What if I need academic assistance or tutoring when taking an online class?

Although you may be taking an online class, you may secure study skills assistance or live tutoring on either Black Hawk College campuses during scheduled hours or you may access our online tutoring service 24/7 through myBlackHawk, the college’s student portal.

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What is the process I will follow in making sure my online class is accessible?

Take your class schedule to the Disability Services office to review for any needed accommodations. The DS Coordinator will contact the Teaching/Learning Center to determine if the online class you plan to take is ready to receive a student with the particular accessibility needs that you have.  If it isn’t yet, they will work with […]

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How might my disability affect my ability to learn online?

Visual impairments If you have a documented visual impairment, you are likely aware of what kinds of accessibility issues affect your ability to read or view images online. You may even utilize assistive technology already, such as Jaws, ZoomText, or a CCTV. Online courses sometimes create additional challenges because the technology used on an online […]

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Is online learning for me?

Many students think that taking an online course will be easier because it reduces the need to travel to campus, you can study at times that fit your personal or work schedule, and all course materials will be easily accessible online from home. However, learning online offers its own set of challenges. The following questions […]

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Do I need to talk to an advisor about scheduling an online class?

It is always wise to consult with an advisor when selecting your courses for a new term. Once you have determined that you have the required prerequisite courses and that the online class you are interested in will count toward the degree or certificate you are pursuing, your advisor will assist you in making contact with […]

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Do any online classes require campus visits?

Many online classes require one or more proctored exams. These can be taken on the Black Hawk College campus according to the schedule provided to you by your instructor, or you can make arrangements with the Testing Center to secure a proctor outside of the college’s district. Please allow additional time, if possible, so that the Testing Center […]

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What level of computer skills do I need for online learning?

It is not necessary to have a high level of computer proficiency, but you should have some computer experience navigating the Internet, using e-mail, and using a word-processing program. Reasonable typing speed will also be helpful, as in addition to typing assignments, you will be typing emails, postings to online discussions, etc. See the Orientation to […]

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Do I need access to particular software?

You can make sure your home or office computer has the basic system and software setup required  for BHC’s online courses by making sure your browser is up to date or try another Canvas recommended browsers (Links to an external site.) You may also need accessibility software that will help you access online course materials. BHC is […]

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Based on your needs, do you want to take online credit or non-college credit classes?

If you want to pursue a degree, you must take college credit classes, listed in the online schedule and described in the catalog. Black Hawk College, through its Outreach Center, makes available 6-week non-college credit courses, certificate programs, and job skill training, all online. For further information, visit the Business and Community Education Center current […]

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Do I need my own computer and Internet access?

If you do not own a computer or have Internet access at home or at work, you can still take an online course using computers in the labs at either the East or Quad Cities campuses during their open hours; however, you will be on the computer many hours each week and the labs are […]

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