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3 College Freshman

Online Courses: I personally do not take online courses so I am not sure how it really works.

3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Online courses were a good option when I just could not fit the course into my busy schedule. I definitely prefer traditional classrooms, because I usually feel more interested and involved.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: Great. Haven't taken too many online classes, but the one I have was just like being in the classroom, except you were at home.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: It is surely an odd experience at first, what with being mostly independent in your studying and not having direct contact with you professor. The class was based on a certain book that we were required to purchase, and the class followed the book well. The proctored tests make for a chance to actually study and learn the subject rather than sitting at home with all of your notes.

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: Independent Study – What is nice about online classes is you can basically study at your own pace for the most part. You do have deadlines for your assignments, but when you work a full time job, it can be difficult to carve out enough time to go to a physical class. Working online gives you the flexibility to still work full time but get your assignments done.


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HACC Lancaster's virtual campus started in July 2004 as an addition to the College's successful distance learning program. The virtual campus offers several academic programs of study with over 150 courses to choose from. Online advisers are there to provide support and advice, and students can connect with their peers through the online community and student government.

Virtual campus courses are very similar to in-class courses, but the biggest difference is the flexibility. You can log on to class when it is convenient for you, as there's usually no set time for "lectures." Lecutres are delivered through online texts and video formats; video-based courses are often called "telecourses." Video lessons can be rented from an on-campus bookstore in both VHS and DVD formats, if you can't get them online.

One key component of every online course is the ability to work independently, without a professor constantly reminding you what do to. You have to be aware of due dates for work and assessments, just like in class.

Facts & Statistics

Biggest Surprises
HACC now offers "blended courses," which have a mix of online and in-person lectures and tests.
Required Tech Skills
Students register for courses on the virtual campus the same way the register for on-campus courses. Basic computer skills are necessary.
Typical Online Lecture - Single Day
Students log on to their "classroom" via the virtual campus at any time, since there is no set time slot for online classes. Reading assignments are posted, along with homework assignments and projects.
Typical Online Course - Start to Finish
Course lectures come in online and video formats. You must complete assignments and assessments by the posted due date, just like in a regular course. Visits to HACC may be necessary for orientation sessions and proctored exams or labs. After your final exam, class is done.
Online Testing & Grading
Virtual campus uses online testing and grading; students can view their grades online. Discussions between professors and students are conducted on discussion boards or via chat or email. Phone calls are encouraged as well.
Did You Know?
HACC Virtual Campus currently offers more than 150 different courses in a variety of subjects.

Student Polls

Rate your school's online courses on the following topics    Based on 27 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 29 responses

  • 31% Applicable to the real world
  • 22% Will advance my career
  • 21% Learned a lot of new things
  • 16% Learned a few new things
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Waste of time
  • 2% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 26 responses

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