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PCCC offers a wide range of college-level distance learning courses. Course learning outcomes and materials are the same in all delivery modalities. There are no additional fees for identity verification when taking a distance learning course. Some distance learning courses may require a limited number of campus visits for exams; specific information is available in the course schedule.
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Distance Learning Courses
Online Courses are taught using Blackboard. Assignments have deadlines, but students have the flexibility of studying where and when they want. Access to a camera and microphone may be required.
Remote Learning courses are taught using Zoom and Blackboard and require students to log in at the scheduled course times to interact with their instructor and classmates. Access to a camera and microphone are required.
Hybrid Online courses are taught using a combination of face-to-face and online activities. Face-to-face classes meet one day each week on campus at the scheduled course times and the remainder of the instructional time is completed online. Access to a camera and microphone may be required.
Concurrent Courses are taught simultaneously face-to-face (on campus) and remotely via a web conferencing platform at the scheduled course times. Students register to attend the face-to-face section or the remote section. Access to a camera and microphone are required.
Hyflex courses are taught simultaneously face-to-face (on campus) and remotely via a web conferencing platform at the scheduled course times. The online portion is taught using Blackboard, and assignments have deadlines. Students choose whether to attend class sessions face-to-face, remote, or online and can change modalities at their discretion. Access to a camera and microphone are required.
Online courses are not self-paced; they begin the first day of the term and conclude at the end of the semester. Students must adhere to assignment due dates.
Distance learning courses cover the same material and carry the same number of credits as their traditional, face-to-face classroom counterparts and are subject to the same Academic Integrity Policies. Success in these courses requires the same mastery of competencies from students as in traditional, face-to-face courses. In order to succeed in distance learning courses, students must be self-disciplined, strongly motivated, willing to reach out to the instructor for help, and able to work independently.
The technical requirements for distance learning courses are:
- Regular access to a computer with Internet access,
- Familiarity with Internet browsers such as Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari,
- Familiarity with email, and
- Familiarity with and access to word processing software such as Microsoft Word.
Non-New Jersey Residents
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
Passaic County Community College is able to deliver online courses and programs via SARA. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, commonly known as SARA, provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. When states join SARA, they agree to follow uniform processes for approving their eligible institutions’ participation.
Complaint Resolution Procedure for Online Students
Students residing outside the state of New Jersey while enrolled in online courses and online programs at Passaic County Community College may submit a grievance to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) only after completing the complaint process established by Passaic County Community College.
1. Students in online courses and online programs who seek to file an academic grievance should follow the procedures found in the Student Handbook
2. If a student is unable to resolve the complaint through the institutional process, then the student may contact the State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE) and follow the Instructions for Filing a Complaint.
To find out more about SARA-related complaints, see the information at The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).
Passaic County Community College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.