Distance Learning

Blue Ridge Community College values the opportunities for access that distance learning provides for its students, and it views distance education as an important aspect of educational access. The College offers distance learning courses in a variety of disciplines, and many classroom-based courses incorporate distance learning technology to enhance student learning. 

Distance education is identified as any formal education process in which the majority (50% or more) of instruction in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. To meet the needs of students, BRCC offers students the option to enroll in courses entirely online (except for one or more proctored assessments), as well as hybrid and seated courses. These courses are a great option for students who want the flexibility to complete courses at home, work, or even at the College, around their schedule. Students should expect to use electronic mail, word processing, and Web browsing software in these courses.

In the course schedule,

  • Courses coded with a “V” meet entirely online except for one or more proctored assessments.
  • Courses coded with an “H” meet online more than 50% of the time with some face-to-face meetings.
  • Courses coded with an “S” meet online less than or equal to 50% of the time, but meet face-to-face less than 100% of the time. These courses are not considered Distance Learning courses.

Interactive video is a technology that uses live, two-way video connections to send and receive courses and programs between Blue Ridge Community College and other educational institutions. Although students attend interactive video classes on campus in the Commonwealth Classroom, courses received by the College are actually offered by other colleges in the state. Therefore, students access these courses using the admission and registration procedures of the sending institution. This program allows students to access courses and programs not normally offered at Blue Ridge Community College.

Proctoring Procedures

Students who live outside the BRCC service area may make arrangements to take the test at any other college, university, military testing center, or through our online proctoring service, Software Secure’s RPNow, if it is available in your course. Proctors cannot be a family member, friend, employer, or someone whom you work with. You should allow at least 5 business days for processing of a proctored request. Proctors will not be approved based solely on student preference. BRCC reserves the right to reject requests or proctors for any reason.

Student Responsibilities

Students who take tests at another testing center must:

  • Locate the appropriate testing center and complete the Proctor Request Form. (You should do this at the beginning of the semester.)
  • Complete the appropriate Proctor Request Form.
  • Present a photo ID.
  • Pay any fees associated with proctoring at the chosen site.
  • Provide a stamped envelope to the testing center to return the test.

Students who take tests through Software Secure must:

  • Notify your instructor and schedule the assessment with Software Secure.
  • Provide student data such as, name, address, email address, phone number, institution/course, and credit card information.
  • Present a photo ID.
  • Have a reliable Internet connection and webcam.
  • Provide audio and 3600 video recordings of exam-room environment.
  • Pay fees associated with proctoring through Software Secure.

Software Secure adheres to all of the obligations and requirements listed under FERPA and the United States – European Union Safe Harbor Framework.

Additional information about distance learning classes, including a listing of computer skills required for successful completion of Internet-based courses, can be found online at http://www.brcc.edu/academics/dl/index.html.