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Online & Hybrid Classes

During Spring 2021, the College will offer several different modes of instruction to better accommodate your access to educational opportunities and your academic success.

These course options listed below have the same workload (homework, quizzes, assignments, tests, deadlines, etc.) as in-person classes and our faculty have been trained in these modalities. Our learning management system (Canvas) is used to provide a range of information and content depending on the instructor and/or delivery method.

To be successful in courses with an online component, you need to be:

  • highly organized
  • good at managing your time
  • self-motivated and able to work on your own
  • a strong reader and writer

Canvas coursework can be completed via a computer or mobile device, as well, however we do recommend using a computer for any exams or quizzes your instructor may require.  

Online Courses

You can choose the time of day to work on the course to complete assignments by due dates and times.  Faculty interact with students through assignments, discussion posts, email, and office hours.

Hybrid Courses (HY)**

These courses combine in-person and online learning in a hybrid class. The in-person elements will have specified days, times, locations, campus locations, and attendance is expected. All other coursework will be completed online using Canvas to complement the in-person elements.

Online Synchronous (OS)**

These courses combine delivery of content using Canvas AND interaction of synchronous, scheduled meeting times using Zoom that are required. Live Zoom sessions can be attended via a computer or a mobile device with a strong internet connection. You are required to meet online with your class and instructor during scheduled days and times.  All other coursework is completed online using Canvas. 

HyFlex (FX)**

You can choose to come to campus at the day and time listed on the schedule; stay home, watch and participate in a live stream through Zoom, or watch the recorded class before the next course session.  

Open Learning (OL)**

You can choose to complete lab hours, and meet with a facilitator, either by an appointment in the Business Technology Learning Center, or to participate virtually through Zoom. The content for this course will be completed using Canvas.   

Your computer must:

  1. Run the most recent version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome (Internet Explorer and Safari do not work well for online/hybrid courses at HCC)
  2. Be able to view real-time video
  3. Have a dependable Internet connection (signal loss may result in incomplete work submission). DSL and wireless connections are not always reliable.

If you need access to technology for any of your courses, please contact Success Connections at successconnections@heartland.edu  

Requirements

  • It is easier to be successful in an online class if you are comfortable using technology. You need proficiency with email and other general software tools like Internet browsers and Microsoft Office.

    Canvas is our learning management system that houses course information online. We offer a variety of support services for Canvas.

    Contact Tutoring Services (815.310.5611; Tutoring@heartland.edu) for questions or help with Canvas or your course materials. 

  • Completing online or hybrid courses requires a reliable desktop or laptop computer. Your computer must:

    • run the most recent version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome (Internet Explorer and Safari do not work well for online/hybrid courses at HCC)
    • be able to view streaming video
    • have a dependable Internet connection (signal loss may result in incomplete work submission). DSL and wireless connections are not always reliable.

    If you need access to technology for any of your courses, please contact Success Connections at successconnections@heartland.edu  

    Smartphones and tablets can't be used to access or complete some online activities such as tests and quizzes.

  • Fees vary between classes. Check the course schedule for more details.
** If needed, due to social distancing requirements enacted by the State of Illinois and/or federal agencies, class format may change.