Part 1: Orientation for Online Students

Welcome to Online Learning at Harper College!

Taking courses with online content can be a gratifying component of your college education. Online courses provide you with flexibility and convenience. However, with this flexibility comes additional responsibilities.
This orientation is designed to provide you with the information and tools that may be used to help you be successful in your online courses.
Even if you've taken an online course before, be sure to take advantage of our available support and resources.

Part 1 Will Help You to Understand:

Part 2 Will Give you the Resources:

Blackboard Video Tutorials for Students


Part 1: Orientation for Online Students

Experience a Harper Online Course

Harper College uses Blackboard as their online course management system.  You may look around a demonstration course in Blackboard and even participate in practice online activities. Simply visit the “Harper College Blackboard Demonstration Course”.

Announcements page from Harper College Demonstration Course

Differences between Face-To-Face Traditional Classes and Online Learning

While taking an online course, you can expect:

  • A flexible schedule to work at your own pace each week while applying your own self-discipline skills to meet required timelines set by the instructor.
  • A web -based learning management system, Blackboard, with individual login access.
  • Engaging course activities – some of which require simultaneous participation (scheduled online chats or conferencing) and some of which do not require simultaneous participation (online discussions and assignments).
  • A strong incorporation of your reading, writing and digital literacy skills.
  • Clear online communication, feedback and instructor facilitation to promote student success.
  • Availability of additional online resources including related Internet course content, technical assistance and Harper campus resources.

Reasons for Taking Online Classes

Harper’s online courses provide the same level of educational quality and content as traditional face-to-face classes. They can also include:

  • Flexibility to “attend class” anytime - day or night, 7 days a week.
  • Various online resources available at your fingertips.
  • Communicating and collaborating with others making the course a highly meaningful experience.
  • Being a part of a diverse group of students making a unique learning experience.

Online Course Expectations

Many online courses offered at Harper College use the popular Blackboard learning management system to facilitate course work and virtual classroom interaction between students, their peers, and faculty members. Students may use email, discussion boards, and other collaboration tools in lieu of the traditional face-to-face interaction of the classroom. Specific requirements will be provided in course syllabi.

Part 2: Orientation for Online Students