Expectations for Online and Hybrid Students

Featuring exceptional faculty, our online courses meet the same high academic standards of our on-campus courses. Choose from our flexible semester schedules and take a course or earn your degree from anywhere. Below are the expectations, requirements and resources that will help you succeed in a non-traditional learning environment.

Online students must have:

How an online class works

  • Use your NetID (Hawkmail email account) to access your course on the first day of class through the Canvas link in MyHCC;  
  • Read all course communication (announcements, emails, etc.), instructor contact information, Start Here/Orientation Module, and the syllabus.
  • Set your Canvas notification preferences to make sure you are notified in the manner that is best for you.
  • Complete assignments during the first week of class. Per federal regulations, you will be withdrawn for non-attendance if you do not submit work within the first week of class. Withdrawal for non-attendance affects your financial aid status.
  • Log into your course at least 3 times a week to see all communication, participate in activities and complete work on time.  
  • Contact your instructor right away with any concerns, via phone, through Canvas or Hawkmail email.

How a hybrid class works

For those of you not ready for a fully online course, HCC offers hybrid courses that brings combine in person and online delivery. Hybrid courses (also known as blended courses) replace a portion of traditional face-to-face instruction with web-based online learning (e.g., video lectures, online discussions, or activities). The purpose of a hybrid course is to take advantage of the best features of both face-to-face and online learning. Typically, hybrid courses will meet 50 percent of the time in the classroom and 50 percent online.

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Online Course Readiness

Online courses have many benefits, but being easier isn't one of them; online courses are rigorous. Students need strong time management and organizational skills and must be proficient with technology. To see if online learning is a good fit for you, take the free HCC readiness assessment.

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Computer Software Recommendations

  • Google Chrome is the recommended browser. Allow pop-up windows and cookies from all HCC websites. JavaScript should be enabled and Java Runtime Environment installed.
  • Windows 10 and Office 365 or Office 2016. HCC students can install Office 365 for free. 
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player or Flash Player. 


Am I Ready for Online Courses?

This online quiz will help you determine if you're ready for taking online courses, and what you can do to prepare.

Benefits of Online Learning

Learn more about the benefits of taking online courses and advancing your career.

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