Attend classes online!

At Montco, we have been educating the community online for over 20 years. More than 10,000 students take online courses at Montco every year; this ranks us in the top ten of online colleges in the state.

Blue circle icon with white laptop We’re top 10 in online course delivery*
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Orange icon with white arrows circling a graduation cap With numerous transfer opportunities to explore, you can seamlessly transfer from Montco to one of our four-year partner schools

 


 

Online class formats

Online – Synchronous
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(Synchronous course code = OS)

  • Required, set meeting times.
  • Instruction and lectures occur in real time at a set hour.
  • Students must be online at that specific hour to participate.

Examples

  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Zoom

Tips for success

  • You must log in to be counted for attendance.
  • Schedule your class dates and times on your personal calendar, just like an on-campus class.
  • Designate a quiet, comfortable space to work.
Online – Asynchronous
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(Asynchronous course code = ONLN)

  • No specific meeting times.
  • Materials, lectures, tests, and assignments can be accessed at any time.
  • Usually, students are given a timeframe to log in to complete coursework.

Examples

  • Discussion boards
  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Online assignments/tests

Tips for success

  • Opportunities may be available to connect with your instructor/class via Blackboard, but are not required.
  • Block out designated times to complete your assignments.
Hybrid* – Online & on-campus
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(Hybrid course code = HYBR)

  • Combination of online and on-campus instruction.
  • Online portion could be either synchronous or asynchronous, depending on the instructor.
  • The syllabus will provide greater detail about class requirements.

Examples

  • Synchronous or asynchronous options per instructor

Tips for success

  • You must attend the on-campus portion to be counted for attendance.
  • Get ready for your on-campus instruction.

 


 

Frequently asked questions

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What is online learning?

Instead of traditional classroom sessions held on-campus, online learners work independently at home using computers and technology. Faculty members provide instruction and guidance through a variety of tools available in Blackboard, our learning management system (LMS): online discussions, video lectures, quizzes, and assignments. Online courses have equivalent requirements and outcomes as traditional classroom-based courses.

Most classes will be on Blackboard, though additional resources may be used based on the instructor's discretion.

Do I ever need to come to campus?

You do not need to make any physical visits to campus UNLESS:

  1. Your instructor requires a “proctored” test or exam. You will be advised by your instructor.
  2. Your class is a hybrid, which requires both in-class seat time as well as completing assignments online. You will be advised by your instructor.

What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous online courses?

Synchronous online classes are those that involve required, set meeting times. Instruction and lectures occur in real time (live) at a set hour. You must be online at that specific hour to participate.

Asynchronous online courses are the opposite of synchronous online courses. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Usually you are given a timeframe—usually a one-week window—during which you will need to log in to the learning management system (e.g., Blackboard) to complete coursework.

What computer skills do I need to take an online course?

Basic computer skills are required for online classes. These skills include sending and receiving email, word processing, cutting and pasting within documents, toggling between applications and using email attachments. In specialized courses, other skills may be required.

When do online classes begin?

Online classes open at 12:01 a.m. on the first day of the semester. Sometimes an instructor will make a course available before the start date of classes, but they are not required to do so. Once the course opens, be sure to log into Blackboard and familiarize yourself with the course as well as the assignment schedule to ensure you do not fall behind.

View the academic calendar and important dates and deadlines.

Do online courses have a set start date?

Yes, online courses are delivered in various lengths (e.g., 15- or 7-week sessions) and begin on the start date according to each session. You will have deadlines and due dates that you will need to meet as the semester progresses in all types of classes, whether synchronous, asynchronous or hybrid.

How will my instructor contact me?

You should receive an email from your instructor before or on the first day of class. Other methods of contact and feedback include phone calls, discussion boards, email and notes within assignments.

What are the computer requirements for the online course?

Please review the computer requirements and supported browsers before class begins to ensure you are prepared for class. There are also student computer labs available on campus if you are participating in a hybrid course.

In need of a computer or technology assistance? Complete the form.

  • PC (Windows 7/8/10) OR Mac (iOS 10.6+) – We do not recommended using iPads, Chromebooks & Surfaces, etc.
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print PDFs
  • Most classes require a microphone and webcam
  • Office 365 – provided for free to all Montco students
  • Web Browsers:
    • Firefox is recommended
    • Chrome is compatible with most functionality
    • Internet Explorer 11+ is supported
    • Microsoft Edge is supported
    • Safari 6+ is supported

How much time do I need to set aside each week to work on my online classes?

The amount of time you should expect to spend on each of your online classes can be found below based on the number of weeks of your class. The numbers below assume a 3-credit class. Please note that actual amount of time varies from student to student.
  • 15-week – 10 hours / week
  • 10-week – 13 hours / week
  • 7-week – 18 hours / week
  • 6-week – 21 hours / week

Will my online courses transfer to other institutions?

The College has agreements with scores of public and private schools in the state, providing multi-faceted transfer opportunities making it easier for you to navigate the transfer process quickly and easily.

What do I do if I need tutoring in any of my courses?

Whether you're looking for assistance in organizing notes, writing a paper or taking a test, our tutors are available to help you. We offer free tutoring services as well as 24/7 online support! Our tutors work with you to develop strategies based on your unique learning preference.

Can students with disabilities take online courses?

Montgomery County Community College is committed to the success of all students and ensures equal access to its educational programs, services, and activities to our students with disabilities, whether online or on-campus. After you apply for admission, please contact Disability Services and arrange a consultation to discuss how we can best accommodate you.

 


 

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*According to IPEDS data, Montco is in the top 10 public 2-year and public/private 4-year degree granting institutions in Pennsylvania in terms of number of students taking online courses.

**Additional hybrid classes may be added as needed.