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General Questions about Online & Hybrid Learning

Question Answer
How does an online course work?

Will I ever need to come to campus?

What is a hybrid course?

Which courses are offered online?

How do I enroll?
Just like traditional on-campus courses, all online courses are taught by an instructor with whom you communicate on a regular basis. Most courses require you to login to the Learning Management System (such as Blackboard or Canvas) frequently to read content and presentations, submit assignments, take quizzes, tests, and exams, participate in discussions, and more. You should expect to log in several times each week. Most courses also have textbook requirements.

Fully online courses are conducted fully online, with no required on-campus meetings (although the instructor may offer optional on-campus meetings).

A hybrid course is an online course with any number of required on-campus meetings. Check the schedule notes for the specific class section for the dates and times of the required meetings.

Online & Hybrid courses are listed in the class schedule among all of the other courses within each subject area. How to search for classes/enroll/begin. Online and Hybrid courses will have a special note in the section comments such as "This is an online course" or "This is a hybrid course which meets on the following dates..." Online sections are denotes with the sections such as ON1, ON2, ON3, ON4, or EN1 (the E is for short-term classes), etc. Hybrid sections will be denoted with an H in the section.

Enrollment in online and hybrid courses follows the same registration process as regular courses, by way of CLASS-Web. How to search for classes/enroll/begin.
Whom do I contact/Where do I go if I need help with online courses?
Do online courses fulfill General Education requirements?

Are they transferable?
In general, online courses fulfill the same general education and transferability requirements as regular courses, but there are exceptions. To find out if a specific course meets GE or transferability requirements, check the Counseling office GE and transferability lists.
Are online courses easier than regular courses? Students often have the misconception that online courses are easier than regular on-campus courses or do not require textbooks. Not true! Online courses go through an additional review process and can be just as demanding, if not more so, than regular courses. Just like traditional courses, the level of ease/difficulty of the course depends on many factors, such as how the instructor designed the course and and the learning style of the student.

To be successful in an online course, students must have the discipline to stay on track with coursework. You don't necessarily need to be very technical to succeed in an online course, but you must have your own email account. You also need to be able to navigate the Internet and know how to send email with attachments.

Find out more on our orientation page.
I'm trying to add, but the class is full or has already begun. What can I do?
Prior to the class starting, you will have to keep checking CLASS-Web in case any students have dropped the class. Once the course begins, you can contact the instructor (campus directory) to find out if he or she is adding additional students. If the instructor is adding additional students, he/she needs to provide you with a four-digit add-authorization number which CLASS-Web will ask for when you try to register for the class. If it is an online course, you can try emailing the instructor. If it is an on-campus course, try attending the first class meeting.
Are there computer labs on campus available for me to use? Please visit our drop-in help page.
How do I find books for my online class?

Your instructor will let you know what textbooks to use (if any) by contacting you before the course officially begins or once the course has begun, usually via the syllabus. The easiest place to find your textbook for a class at Chabot is the Chabot College Bookstore. You can order most books and supplies online. For more info, you should contact the Chabot College Bookstore.

What is the drop policy for online/hybrid courses? For complete information on drop policies and procedures, please consult the Chabot College Catalog.

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