Video Enhanced Online (VEO) Courses
What is a Video Enhanced Online course?
Video Enhanced Online courses combine online instruction with a video component. Students enrolled in a Video Enhanced Online course meet with their professors and fellow students in a virtual (online) classroom. Course work (assignments, discussion, group work, etc.) is accomplished through the Internet. Students interact online to receive information about assignments, send homework, participate in class discussions, and conduct research.
Why take a Video Enhanced Online course?
Video Enhanced Online courses at PGCC offer additional flexibility for students to access video-based course material. In addition, Video Enhanced Online courses provide opportunities to further the student's educational goals by enhancing access to instructors, course materials, and class discussions via Blackboard, an online course management system.
What is the delivery format for a Video Enhanced Online course?
Video Enhanced Online students view lessons on a weekly schedule and communicate with the instructor and other students via the Internet using Blackboard.
There are several options to access the video material for your course: PGCC Cable, MPT, College Library, Rental, and in some cases - videostreaming.
- View courses on Prince George's Community College's Television channels at their regularly scheduled times through Comcast on channel 75 and at Andrews Air Force Base on channel 53.
- View some of the courses on Maryland Public Television (WMPT-TV), channel 22. Please NOTE: WMPT-TV has its own starting and ending dates and air times.
- View courses by renting the course videotapes or DVDs (if available). You can rent most of the courses from RMI Media Productions, educational video distributor, for $55 to $60, and a 2-3 day delivery. Call RMI 1-800-745-5480 or check their website: http://www.rmimedia.com.
- View courses in the college library, during scheduled library hours. The videos are viewed in the library only and cannot be checked out. There is no fee.
- View courses streamed over the Internet for an access fee. Visit http://www.rmimedia.com for details about videostreaming.
What is expected of me?
To be successful in your online course, you are expected to:
- Have an Owl Link account. (You must have logged into Owl Link and reset your password.)
- Have access to a computer with Internet service and an email account
- Log in regularly to your classes, usually three to five times per week (or more)
- Plan to ensure enough time to study and complete assignments
- Commit 6 - 9 hours per week per three-credit class
- Enjoy communicating in writing and reading the writing of others
- "Speak up" to your instructors when problems arise
- Be willing to take responsibility for your learning
- Be able to learn easily from reading and writing
- Know how to use technology properly
- Read and write well
- Be comfortable addressing problems at a distance
- Have good time management skills to follow a schedule for finishing readings and assignments
- Have good research skills, including how to effectively use the Internet
- Have the ability to work well cooperatively, even when your communication is restricted to email or online chat
- Complete the Checklist for Starting your Online Course (at the bottom of this page) prior to beginning your course
What software and equipment will I need?
To take an online course you will need access to a computer that is connected to the Internet, Internet access, an email address, and the appropriate software.
- Pentium Class computer with 128MB RAM or Macintosh system 7.5 (or better)
- Minimum 50MB free disk space (for assignments, course materials, etc.)
- A modem or other device capable of connecting to the Internet at a speed of 56 kbps (or faster).
- Broadband (DSL, Cable, FIOS) is highly recommended.
- NOTE: The minimum requirements suggested here for hardware and software are those that will allow you to use all the features of the Blackboard learning environment, however, a slow modem and computer may be frustratingly slow to use and may prevent you from using some interactive features of your online course.
- Windows operating system (95, 98, 2000, NT, XP, or Vista)
- Web browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher) or Mozilla Firefox 1.5 (or higher)
- Internet Service Provider software (i.e. AOL, MSN)
- E-mail program (i.e. AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.)
- Word Processing program (Microsoft Word is the college standard)
- Virus Protection software kept current with updates (i.e. Norton's Antivirus, McAfee)
- Some classes may have specific class requirements for additional software. These requirements will be listed on the course information page.
- Register for your course.
- Confirm orientation date, time and location, if applicable.
- Check course dates and deadlines. Online classes begin when campus classes begin.
- Visit your instructor's web page for information about the course requirements and materials and pertinent information about how to access the course.
- Be sure you have internet access and an e-mail account set up before the start date of the course.
- Resolve any technical problems before the class starts, as technical problems are generally not accepted as an excuse for late or incomplete work in an online course. You may contact eLearning Services for assistance.
- Know how to logon to Blackboard. Please note: you will be able to login to Blackboard five days prior to the start date of your course.
- Purchase your textbook.