In many ways, taking an online course is similar to a traditional face-to-face course. You will still have an instructor and fellow students in your class. All of the elements of a traditional course the syllabus, the course material, textbooks, lectures, discussions, tests and grades will be part of your online course. You can access the Blackboard system from any internet connected computer with Java 1.6.
Gateway Community College offers numerous online and hybrid courses using Blackboard, which is an online teaching system available to Connecticut Community College students. Blackboard allows instructors to post materials and communicate with students online.
The Distance Learning domain, dedicated to creating an effective and innovative online environment, facilitates Gateway Community College’s mission of providing high-quality instruction in an environment conducive to learning by offering students, faculty, and staff the highest level of global support for instructional technologies and online teaching/learning. Distance Learning (DL) personnel collaborate with local users and the ConnSCU system to establish and preserve design standards for the consistent presentation of course materials in online courses; they clarify as well expectations for student and faculty online interactions. DL personnel devise and deliver faculty trainings and student orientations on the Blackboard LMS to ensure these users’ competency with the available technologies. The domain strives to make Distance Learning an area of distinction at Gateway Community College.
Starting Out with Online Courses
Student Orientation Information
Online Course Selection
If you would like to see what courses are being offered online, for any given semester, go to the Connecticut Community College's myCommNet and:
click on Search for Courses (under the Other Public Resources section to the right)
click on the Gateway Term you're interested in.
Under Instruction Type, click HYBR (online and classroom), ONLN(fully online) or OLCR (online with campus requirement).
Follow the links to the Gateway schedules.
New Distance-Learning Only Students
Are you a new student who cannot come to campus and needs to register for an online class? If so, please click on this link for admissions, advisement, and registration information.
If you are taking your first online course, or your Professor uses Blackboard this spring or fall semester, we offer one-on-one appointments in the Distance Learning Office (N313) to aquaint you with Blackboard Learn.
To make an appointment, please send an email with your name, phone number, student id, and the date and time you are available to Robin DeJesus at firstname.lastname@example.org.