Skills Required

Students enrolled in courses available through the Internet need to be comfortable with basic computer skills, such as the ability to utilize a web  browser like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari or Chrome; send/receive e-mails. Knowledge of Microsoft Office components like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher - and the ability to upload or download documents and files - are all part of a typical online course.

Students who do not have access to a computer at home may use computers on campus. Computers are available on the Charlestown campus in the Center for Self-Directed Learning (Room H165) or Academic Computing (Room D111).

BHCConline has been a leader in developing innovative methods of instructional delivery by offering the convenience and flexibility of distance education courses and a greater course selection to facilitate student success.

Studies indicate that successful distance education learners are usually mature, self-motivated, independent learners with excellent time management skills. Students who require flexible schedules and do not require traditional lecture based classes are also excellent candidates. Distance education courses involve the same (and at times, greater) academic rigor as the traditional college class. Like traditional classes, they are fully accredited and transferable to other institutions. Because teaching and learning in an electronic environment is relatively new, and chances are that this will be a new experience for many students, willingness to consider an alternative educational experience should be discussed with an academic advisor, faculty member, or a member of the BHCConline staff.