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3 College Senior

Online Courses: Blackboard and people soft are helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Taking online courses at Frederick Community College is an excellent alternative for those who do not have as flexible a schedule that allows them to commit to a 75 minute course on campus twice a week. The online courses that I have taken have been nothing less than spectacular. Although the workload is a bit heavier, the professors do an excellent job or posting assignments well in advance and accommodating any issues students may be having. The discussion boards are a great platform for the classes to communicate, and the professors do a great job of posting grades in a timely manner.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: The online courses are great. It definitely helps college students who have a busy life still earn a degree and further their education. However, personally, I would rather be in class. I've always benefited from in-class instruction rather than online. It's easier to forget about what's online rather than attending class regularly.

2 College Junior

Online Courses: Online courses at FCC are a bit of a waste of time. I took an online class and felt that I was not getting anything out if it. The professor would call me at times that I had told her not to call at. She would answer emails late, and was very disorganized. I also HAD to buy a second textbook that she only had us use once throughout the entire semester.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: You have to make sure you're checking the assingments online. You turn paper on online.


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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 34 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 33 responses

  • 27% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Learned a few new things
  • 22% Will advance my career
  • 20% Learned a lot of new things
  • 4% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 2% Waste of time
  • 0% Will help me switch careers

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

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