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Student’s Role

As a distance learning student at RCC you will need to take an active approach to learning. The instructor will develop course content in a Blackboard course site in which the student will be responsible for learning the material. All students taking a distance learning course require proficiency in accessing the Internet and in sending/receiving e-mail including attachments. Students must have internet access either at home or work or have access to RCC computers. All students must adhere to the policies and procedures in the student handbook.

A Distance Learning student should be:Student at computer

  • self motivated
  • self-disciplined
  • enjoys the challenge
  • comfortable using a computer
  • communicates well
  • prepared
  • flexible

Distance Learning students are responsible for:

  • using student email to communicate with faculty and staff at RCC (accessed via the myRCC single signon).
  • checking announcements in your Blackboard course site at least twice a week.
  • taking proctored activities in a proctored environment at least twice a semester (students off-site can request to be proctored at another location with permission of the instructor).
  • at least 3 hours of study time per credit hour every week for online courses.
  • completing assignments on-time according to the syllabus guidelines.
  • completing first assignment with instructor during the add/drop deadlines (instructor can drop you from the course for not communicating or completing assignment during the add/drop period).
  • seek assistance when needed by contacting the instructor or RCC helpdesk.

For more advice on distance learning, check out our video on How to Be a Successful Distance Learner.

For more information on the Distance Learning program view the Getting Started site.

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