2018-2019 College Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Online Learning

Welcome to online learning at Bay College! Online courses are a great way for you to work towards a degree, anywhere, anytime. Most students enjoy the convenience of online courses. The online course environment allows you to work on your classes from the comfort of your home, at work, or on the go. Our online courses are taught by experienced instructors, certified to teach online.

Bay College students can complete 100% of their Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science-Business and Business Administration degrees completely online and 75% of required courses for the Associate of Science (AS) degree online. We also offer an Accounting certificate completely online. In some courses, students take the lectures online and proctored exams online (web recorded) or come to campus to take the exams in a secure environment. A variety of delivery modes and technical approaches offered at Bay College develop students’ critical thinking skills and their flexibility in engaging in a wide range of communication modes.

Student Services staff and Academic Advisors at Bay College can help you determine if the program in which you are interested is already fully online, if that program is scheduled to be fully online in the near future, or how many classes in that program are currently available online.

Mandatory Online Learning Orientation

In order to better prepare you for online learning courses, all new online learning students will be required to complete an orientation course in Blackboard online. If you have successfully completed a completely online course at Bay College in the last three years, you are not required to complete the orientation. This course will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete and must be completed in order for you to have access to your online courses. As soon as you register as a new online student you will automatically be enrolled in the Online Learning Orientation course in Blackboard. You can complete this course at any time, after you register, and it should be completed far in advance of the beginning of the semester. After you complete this course, it will take 24 hours to log your completion status and give you access to your online courses.

Bay de Noc Community College is committed to implement the Quality Matters™ standards for the design of online and hybrid courses, and we are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters™ standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. More information regarding Quality Matters™ may be found at www.qmprogram.org.

What exactly is an online course?

Online Course Definition:

Course content is delivered 100% online; however, some courses may require students to take tests in a *proctored webrecorded or classroom or computer lab setting.

* Proctored Exams for online courses: You will be required to use Respondus Monitor (web-recorded) for proctored exams or go to the testing center at the Escanaba or West campus or an alternate proctored location. Please contact your instructor if you need assistance locating an approved location. There may be a cost associated with the proctoring, which is your responsibility.

Hybrid Course Definition:

A portion of the course is face-to-face. The remainder is taught online.

Traditional Course Definition:

The traditional course is where the instructor meets face-to-face with the student for all contact hours of the course. However, the student in a traditional course may be required to use the Internet to access online assignments, virtual tours, course documents, learning artifacts, assignment directions, instructor notices/communications and assessments.

Online Learning Student Support Structure

Online Support

Please e-mail onlinehelp@baycollege.edu or call (906) 217-4276 to get support with all your online learning needs. This is a system that connects all the online learning employees at once to help you.

Edie Erickson is an instructional designer and can help you with online learning issues. She works directly with students and faculty to troubleshoot technical issues related to Blackboard and MyBay. Edie can be contacted by phone at (906) 217-4266, or by e-mail at edie.erickson@baycollege.edu. Edie’s office is #846 in the HUB.

Joseph Mold is the Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design at Bay College and can also be contacted for support. Joseph can be contacted by phone at 906-217-4246, or by email at moldj@baycollege.edu. Joseph’s office is #844 in the HUB.

Technical Support

For help with any of your online learning needs please contact Online Help.

Online Help
email: onlinehelp@baycollege.edu
Phone: (906) 217-4276

Edie Erickson
Instructional Designer
email: edie.erickson@baycollege.edu
Phone: (906) 217-4255

Joseph Mold
Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design
email: moldj@baycollege.edu
Phone: (906) 217-4246