Online Education Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Online Education, E-learning, or Distance Education?

All of these terms can be described as any course offered by a non-traditional delivery method via the internet. This includes Online classes, Hybrid/Blended classes, Web Conferencing classes and Interactive Video Classes. These classes could include live or recorded class lectures to improve student success.

Who should take Online Education classes?

Students who are unable to attend traditional courses on campus might find online education an exciting alternative. Additionally students who because of scheduling problems look to distance learning to pick up required classes.

The distance-learning student should be an independent, motivated, and flexible individual. Use our online assessment test to see if these classes would be a fit for you.

How do I enroll in an online course?

Just go to BMCC’s website<<link to>> and go through the online admissions registration process.

If you live near a local BMCC Center , you can go there for advising and assistance the BMCC area coordinator.

How much does it cost?

In addition to regular tuition, online courses carry a $75.00 fee and ITV classes have a $25.00 fee. For more information regarding tuition and fees, go to College Costs.

How do I get a refund?

You are financially and academically responsible for all classes in which you enroll. If you wish to discontinue college attendance, you must officially withdraw. To receive a refund, you must drop courses before 5:00 p.m. of the 5th day after the start of the term. Lab fees are not refundable.

How do I receive course materials and textbooks?

All online class access information is sent to enrolled student's BMCC student e-mail account one week prior to the term starting. The course materials like syllabi will be available for students through the BMCC Online portal<<link to>> starting the Sunday before classes starting.

All textbook information for online classes can be found at the BMCC Bookstore (541-278-5734) or purchased online; however, prices may include additional shipping and handling charges.

How much time do I have to complete a course?

The same amount of time is required to complete an online class as a face-to-face class. You must complete your online course within the term you start.

How much time do I need to study?

The total amount of time for each course will vary depending on your skills and dedication. You should plan on spending a minimum of 15 to 18 hours per week in order to finish the course on time.

Whom do I call for assistance?

Each instructor’s phone number and office hours are listed on the course syllabus. Other general information questions may be directed via email to Distance and Extended Learning or call 541-278-5763 or 541-278-5969.

Are online classes and on-campus classes transcripted differently?

No, online courses differ from on-campus courses only in the delivery modalities; they appear on your transcript with the same course numbers as the on-campus courses.

Are distance students eligible to apply for financial aid?

Yes, Contact the Financial Aid Office to get full information.

Where do I take my tests?

Tests can be administered by a BMCC testing center or an approved Proctor. Students living outside the BMCC area need to email the distance education office<<link to>> or call 1-888-297-2622 for assistance. Please review our Proctor Information<<link to 174b>> for full details on obtaining a proctor. It is to your responsibility to submit proctor information prior to examination deadlines.

How do I obtain my grade at the end of the term?

Grades are posted on the Web site at 5:00pm on the last day of the term.

How can I get additional information about BMCC?

Students can now go online and view the full range of courses offered through BMCC for the main Pendleton campus and In-District sites (Umatilla, Morrow & Baker Counties). Go to BMCC’s website<<link to>> to view the current schedule of classes, college catalog, and degree program information.

Where and where do I get information about Distance Education classes?

E-learning information is available on our website, in the catalog and in the quarterly mailer. For more information, you can call the department at 541-278-5763 or any of the BMCC locations.

What is the difference between online classes and credit classes?

Online classes are the same as any classes BMCC offers, it’s just a different way to deliver the instruction. Instead of sitting in a classroom, students take classes online via the web or through interactive television (ITV). Online classes may also be synchronous (everyone takes the class at the same time and place) or asynchronous (students take the class on their own schedule, within the starting and ending dates published).

Do online classes count for credit?

Yes, if the class is designated as a credit class. Again, Distance Education is merely a different way to deliver instruction. The content is the same as for other BMCC classes.