DL Programs @ WCC
Wytheville Community College Distance Learning
Wytheville Community College offers a wide variety of classes in different formats, from traditional in-person classroom instruction to distance learning courses utilizing either online instruction or a combination of in-person and online instruction. Hybrid classes (sometimes referred to as blended courses) and web courses, fall into the last category.
Distance learning classes enable students to study on their own time, at home or at work, and are well suited to motivated learners. In most cases, all distance learning courses will be accessed through the VCCS Blackboard server here and clicking on the BlackBoard link on the page you see on successful login. After you enroll in a course, you will be provided with instructions for logging in to you class. Click here for an sample Blackboard course.
HYBRID Classes: Courses listed in the class schedule as "HY" are hybrid classes. These are blended courses with both online and in-class components. Hybrid classes require some in-class meetings, while the majority of the course is taught via the Internet. This simply means there will be a limited number of specific dates and times when a student must attend class in person and then the rest of the course is taught via the Internet and students can work on completing assignments when it is convenient, based on the his or her job and family responsibilities.
Notes included after each hybrid course in the current WCC class schedule normally include information about the specific dates and times that the courses will meet in person. Additional information may be obtained from the specific instructor of the hybrid course.
Courses listed as "HY" may also utilize a software known as Elluminate. Normally, the section numbers for these classes will be followed by an "E", such as "95E". In most cases, students will access these courses through Blackboard but will use the Elluminate software to participate in the class. Courses utilizing Elluminate normally meet at a specific time and students interact with their instructors using the Elluminate software. User documentation and tutorials are available here. Note: You will be required to download the Elluminate client to your computer for this tutorial.
World Wide Web: Online courses, denoted as "World Wide Web" in the WCC class schedule, normally are completed only via the Internet. An online course can be completed without any in-class meetings, whenever the student has the time and opportunity to work on the class.
Textbooks are available through the WCC Bookstore for Distance Learning courses and can be shipped to your home or business for a nominal shipping charge.