How It Works
Online courses may be accessed on a variety of devices and platforms. Please ensure you have the following technical requirements:
- A relatively new computer (PC or Macintosh, less than three years old), webcam preferred.
- High speed Internet connection (cable modem, DSL, LAN, etc.)
Note: A mobile device may be used as a supplemental device to the computer for completing the requirements of online courses, but not as a substitute.
- A learning management system (Blackboard) account (provided)
- A College computer account (provided)
- Productivity software (e.g., Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Apple iWork)
- A Web browser compatible with the Blackboard system (e.g., Internet Explorer,Firefox)
- Relevant plug-ins (e.g., Flash player, QuickTime Player)
These items enable you to access your courses and to review course materials presented in a variety of formats. People with disabilities may also require a screen reader or speech recognition software. Courses at John Jay College are developed and delivered using the Blackboard learning management system. You may log in to Blackboard using your CUNY Portal account, or directly on the Blackboard login page.
Online learning is a great alternative for people who want to go back to school but can’t find the time. However it also requires a different set of skills to succeed.
- Time Management: You must devote the same amount of time to an online course as you would a campus course. It is important to note that there's no set class time; It is up to you to decide when to review the material and complete the assignments
- Writing: Unless videoconferencing is allowed, all your discussions and assignments will be submitted in writing and other forms of presentation. Your final grade will depend on your ability to write clear, organized thoughts, and to observe the rules of online etiquette.
- Technical Proficiency: Online courses take place exclusively online. If you lack basic computer skills, it’s recommended that you improve them before enrolling. Support and training are available from the College if you need additional assistance.
When you take classes on campus, you’re expected to attend regularly, complete assignments on time, join classroom discussions, and complete projects or exams to demonstrate your mastery of the material. The same is expected in online classes, only online and remotely.
Online courses are just as challenging as campus classes. You must read the required materials, complete the required assignments, and contribute to class discussions. Like in-person classes, the class is formatted and customized to fit the content and learning objectives.
Course activities are complete on your schedule. There will be deadlines for assignments and exams, but you can study where and when it’s most convenient. Also, because classroom discussions happen online in forums, discussion boards, social media, and other online channels, effective writing skills are necessary to participate.