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Online Learning at Bronx Community College

There are basically two kinds of teaching/learning environments at BCC, traditional face-to-face classroom instruction and online learning courses where part (hybrid) or all (fully online) of the instruction is conducted online using various supporting technologies and methods such as Blackboard, ePortfolio, podcasts, virtual meeting, etc. CUNY distinguishes the Modes of Instruction as follows:

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In-Person. No course assignments and no required activities delivered online. In-Person.100% of scheduled class meetings are in traditional physical classrooms.


Web-Enhanced. No scheduled class meetings are replaced, but some of the course content and assignments, as well as required or optional activities, are online.


Partially online. Up to 32% of scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings. Hybrid. Some scheduled class meetings, but less than 100%, are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.


Hybrid (Blended). Between 33% and 80% of scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.


Online. More than 80% but less than 100% of scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.


Fully online. 100% of scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities or virtual meetings. All of the class work, including exams, is online.
Fully online. See the CUNYfirst definition to the left.

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Why Online Learning?

  • Online learning is a convenient and flexible way to advance your education.
  • Classes are internet based, so it is ideal for students who can not or do not want to travel to an on-campus class.
  • Online courses cover the same material and have the same transfer values as those offered on campus.
  • You are encouraged to register early for online learning classes as they often fill quickly and it allows you time to gather the information needed to get started in the class.

How to succeed in taking an Online Learning Course

To succeed in Online Learning Courses, students must be self-disciplined, good at managing their time and good at following directions. These characteristics are much more important than computer skills.

Requirements to take an Online Learning Course

  • Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA. First semester students may receive a waver if they display a high potential for success.
  • Students must have access to the Internet. A broadband connection (DSL or cable) is strongly recommended.
  • Basic knowledge of a word processor (Microsoft Word is strongly recommended) and a web browser (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari are the most commonly used browsers).
  • PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolled in an online learning course must have both an active BCC E-mail and CUNY Portal accounts. For help with email and portal accounts, contact theTechnology Service Center at 718.289.5970 or via email at tsc@bcc.cuny.edu.

Contact instructors to learn more about the individual courses, the amount and schedule of classroom time required and any other specific course requirements. To learn more about Online Learning at BCC, take the self-test to see if online learning is right for you.

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