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:
- Able to learn from written directions
How are distance education
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
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
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
- 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
- Shut down your browser if you leave your computer
- 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
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
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
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
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
FAX: 609 894 4189
Internet Web Page: http://staff.bcc.edu/distance
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:45pm
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- 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.
- What is my BCC email address? In most instances,
it will be your firstname.lastname@example.org
For example: Jonathan Smith would be email@example.com
. Remember to use lowercase letters and no spaces!
- 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.
- 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)
- 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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