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ARC offers three different types of online learning: online, hybrid, and web-enhanced.
The video to the left, which was presented to the LRCCD Board of Trustees on April 11, 2012, provides an overview of distance education at American River College.
An online course is offered over the Internet. Typically, content is presented through web pages and class discussions using a combination of email, mailing lists, bulletin boards, chat rooms, or newsgroups. All class meetings, assignments, lectures and assessments are online (with the exception of orientation meetings or other face-to-face examinations as determined by the professor).
A hybrid course is taught online using similar web-based tools and Hybrid course activities as an online class. Some portion of the course meeting time is conducted online, and the remaining percentage of the class is conducted in a traditional classroom manner.
The class is taught face-to-face for 100% of the course meeting time, but classroom assignments and materials are supplemented with web-based activities. Examples are online projects, hand-outs and materials, online discussions, or online testing.
Online learning can be an exciting way to learn; it can also be challenging. Your success is directly tied to your effort and organization. It requires a high level of motivation and self-discipline, and you may spend more hours on coursework than you would if you took the same course in a classroom.
A current application for admission must be on file before a student can take a class. Students may register either online or by coming to the eServices office on campus.