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Frequently Asked Questions about Distance Learning and BlackBoard
Q: My classes are not showing on BlackBoard. It says I am not enrolled in any classes or it is only showing previous courses.
A: Our Distance Learning Courses do not open until the beginning of the term. Also the process to get you in Bb courses takes 24-48 hours after you register for a class. If it is after the beginning of the term and you registered for classes more than 48 hours ago, you should contact our BbSupport. (Please be sure to indicate which course is missing).
Q: Not all of my classes are listed on BlackBoard.
A: All Distance Learning courses should be shown on BlackBoard. If you have a class that is not showing (and you registered for the class more that 48 hours ago) please contact our BbSupport. (Please be sure to indicate which course is missing). Not all instructors use BlackBoard for traditional (in class) courses, therefore some of your traditional courses will not show in Bb.
Q: I still have classes showing from previous terms.
A: Bb courses will continue to have you enrolled in them for one year beyond the end of the class. This is required for our record keeping. You can hide those courses by clicking on the "little wheel (gear)" icon on the upper right of the "My BlackBoard Courses" box. Then clear all the check boxes to the right of the course(s) you no longer wish to see. Then scroll down and click Submit.
Q: When I log in to BlackBoard it still shows me as attending another Virginia Community College.
A: Our BlackBoard system is shared with by all 23 Virginia Community Colleges. Your PHCC courses will still show once they are available. If you wish to change your BlackBoard school affiliation so that you receive PHCC news and information please follow these steps:
- Login to the myPHCC/myVCCS page (http://my.vccs.edu)
- Choose VCCS SIS: Student Information System
- On the Self Service page – choose “Campus Personal Information”
- Then choose “User Preferences”
- Change the Institution to “Patrick Henry Community College”
- Click [SAVE]
Q: My classes are showing on BlackBoard. However, every time I go into a course it only shows me the Announcements/Home Page and will not show me the links to the course content.
A: You have turned off your menu on your courses OR you are going to the wrong place from the My BlackBoard Courses Module.
Q: I have changed my password and can login to myPHCC but BlackBoard still asks me to log in again.
A: The process of changing your password can take up to 30 minutes to roll across to all servers.
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Distance learning at Patrick Henry Community College is defined as a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction occurs when student and instructor are not in the same place. Distance learning courses at PHCC enable students to achieve their educational goals by delivering academically sound courses and educational support services that are flexible and responsive. Courses are designed for students who are unable to travel to the main campus or who need to work independently to pursue academic goals outside the traditional classroom setting. Distance learning courses are equivalent academically to traditional courses, and many meet general education and transfer requirements.
Students can take a single course or earn a degree or certificate through distance learning. However, distance learning is NOT for everyone; it requires a strong student commitment. Successful distance learning students are self-disciplined, self-aware, motivated, good readers, and possess good learning and study strategies.
All PHCC distance learning courses are web-based. Therefore, distance learning students must have access to the internet. PHCC provides a number of computer labs with this access. Distance learning courses are listed in the class schedule and can be identified by the words “Distance Learning” in place of the days. Students enrolling in any distance learning course should have their textbooks and other required material purchased by the beginning of class.
Shared Services Distance Learning
PHCC offers Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL) courses through Northern Virginia Community College's Extended Learning Institute (ELI). Students can take unique online courses that offer a broader choice of career and educational content. These shared courses can also help students who have just a few course requirements to complete a degree. Students register and pay through PHCC and enjoy all of the same campus resources.