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4 College Senior

Online Courses: Availability of on-line classes is good to supplement the classroom experience.

4 College Freshman

Online Courses: Only took one online class and it was easy to use

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: I prefer in my classes to be in the classroom. I like the interaction and working with the professors. Online classes are more work and you never meet and one or the teacher, it's ok.

3 College Senior

Online Courses: I only took one online class

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5 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: I have taken several online courses through BlackBoard and have found it to be very manageable and easy to navigate. The courses are set up so it is easy to find assignments, check grades, participate in discussion boards, etc. Although it is wise to stay on top of your workload, the online classes made making deadlines easier for those of us with full time jobs and other responsibilities.


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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. 

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
Some quizzes can be taken multiple times. The instructor will tell the students ahead of time and grade using the highest score.
Required Tech Skills
You don't need a Ph.D. in technology to use FCC's online components. As long as you know how to log into BlackBoard and can use the Internet, you are good to go. FCC also has a help section that shows first-time users what they need to do.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
There are no online lectures. Some classes have PowerPoint presentations, and some don't. Instructors offer videos for students to watch each week, and they must complete corresponding assignments.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
Online courses are redundant. Do an assignment, write on the Discussion Board, take a quiz. Rinse, lather, repeat...with the occasional test.
Online Testing & Grading
Instructors announce quizzes and tests ahead of time, and students usually have one week to complete them. One or two tests may be administered in the Testing Center located in L Building, but most are online. Grades are calculated almost immediately for online assessments.
Did You Know?
Most of the classes in FCC are connected to BlackBoard. We also have an iTunes University, where students can listen to recordings or view podcasts from classes.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 46 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 45 responses

  • 26% Learned a few new things
  • 25% Will advance my career
  • 24% Applicable to the real world
  • 18% Learned a lot of new things
  • 6% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time
  • 0% Will help me switch careers

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 49 responses

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