Online Learning at PCCC
The Online Learning department is responsible for providing administrative, pedagogical and technical support for Blackboard, the learning management system used for online and hybrid courses at PCCC. (Sorry, the Online Learning department is not responsible for the Portal (Campus Cruiser) or Web Registration.)
Please explore our Libguide, and if you have any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Logging in to Online Courses
IMPORTANT! To access your online class(es), you must first log into your Portal account (My PCCC Account). After logging in, select Blackboard from the top row of tabs, where you will see additional instructions.
You will need to disable any pop up blockers you have running in your Web browser. This is probably the most common reason people have trouble logging in to Blackboard for the first time.
While you will be able to log in to Blackboard, you will only able to view your class(es) itself once the semester starts.
- Log in via My PCCC Account
- Prepare browser settings for Blackboard
- What is my User ID?
- Problems logging in? Submit an Online Help Request Form.
How to Prepare for your Online Course
About Online Courses
In online courses, students interact with their instructors and their peers via mixed media such as print, audio, and/or video. Although assignments have deadlines, students work at the time of day or night most convenient to them. Most courses do not require visits to the campus, although some may require a limited number of campus visits for exams.
(Follow this link for course descriptions, including prerequisites, testing procedures, and additional hardware or software requirements.)
Online courses cover the same material and carry the same number of credits as their traditional classroom counterparts, and are ideal for students whose schedules or responsibilities make traveling to campus difficult. In order to succeed in an online course, students must be strongly motivated and able to work independently. Online courses are subject to the same Academic Integrity Policies as traditional courses.
What are the minimum technical requirements?
- Access to a computer with an Internet connection
- Familiarity with Internet browser software (Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, etc.)
- Familiarity with word processing software such as Microsoft Word.
Interested in online classes but don't know what it's all about or if it's right for you?
- View our brochure to see if you are ready to take online classes.
- Complete an online learning readiness questionnaire to see if online learning is right for you.
- Explore a Sample Class in Blackboard 9.1. Log in to the Portal via the Faculty and Staff link, using blackboard as the Log In ID and 654321 as the password. Click the Blackboard tab, then select the access link on the the next page.
- Watch a general overview of online classes at PCCC (26 min) or a video on how online classes work (43 min).
Degree Programs Offered
PCCC offers a wide range of college-level online courses including complete associate degree programs in the following areas:
- A.A. in Liberal Arts, Humanities option
- A.A. in Liberal Arts, Criminal Justice option
- A.A.S. in Health Information Technology
- A.A.S. in Fire Science Technology
For more information on these programs, please see the College Catalog.
Randy Jenkins is the Director of Online Learning at PCCC. He is responsible for all aspects of Blackboard administration and support at PCCC. He is also responsible for training and supporting faculty who teach online courses. He also teaches an online Writing Intensive section of HI 101 Western Civilization. He has an M.A. from Fordham University.
Ken Karol is a Technology Resource Specialist at PCCC. He assists Randy Jenkins in providing administrative, pedagogical, and technical support for Blackboard. He also provides technical support for eTutoring and Libguides. He is the point person for eFolio, the electronic portfolio product used at PCCC. He provides Information Literacy training and assessment for the Title V Writing Initiative. He also teaches online sections of The College Experience and develops materials and curriculum for that course. He has an M.L.S. from Rutgers University.
Elizabeth Pachella joined PCCC in July 2012 as an Instructional Designer. She is part of the team providing administrative, pedagogical, and technical support. Her initial focus is on assisting faculty with the use of Blackboard. Elizabeth has a B.S. from Montclair State University.