Is Online Learning for me?

Bristol Online isn’t for everyone. Some students love 100% online learning, some prefer hybrid, and some learn better in the face-to-face classroom. Students who register for online classes without fully understanding the expectations often end up dropping or doing poorly in the classes because they feel overwhelmed. They think classes will be “easier” and won’t require as much of a time commitment. While the content of an online class will be similar to what you would experience in a traditional face-to-face setting, learning online does present a different set of challenges.

Q: How much time will taking an online class take?

A: If you were taking a 3-credit, 16 week class you would expect to spend approximately 9 hours a week on reading, homework and assignments in the online environment. A 3-credit course meets for 45 hours for lecture (if you were meeting physically in the classroom) and the we usually double that time for homework, etc... This means you have a total of 135 hours that you should be spending per course over the entire semester.

So, if you are taking a class during a shorter term, like summer, you should plan for:

  • In an 11-week course, plan to spend about 12 hours per week on the class.
  • If you want to take a 6 week course you should block out almost 23 hours per week!

Before you register for an online class be sure to review important information for online learning students. You'll find more information on the time expectations and tips for success online. This article from eLearn magazine also provides great suggestions for online learners.

These short voice-over PowerPoint videos provide an overview of Bristol Online, also known as eLearning. To view the transcripts for each slide click on the tab on the right-hand side of the slide that says "Notes."

Not sure if online learning is for you? Take our short self-assessment.

eLearning 101

Our eLearning 101 course is designed to help students learn about Bristol Community College’s eLearning system. The course will help students learn how to navigate the system, download course files, post to the discussion board, submit assignments, and learn about other Bristol technologies such as Office 365, VoiceThread, and Blackboard Collaborate.

To access eLearning 101:

  1. Log into the accessBCC using your accessBCC username and password and then click the eLearning link located under the LAUNCHPAD located on the left-hand side of the page.
  2. Click on the eResources tab at the top of the page
  3. Follow the link to eLearning 101 to self-enroll in the course

Note that once you self-enroll, the course will appear under My Organizations on your homepage.  View this video to learn more about eLearning 101 and how to receive a certificate of achievement for completing the course.