A blended course combines the classroom and the World Wide Web. Students are required to come to campus as well as participate in other "classroom" activities in a virtual environment. Students must have access to a computer and the Internet to enroll in a blended course. Blended classes offered at Harper College use the Blackboard learning management system to facilitate coursework and virtual classroom interaction between students, their peers, and faculty members. Students may also use email, discussion boards, and collaboration tools along with traditional face-to-face interaction of the classroom to complete coursework. It is at the individual faculty member's discretion how often students will be required to come to campus.
How to find Harper's blended courses
- Search for a blended course by going to the Class Schedule Search page on the Student Information System, and perform a Search by Term (ie. Spring, Summer, Fall, Credit or Non-Credit) and select the Submit button.
- Select the Subject from the Subject area and Blended from the Instructional Method area first to narrow your search)
- Select any additional options and select the Class Search button.
Study Tips for Blended Courses
There are many different ways to study successfully for a blended course. You are encouraged to find the way that works best for you and use it throughout your course.
The following list of tips were created by former students who found them to be especially helpful. Please read this list and adopt the tips you think might be useful for you.
- Buy all required course materials. Information provided on the Web does not take the place of your textbook and/or other materials.
- Arrange for easy access to a computer with an Internet connection. Create a personal (not shared) email account so you receive all course-related messages.
- Read each assignment as well as the information on the course Web site. Don't substitute one for the other as they both have important information in them.
- Check your course Web site at least three times a week for announcements, course information, new discussion postings and assignment specifications.
- Complete assignments on time and send them in at least 4 hours before the actual time due in case Internet connection problems occur.
- Set up a study schedule and stick with it to help you avoid falling behind in the class.
- Study in an environment where you will not be interrupted by noise.
- Contact your professor by email well in advance of due dates as you may need to wait 48 hours for a response to your questions.
- Contact Technical Support by email or telephone whenever you have computer hardware or software problems.
Top Reasons for Taking a Blended Course at Harper College
- Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and fellow students
- The number of up-to-date resources available to students via the Web is astronomical
- Student's on campus time is reduced, while still receiving full credit for a course