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What is Distance Education?


Distance Education at Burlington County College was started in 1978 to enable students to earn college credits without having to attend class on campus. Distance education courses are fully accredited college courses. Currently there are over 80 distance education courses offered on-line! BCC is committed to adding new courses and upgrading course technology at every opportunity. To see a current list of course offerings, visit the Distance Education homepage at http://staff.bcc.edu/distance


To be successful in Distance Education you should be:


  • Organized
  • Motivated
  • Independent
  • Self-disciplined
  • Able to learn from written directions



How are distance education courses offered?


Distance education courses at BCC are accessed using the Internet and use Blackboard CE8. Internet courses are fully accredited college credit courses. You will be interacting with your instructor over the Internet. We recommend the following personal computer system to take full advantage of these courses:


        A personal computer with Windows 98 or Macintosh OS 10 or later

        Modem and e-mail capability

        Microsoft Word or compatible word processing software

        A web browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer - version 7.2 or higher)

        Internet service provider


        Must be able to accept 'cookies' and 'pop-ups'


The latest information about computer requirements and technical support is located at http://staff.bcc.edu/distance/login.htm



Additional information about BCC's Internet courses:


  • All course information is on-line. Students access a course website for the syllabus, assignments, course calendar, and the on-line equivalent of lecture notes.
  • Courses have on-line tests and/or quizzes.
  • Students participate in course bulletin boards or chat rooms, interacting with the instructor and other students.
  • Students either e-mail their assignments to the instructor or post them to the course website.
  • Students also have access to the instructor by phone or may make arrangements to meet with the instructor in person.
  • All courses require the purchase of a textbook. Some also require a CD-ROM.
  • Remember that browser caches (save) web pages to the local hard drive. If your professor has made changes overnight, you might not notice them because your browser is loading the old cached pages. Press the Refresh/Reload button on your browser if you are visiting a Blackboard page on a new day.


Understand that your professor may have designed the web course using different software than you use. Also understand that they were most likely on a fast network, while you are connected to a modem. This means:


  • When you view a web page it may not look like what your instructor or other students see.
  • You should look for scroll bars on the sides and bottom of your browser window to make sure that you are not missing data, which is outside your normal window size.
  • Please be patient while large files load. Some may take 5-10 minutes!
  • You may want to provide polite and constructive feedback to your professor about the look of his or her Blackboard page(s).


If you are taking more than one Blackboard course, or sharing a computer with others who are also taking Blackboard courses you must:


  • Shut down (close) your browser if you want to change courses.
  • Shut down your browser if you leave your computer unattended.
  • Shut down your browser before allowing someone else to log onto a course.


Please inform your professor if you come up with any tricks that might help other students!



Who Should Take These Courses?


     Are you a relatively skilled computer user, able to browse the Internet easily, send e-email, and use word processing?

     Do you have your own Internet access?

     Does your schedule make attending classes on a regular basis difficult?


In general, what else should I know about on-line courses?


You cannot login to your course before the first day of class, however, you may have access to the website a couple of days earlier so that you can check your browser settings for compatibility. If you are new to on-line courses it is highly recommended that you watch the narrated, tutorial videos located on the Distance Education Office webpage at http://staff.bcc.edu/distance . Each video is approximately 10 minutes long and show how to use many of the course tools in Blackboard which will save you valuable time later on! Please visit this site often for the most up-to-date information about BCC's distance education courses.


Remember: Your user name is public information, but your password is not! Always keep your password a secret unless otherwise instructed by your professor.


How to Reach the Distance Education Office:


Telephone: 609 894 9311 or 856 894-9311, extension 1790

Address: Distance Education Office, Burlington County College, 601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Rd., Pemberton, NJ 08068

Email: dlearn@bcc.edu or kdevone@bcc.edu

FAX: 609 894 4189

Internet Web Page: http://staff.bcc.edu/distance

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:45pm


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):


  1. I have registered for distance education courses. What is the next step? About 1-2 weeks before the start of class you will receive a welcome letter in your BCC email account from The Distance Education Office. You may also receive an email from your instructor on or before the start of the class with specific course information.
  2. How do I get a BCC email account? Email accounts are generated after your application to the College has been processed. Email access is available from either the BCC webpage (www.bcc.edu and click on the link for email) or at http://mymail.bcc.edu and following the login instructions there.
  3. What is my BCC email address? In most instances, it will be your firstname_lastname@mymail.bcc.edu For example: Jonathan Smith would be jonathan_smith@mymail.bcc.edu . Remember to use lowercase letters and no spaces!
  4. Where can I purchase my textbook? Textbook information can be found at the College bookstore website at www.efollett.com prior to the start of the semester. You can also take your registration form to either the Pemberton or Mt. Laurel Campus Bookstore.
  5. I have questions about my syllabus or assignments. Whom do I contact? Contact your instructor directly using the contact information in the syllabus or from the 'Contact Your Instructor' link at the distance education webpage (http://staff.bcc.edu/distance) .
  6. I have general questions about distance education. Whom do I contact? You may contact the Distance Education Office at 609 894 9311 or 856 894 9311, extension 1790. For your convenience, we provide automated menu to choose from and many of your questions will be answered there. We also encourage you to visit our webpage at http://staff.bcc.edu/distance for important information for new and returning students. Should you need further assistance, you may speak with a staff member during regular office hours. We will be happy to assist you!


For the most up-to-date distance education information, please visit our webpage regularly at http://staff.bcc.edu/distance

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