Keep learning at CCBC

At CCBC, we know your time is valuable and so are your classes. Because the Coronavirus has forced us to change the way we deliver courses, we want to make sure you understand what is expected of you and how to access the resources you'll need to keep learning. CCBC will continue to provide quality instruction to its students regardless of the delivery method.


General guidance:

Check CCBC website and email

Make sure to revisit the CCBC website for updates to any class, department, or college-wide announcements.

Communicate with your faculty members using the email on the syllabus and check both your personal and CCBC emails regularly. Login to Blackboard often and check all of your courses.

Review course adjustments

Your faculty will specifically define any updated expectations for your course through Blackboard. Using a desktop or laptop computer is the best way to complete your work in Blackboard.

While it is not supported by CCBC for full use in your courses, you can download the Blackboard app and use it for the basics, such as checking your grade, checking announcements, etc.

Assess technology needs

We understand that a sudden transition from campus-based classes to online learning may be challenging for some, particularly students that have not previously taken online classes.

Be assured of our faculty’s willingness to work with you and provide any reasonable accommodations to support you during this temporary change in the instruction method.

Students with technology access issues at home are to start planning now, and are encouraged to communicate early with your instructor regarding any course access concerns.


Software basics:

Blackboard Learn

CCBC uses the Blackboard learning management system to allow online students to access lessons, submit assignments, participate in class discussions and more. You may have already been using Blackboard in your campus based classes as well.

Blackboard is designed for desktop or laptop computer-based Windows and Macintosh operating systems. Students are encouraged not to use Chrome OS (the operating system for Chromebooks), which is not compatible with some Blackboard functionality. Likewise, mobile devices can supplement your online learning experience, but because all Blackboard functionality is not available on mobile devices, you cannot rely solely on them to successfully complete courses.

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View the Blackboard tutorial»

Zoom

Zoom is a widely used video conferencing software that allows students and instructors to meet online. If you need to use Zoom for a course, your instructor will let you know and will invite you to the online meeting by providing a link.

View the Zoom tutorial»

Office 365

As a CCBC student, you have access to Microsoft Office 365 applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams through a web browser.


You can also download and install the full versions of these Office 365 applications on your personal PC or Mac.

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Other software needs

If you need additional software for your classes, visit the CCBC Helpdesk to submit a ticket. CCBC Information Technology staff will respond as soon as possible, but please expect significant delays due to the current situation.


Questions about remote and alternative instruction:

How do I access online instruction?

Students should login to Blackboard for details from instructors regarding remote and alternative instruction.

For problems logging into Blackboard, call the Helpdesk at 443-840-HELP.

What if I do not have internet access at home?

Keeping students safe is our first priority. Of course we also want you to be able to complete the semester successfully, if possible. If technology is a concern, call 443.840.2222 (CCBC).

If internet service at home is an issue for you, consider these resources:

Free internet and Wi-Fi from Charter Spectrum Broadband for 60 days
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
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Free internet access for 60 days through Comcast Internet Essentials
Qualifying low income families can apply to receive 60 days of free internet service, regularly $9.95 month through this program.
Learn more and apply»

Free access to the Xfinity national Wi-Fi network
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
Learn more»
Find a Wi-Fi hotspot near you»

How will I complete coursework that is not conducive to an online format, e.g., nursing labs, automotive, etc.?

Instructors will provide instruction and guidance in completing coursework that would normally be hands-on.

My Continuing Education class has stopped meeting. How will the remainder be handled?

We are currently assessing our suspended face-to-face Continuing Education classes for alternative delivery options or a reschedule date.

For those classes that cannot complete in an alternate delivery method, we are looking into the best way to refund or offer a future course credit.

Please email the Continuing Education Call & Information Center with any specific questions you have at ceed@ccbcmd.edu or call 443-840-4700.