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3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: The workload is manage if you learn to manage your time wisely. The relationship of the student with the professor is almost non existence. Relationship with other students its not bad, usually I try to at least get to know one students from the class this way we can help each other.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: Since the classes are small, its easy to communicate to the professor when something is wrong, questions about an assignment, or just small talk.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: They allow me flexibility by allowing me to be able to go to school and also work. My professors are always available to help me and they also have office hours for face to face interactions.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: Online classes at HCC are very convenient especially since, some of those classes require you to not come at the campus at all.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: Its alot more easier than going to class and saves you alot of time if you have a job


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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.

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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 451 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 459 responses

  • 25% Applicable to the real world
  • 21% Learned a lot of new things
  • 21% Learned a few new things
  • 20% Will advance my career
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 4% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 4% Waste of time

Rate your school's online course professors on the following topics    Based on 450 responses

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


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