shannon l kennedyBased on the current state of the pandemic, Rappahannock Community College has chosen to be very conservative in our approach to instruction this fall. Courses will be offered, primarily, either through Zoom online or in an online-on-your-time format. Some courses will still have face-to-face requirements but social distancing, wearing masks, etc. will be required. Faculty and students performed beautifully when the switch was flipped in the spring. This fall, we will all be better prepared. We are working on additional technology to ensure easier collaboration, provide tutoring options, and make testing as simple as possible. The quality of instruction will be solid, as always.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and your willingness to start or continue your education. At RCC, your success matters!

Shannon L. Kennedy, Ed.D.
President
Rappahannock Community College


Click here to see Fall 2020 Class Schedule


Trying to choose which kind of course to take this fall?

Ask yourself these questions:

This fall, I would rather take my classes:

  • entirely online
  • in person at a specific location (when possible)

This fall, I would rather:

  • set my own weekly schedule for getting my assignments done
  • follow a set schedule each week for class meetings
Answer to Question 1 Answer to Question 2 Option(s) What to look for in SIS and online schedule
A A Online-On-Your-Time Room is Virtual/Online
A B Zoom Online Room is Zoom/Online
B A Hybrid Read Notes
B B Hybrid Plus Zoom Read Notes

 

Definitions of Types of Class Sections:

  • Online-On-Your-Time: have clear assignment deadlines, but will not have specific online meeting times and will not meet on campus. How to recognize this class in SIS and the online schedule:  the room will be listed as Virtual/Online
  • Zoom Online: meet online via Zoom at scheduled times but stay remote (off-campus) all semester. How to recognize this class in SIS and the online schedule:  the room will be listed as Zoom/Online.
  • Hybrid: meet in person at scheduled times each week; complete assignments on your own time each week by deadlines set in syllabus. Class meeting times will be listed in SIS. How to recognize this class in SIS and the online schedule: read the class notes.  It will be designated as a hybrid class.  
  • Hybrid Plus Zoom: meet in person at scheduled times each week; meet online via Zoom at other scheduled times each week. Class meeting times will be listed in SIS.  How to recognize this class in SIS and the online schedule:  Read the class notes. Also, there will be a listing for an on campus room as well as Zoom/Online.

Important Note:  When viewing your class options in SIS or in the online class schedule (https://www.rappahannock.edu/schedule/) it will be very important to read all class notes. In the online class schedule, you will need to click on the blue > symbol in each section in your class search results. In SIS, you will need to click on the section in order to see class notes.  Please see screen captures.

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Student Expectations for Online On-Your-Time

If you choose Online On-Your-Time classes, you will have clear assignment deadlines, but will not have specific online meeting times and will not meet on campus.

To attend successfully, you need a laptop or personal computer suitable for online learning. See the note below regarding cameras and consult this link for computing requirements:   https://www.rappahannock.edu/helpdesk/tech-tips/#techreq

RCC can help you meet these technology needs:

  • If you have an appropriate computer but do not have access to high speed internet you can come to campus to access the internet by appointment.
  • If you have appropriate internet access but do not have an appropriate computer, there is a limited number of college laptop loaners available for students. You can request a laptop at library@rappahannock.edu .
  • If you do not have either of the above, you can access a computer lab on campus by appointment.

Note:  Most classes will require Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor for assessments.  This will require you to have computer with a camera.  If you do not, you can take the required assessments on campus by appointment.  Scheduling an assessment appointment can be done at testing@rappahannock.edu


Student Expectations for Zoom Online

If you choose Zoom Online classes, you will be expected to attend class online via Zoom at the time specified on the schedule.

To attend successfully, you need a laptop or personal computer equipped with a camera suitable for Zoom technology. Consult this link for computing requirements:    https://www.rappahannock.edu/helpdesk/tech-tips/#techreq

RCC can help you meet these Zoom technology needs:

  • If you do not have an appropriate computer, computer labs will be available on campus by appointment.
  • If you have an appropriate computer but do not have access to high speed internet during the class meeting time at home, you can come to campus to access the internet by appointment.
  • If you have appropriate internet access at home but do not have an appropriate computer, there is a limited number of college laptop loaners available for students.

Students must provide their own headphone/microphone to use a computer in the computer lab or to access the internet on campus for a Zoom class.  USB or Bluetooth headphones/microphone combinations are the most compatible options to use with college computers.


Questions?

Email advisor@rappahannock.edu or call 804-333-6838 to schedule a time to talk with an advisor.