FAQs - Distance Education
An online course is one delivered over the Internet using web pages, e-mail, online discussion forums, etc. Augusta Technical College offers a selection of full-credit college courses over the Internet as a flexible alternative to traditional, on-campus classes. Augusta Tech uses the Blackboard learning platform to deliver online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses.
Online courses cover the same content as their traditional counterparts on campus. Class sizes are limited so that instructors can provide the same level of personal interactions as they do in the traditional classroom. This personal interaction is accomplished using e-mail, online discussion forums and other technologies available to instructors and students
Students "attend" online courses by accessing the class web pages and completing assignments according to the class schedule. Students communicate regularly with the instructor and classmates via e-mail and online discussion forums.
Augusta Technical College's online courses are not self-paced, independent study courses. Students are required to complete assignments according to the class schedule, to maintain regular contact with the instructor, and to participate in online class discussions.
Taking a course over the Internet requires the ability to work independently and to devise your own regular schedule for "attending" class and completing assignments. Badge Training is required prior to registration for an online course. In Badge, you will be able to determine whether you have the skills and temperate necessary to thrive online.
A desktop or laptop computer with reliable internet access. Blackboard has an app for viewing classes on a mobile device, but tests and assignments must be done on a computer. Note: Some courses may have additional hardware/software requirements. Please contact the instructors of each course listing for special requirements.
All courses require at least 1, and up to 3, proctored events on-campus. Out of state students may request to have events proctored at a testing center in that state.
You are required to keep up with the class schedule and to complete assignments before specified due dates. Some classes may have several due dates each week; others may require work once per week. You can choose the time of day or night you want to log on to the Internet to work on an assignment, but you must complete it and submit it by the specified date and time.
After you have completed Badge, use the dynamic schedule in Smartweb to register. The instructions for the dynamic schedule are located in the left sidebar.
Online courses cost the same as traditional Augusta Technical College courses -- they are priced according to the number of credit hours. Credit hours are listed in the catalogue for each class.
NOTICE: Some online/hybrid courses use books that require an "Access Key." This Access Key is ONLY available with new books, or purchased directly from the publisher. It is your responsibility to check with the instructor of your online course to determine if the course will require an Access Key. Please do this before you purchase your books for online/hybrid classes.