assessment to see if they are ready to take online courses.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 289 responses

Very poor
  • Appropriate class sizes
  • Course availability
  • Section/class availability
  • Convenience
  • Course management system (submitting assignments, viewing grades, etc.)
  • Discussion/interaction with other students
  • Manageability of workload
  • Tutoring assistance
  • Tech support
  • User-friendly technology

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of your online courses?    Based on 291 responses

  • 27% Applicable to the real world
  • 21% Will advance my career
  • 21% Learned a lot of new things
  • 19% Learned a few new things
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 4% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 3% Waste of time

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 289 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interaction with students
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students


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