Online Learning

Student studying a paper next to a laptop.

What are Online Courses?

Online courses offer greater convenience and flexibility for learners with busy or irregular schedules, permitting them to continue their educational goals while working or raising a family. Online can be a great option for the place-bound student, or for those with transportation challenges or long commutes.

For most online courses, all instruction takes place through the campus learning management system - Blackboard. Some online courses require students to complete their exams within a proctored environment or testing center. 

While online courses can be more convenient, students may find them more challenging than the traditional classroom. Online courses are not self-paced, but follow the same schedule as face-to-face classes, with weekly assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc. The successful online learner is self-motivated, organized, possesses good study habits and time management skills.

What is a Virtual Course?

Virtual classes meet online at specific times. Online meeting dates and times will be listed on the class schedule. Virtual classes are for students who prefer to interact with faculty and other students, offering set class times and add consistency and structure, without the need to come to campus.

What are Hybrid Courses?

Hybrid courses are courses that take place both on-campus and online. The regularly scheduled classroom instruction is reduced by as much as fifty percent of the contact hours for the course. It is important to note that although the classroom time is reduced, students can expect to spend more time studying online.

Interested in taking an online class?

Before enrolling in an online course, it is important to read the course description or speak with an academic advisor to discuss goal setting, time management, and technology requirements. New to distance learning students are encouraged to complete an Introduction to Distance Learning orientation before they enroll in an online or hybrid class.

Ready to register for an online course?

Check out the Class Search tool for an quick way to see what courses are available. Please use the Online Center to register. If you are not currently a GRCC student, contact the Admissions and Enrollment Center to get started.

Can't find the online course you need?

GRCC offers many courses online, however, if there is a course that we do not currently offer, you have the option of taking the online course from one of the other community colleges in Michigan. All courses and credits are easily and seamlessly transferred. 

For a list of courses available this semester through Michigan Colleges Online, please visit the MCO website.