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    • FALL 2020 COURSE TYPES
    • HCCC plans to hold courses in three ways in Fall: Online, Hybrid and Remote.

      Hudson County Community College is committed to students’ success both inside and outside of the classroom. In order to assist students in making progress towards their academic goals, HCCC offers classes in a variety of modalities, including fully online, hybrid, and remote. Students are encouraged to figure out which mode is the right fit for them before registering. The different modes are described below. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to col@hccc.edu.


      Hudson Online Courses

      Hudson Online courses and programs are created for fully online teaching and learning. This means most work is completed on students’ own time schedule as long as the work is submitted on time.

      How do I know if a course section is offered online?

      >>Hudson Online sections will have a location of “Online” and have an “ON” in their course code. For example: CSS 100-ONR01. To find online courses, on the course schedule, you will search by location and choose “online.”

      How do I know if a Hudson Online course section is right for me?

      >> Students who need flexibility in when they do course work and cannot travel to campus to attend class at specific times benefit from enrolling in Hudson Online courses. Students who are successful in Hudson Online courses have regular and reliable access to a computer and internet, are able to direct their own learning and are disciplined about completing readings and assignments by the due date.

      Students who are considering enrolling in a Hudson Online course can discover what it is like through a special Student Orientation module. Visit the COL’s web and portal pages for more information.

      What kind of experience can I expect when I enroll in a Hudson Online course?

      >> In Hudson Online courses, instructors use Canvas and embedded tools extensively. They usually do not make extensive use of synchronous video conferencing. Details for each course section will be provided by the instructor.

      Please note: Students’ attendance for Hudson Online courses is taken each week and requires that students post content or submit an assignment to the course. These assignments may include: graded discussion posts, submission of assignments, or quizzes. Merely logging in is not sufficient for successful attendance in a Hudson Online course. Attendance is required for Financial Aid purposes.

      What kind of support is available to help me be successful?

      >> For online and hybrid courses, students are automatically enrolled in the Hudson Online Orientation for Students. Students who are enrolling in a Hudson Online class for the first time and/or students who are unfamiliar with online learning through Canvas are strongly encouraged to complete the Orientation module. The Orientation module is available on the Canvas Dashboard. Hudson Online also offers free online tutoring and 24/7 Canvas support.

      Other types of support are available and can be accessed through the COL’s webpage.



      Hybrid Courses

      Hybrid courses are facilitated by the Center for Online Learning and are prepared in similar fashion to Hudson Online courses, except that lab requirements and sessions are held in person. In an emergency, simulations and virtual labs may replace on ground in-person instruction and pivot back once an emergency situation has subsided.

      The college is designating any course that requires students to attend classes or labs on-site as On Ground for Fall 2020 term.

      How do I know if a course is Hybrid?

      >> The course will have an HY designation for the section, for example: BIO-107-HYR01

      How do I know if a hybrid course section is right for me?

      >> Students who prefer to have some flexibility mixed with some structure generally prefer hybrid classes. Generally, hybrid classes meet every other week. Students who are successful in hybrid courses are able to work independently for the lecture-based component of the course and assignments related to the lecture, but prefer in-person instruction for any hands-on or experiential learning components and assignments.

      What kind of experience can I expect when I enroll in a hybrid course?

      >> In hybrid classes, instructors generally use Canvas for any session that is not held in-person and any content not related to the labs and clinicals that are on-ground. At least some assignments are likely to be submitted through Canvas.

      What kind of support is available to help me be successful?

      >> In addition to all of the supports provided to Hudson Online students, a hybrid class affords students the opportunity to meet in-person with the instructor on a regular basis (i.e., every other week). This provides students an opportunity to engage with their instructors to ask questions and have difficult concepts clarified.



      On-Ground Courses

      On-ground courses are offered at one of HCCC’s campuses: Journal Square, North Hudson, or Secaucus. On-ground courses could be combined with other modalities. For example, a lab could occur on-ground with the lecture occurring either through remote or online instruction.

      How do I know if a course is On Ground ?

      >> On-ground sections will have a campus location. To find on-ground courses, search by the campus location you wish to attend.

      How do I know if an On Ground section is right for me ?

      >> Students who prefer to take classes on campus, face-to-face with their instructor, benefit from on-ground courses. Students who prefer to conduct hands-on lab activities in person also benefit from on ground classes. On ground classes may be combined with an online or remote learning component.

      What kind of experience can I expect when I enroll in an On Ground Course ?

      >> Students in on ground courses this fall can expect smaller class sizes, with social distancing. Special care will be taken to clean and sanitize rooms and equipment. Instructors may offer online or remote learning options in addition to in-person classes through Canvas or other platforms.

      What kind of support is available to help me be successful ?

      >> For on ground classes with online or remote components, in addition supports provided on campus, Hudson Online provides supports which can be accessed at www.hccc.edu/onlinelearning.



      Remote Courses

      Remote courses are similar to the experience of being in a face-to-face on-ground class. This means that students will be attending class remotely, or virtually, at the time the class is scheduled.

      How do I know if a course section is offered in a remote format?

      >> To find remote courses, on the course schedule, you will search by location and choose “remote.” There may be additional information about the course section format in “section details.”

      How do I know if a remote course section is right for me?

      >> Students who are successful in a remote class enjoy the experience of learning alongside a group of their peers and interacting with their instructor on a weekly basis. Students who are successful in a remote class format are also able to set aside the block of time for which they were scheduled to be in class in order to be online participating via video conference (i.e., WebEx) and/or on Canvas.

      What kind of experience can I expect when I enroll in a remote course?

      >> In remote classes, instructors may use Canvas conferences for WebEx for holding live classes. All remote classes have a Canvas site; however, the extent to which Canvas is used depends on the instructor. Details for each course section will be provided by the instructor.

      What kind of support is available to help me be successful?

      >> Students who are unfamiliar with Canvas, the College’s online learning system, should enroll in Classroom Students’ Guide to Canvas Online. Please use this free course to prepare for studying remotely. The courses provide tips, best practices for online success and introduces Canvas and related tools.