CATALOG: Distance Learning

Distance learning courses are provided to accommodate the needs of students. RCC values the opportunities for access that it provides for its students, and RCC views distance education as an important component of educational access. In accomplishing its mission to provide access, RCC now offers degree and certificate programs both completely and partially through distance learning modalities.

Distance learning courses have the same content, grading system, and credit value as on-campus courses. The tuition is also the same. Learning support services are available to students in distance learning courses; moreover, special accommodations are available, such as access to library materials by phone, physical mail, or online.

RCC offers distance learning courses in a variety of disciplines, and many classroom-based courses incorporate distance learning technology to enhance student learning. Some courses are delivered entirely through distance learning technology. The courses fall into the following categories:

  • Online Courses (Asynchronous Courses)
    All distance learning courses offered at RCC require students to be independent learners with proficient reading, writing, and research skills and to be able to commit to a consistent schedule that may include at least 8-10 hours per week of study for each course. Distance Learning requires a minimum of two proctored activities on-campus or off-campus for each course. Students must also have had experience in using the internet and in communicating by e-mail (including sending attachments) prior to enrolling in a distance learning course. Most communication in a distance learning class will be through e-mail and RCC’s online course management system, Canvas. Students taking distance learning classes should have access to a computer a minimum of three times a week. Although owning a computer is strongly recommended, computers are available in the college libraries on each campus. Each course is developed independently following quality assurance guidelines.
  • Interactive Video (Synchronous Courses)
    Synchronous Courses are provided to students through Interactive Video technology, which uses live two-way video connections to send and receive courses and programs between RCC Campuses and other sites. This program allows RCC to offer courses and programs not normally available at RCC.
  • Hybrid Courses
    Hybrid courses are a blend of both the traditional and distance learning modes of delivery, which means that required on-campus meetings and distance learning technologies are included in each hybrid course offered.
  • Shared Services Online Courses
    Shared Services courses are RCC courses offered in partnership with other Virginia Community Colleges. These courses allow students to earn RCC credits that are instructed by faculty members from another Virginia Community College. The required proctored tests can be taken at any RCC testing center. Students who take Shared Service courses will have access to partner college resources as well as RCC resources. Students interested in taking Shared Service courses can email

A complete listing of Distance Learning classes is found in the class schedule. Additional information required for successful completion of distance learning courses can be found on the RCC website.

Last modified on 08-08-2017