Learning Online @ BTC
Flexible Learning Options
Bellingham Technical College supports the success of its students by providing flexible learning opportunities.
Online courses are 100% available on the web. In online courses, students use the internet and technology to connect with instructors and classmates and to complete all coursework. Most of BTC's online courses are offered through Canvas, BTC's Learning Management System (LMS). Some online courses require students to come to campus for meetings or exams, so be sure to check the requirements for the course when you register.
Hybrid courses are a mixture of online and face-to-face teaching and learning. The amount of online work depends on the course, so be sure to check the course description when you register.
Web-Enhanced courses are face-to-face classes that meet like a traditional class, but some components of the class are available online.
Canvas is BTC's Learning Management System (LMS). Most online, hybrid and web-enhanced classes at BTC are available in Canvas. Take a look at Canvas 101 for a short tutorial that will introduce you to Canvas's basic features and technology requirements. Log in to Canvas.
Is Online Learning Right for Me?
Online learning offers flexibility for students who have busy schedules outside of school. Successful online students are comfortable using computers and basic internet technologies, are organized and motivated to work independently, and are willing to ask questions and connect with teachers and classmates online. Check out Learning to Learn Online, a short tutorial course, to find out how ready you are to be an online student.
You'll need access to a stable internet connection and a reliable, fairly modern computer or laptop for the best online learning experience. The Canvas app for mobile devices is a great supplemental learning tool, too, although most online courses cannot be completed via mobile access alone.
Some courses require a webcam or other accessories to participate in the course. Be sure to check course requirements when you register. Your course syllabus will contain this information, as well.
For specific details on technology requirements for Canvas, including recommended browsers and operating systems, take a look at the Canvas Student Guide.
Zero Week - What is it?
Zero Week is an orientation week for online courses. Courses are opened one week before the quarter begins so you can log in to Canvas and get comfortable with the online learning environment. You should be able to see all of your online or hybrid courses listed in Canvas during Zero week, although you may not be able to access anything inside them until the quarter officially begins.
Please be sure to read and follow your instructors' instructions on how to "show up" in each online class by the second day of the quarter to avoid being dropped.
If you have questions about your homework or course content, please contact your instructor via the contact information provided in your syllabus. If you have questions about using BTC student technologies, the BTC Library provides drop in student technology support on the third floor of the Campus Center building.
For questions about how Canvas features work, please consult the Canvas Student Guide, or click on the Help icon inside Canvas.
For other eLearning related questions, please contact the eLearning Department at 360.752.8555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.