What is a Hybrid/Online course?

A Hybrid/Online course combines classroom meetings and online instruction. Students enrolled in a Hybrid/Online course come to campus at scheduled times and meet face-to-face with their professors and fellow students. The number of on-campus meetings varies - some only meet once a month while others may meet every week. Other course work assignments, discussion, group work, etc. is accomplished through the Internet, using Blackboard. Students interact online to receive information about assignments, send homework, participate in class discussions, and conduct research. View Our Programs and Courses

Why take a Hybrid/Online course?

Taking a Hybrid/Online course requires fewer trips to campus for regularly scheduled class times. This can mean less travel time to and from class and less money spent on transportation costs. Sometimes it is difficult for a student with family responsibilities to be able to commit to a regular face-to-face class schedule, so taking a Hybrid/Online course provides more flexibility with regard to the student's time. Hybrid/Online courses make a great combination: flexibility that comes with online classes, but also the sense of community that is found when attending face-to-face classes and meeting the instructor and fellow classmates. Hybrid/Online classes provide the best of both worlds.

What is expected of me?

To be successful in your Hybrid/Online course, you are expected to:

  • Have an Owl Link account. (You must have logged in to Owl Link and reset your password.)
  • Have access to a computer with Internet service and a PGCC student email account
  • Attend all of the scheduled face-to-face class meetings
  • Participate regularly in the online portions of the class
  • Plan to ensure enough time to study and complete assignments
  • Commit six to nine 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 (see below) before 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, a PGCC student email address, and the appropriate software. 

Checklist for Starting your Hybrid/Online Course
  1. Register for your course.
  2. Confirm orientation date, time, and location, if applicable.
  3. Check course dates and deadlines. Online classes begin when campus classes start.
  4. Verify the on-campus meeting times of your Hybrid/Online Course.
  5. Visit your instructor's web page for information about the course requirements and materials and pertinent information about how to access the course.
  6. Be sure you have internet access and your PGCC student email account activated before the start date of the course.
  7. Resolve any technical problems before the class starts, as technical issues are generally not accepted as an excuse for late or incomplete work in an online course. You may contact eLearning Services for assistance.
  8. Know how to logon to Blackboard. Please note: you will be able to login to Blackboard no later than the day after you register, but your course will not be available to you until four days before the start date of your course.
  9. Purchase your textbook.


Other Course Formats


Using a computer at home, work, or a public place, you will log in to class to receive course information, view course content, submit assignments, and have discussions with your instructor and fellow students. Read More


During the summer and fall 2020 semesters, when PGCC campus locations closed due to COVID-19, classes are transitioned to remote instruction. Read More

Accelerated Online

Accelerated Online courses are online courses offered in a condensed time frame. They offer additional flexibility for your schedule because they are shorter in duration than full-semester courses. Accelerated Online courses contain the same amount of coursework as full-semester online courses. Consider choosing an Accelerated Online course if you cannot commit to a full semester course schedule. Read More

Enhanced On-Campus

Regardless of course format, PGCC makes it easy for students to stay on track by communicating with their professors, submitting completed assignments, accessing grades, and more using Blackboard, the College's online course management system.  Read More