Distance Learning

All online and hybrid courses are delivered via the Blackboard interface. Students who register for online and hybrid courses will be “enrolled” in the Blackboard section assigned for each course. All students taking online and hybrid courses are required to complete CIS 101B as a prerequisite or corequisite.

A student’s advisor may override the requirement for CIS 101B if (1) The student has completed an equivalent Blackboard class from another institution, which must be verified on the student’s transcript; or, (2) The student has completed a “competency lab exercise,” which will be verified by appropriate CIS faculty. (A fee may be charged for the competency lab exercise).

Each online class will include a required “Course Access” component that students must complete to verify initial attendance. The “Course Access” activity will include the following:

Information about Blackboard locations for

  • the course syllabus
  • instructor contact information
  • assignments and exams
  • other course information, as needed

Completion of an assessment (test) about the above material. This assessment serves to verify students’ “attendance.” Students who do not complete the “Course Access”  activity will be identified as NS (no-show) and will be blocked from the class.

 Some online classes may require one or two assessment activities to be conducted on campus. Students should contact their instructors for this information.