Hybrid/Online Courses

What is a Hybrid/Online course?

A Hybrid/Online course combines classroom meetings and online instruction. Students enrolled in a Hybrid/Online course come to campus at scheduled times and meet face-to-face with their professors and fellow students. The number of on-campus meetings varies - some only meet once a month while others may meet every week. Other course work assignments, discussion, group work, etc. is accomplished through the Internet, using Blackboard. Students interact online to receive information about assignments, send homework, participate in class discussions, and conduct research.


Why take a Hybrid/Online course?

Taking a Hybrid/Online course requires fewer trips to campus for regularly scheduled class times. This can mean less travel time to and from class and less money spent on transportation costs. Sometimes it is difficult for a student with family responsibilities to be able to commit to a regular face-to-face class schedule so taking a Hybrid/Online course provides more flexibility with regard to the student's time. Hybrid/Online courses make a great combination: flexibility that comes with online classes, but also the sense of community that is found when attending face-to-face classes and meeting the instructor and fellow classmates. Hybrid/Online classes provide the best of both worlds.


What is expected of me?

To be successful in your Hybrid/Online course, you are expected to:

  • Have an Owl Link account. (You must have logged into Owl Link and reset your password.)
  • Have access to a computer with Internet service and a PGCC student email account
  • Attend all of the scheduled face-to-face class meetings
  • Participate regularly in the online portions of the class
  • Plan to ensure enough time to study and complete assignments
  • Commit 6 - 9 hours per week per three-credit class
  • Enjoy communicating in writing and reading the writing of others
  • "Speak up" to your instructors when problems arise
  • Be willing to take responsibility for your learning
  • Be able to learn easily from reading and writing
  • Know how to use technology properly
  • Read and write well
  • Be comfortable addressing problems at a distance
  • Have good time management skills to follow a schedule for finishing readings and assignments
  • Have good research skills, including how to effectively use the Internet
  • Have the ability to work well cooperatively, even when your communication is restricted to email or online chat
  • Complete the Checklist for Starting your Online Course (at the bottom of this page) prior to beginning your course


What software and equipment will I need?

To take an online course you will need access to a computer that is connected to the Internet, Internet access, a PGCC student email address, and the appropriate software.

Click here for hardware/software requirements.



Checklist for Starting your Hybrid/Online Course

  • Register for your course.
  • Confirm orientation date, time and location, if applicable.
  • Check course dates and deadlines. Online classes begin when campus classes begin.
  • Verify the on-campus meeting times of your Hybrid/Online Course.
  • Visit your instructor's web page for information about the course requirements and materials and pertinent information about how to access the course.
  • Be sure you have internet access and your PGCC student e-mail account activated before the start date of the course.
  • Resolve any technical problems before the class starts, as technical problems are generally not accepted as an excuse for late or incomplete work in an online course. You may contact eLearning Services for assistance.
  • Know how to logon to Blackboard. Please note: you will be able to login to Blackboard no later than the day after you register, but your course will not be available to you until four (4) days prior to the start date of your course.
  • Purchase your textbook.


Hybrid/Online Course Schedule