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Students enrolled in Internet courses receive 80% or more of their instruction by accessing courses through the Blackboard course management system, without visiting a Jefferson State campus/instructional site. Students communicate with the instructor and other students via email, live chat, message board, and/or phone. Most courses include weekly assignments with specific due dates. Some courses can be completed entirely online, but others have a few on-campus requirements, including exams, labs, presentations and/or other activities.

Students enrolling in Internet courses should be self-starting, requiring little or no supervision to complete assigned tasks on schedule, and should have regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection. Students should also be comfortable browsing the web, using a word processor (formatting, copying, pasting, editing) and using email (sending and receiving, adding and downloading attachments). Most courses have specific software requirements (current version of MS Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Windows Media Player, Java Script, etc.).

Students with course-specific questions are encouraged to contact the course instructor before classes officially begin. Instructor names will be posted in the online schedule and instructor contact information is available through the Employee Directory.  Please contact the department that handles the course for more information if no instructor is assigned (TBA).

  • Some Internet courses have on-campus requirements. Use the Check On-Campus Requirements link to learn how you can use the online class schedule to check Internet courses for on-campus requirements before registering.
  • All hybrid/blended and interactive videoconference courses have regularly scheduled on-campus class meetings.
  • Distance education courses follow the same semester calendar as traditional lecture courses.
  • Students enrolled in Internet and Hybrid/Blended courses become responsible for course content and assignments available in Blackboard on the official first day of class.
  • Students enrolled in distance education courses at Jefferson State Community College do not pay an additional charge associated with verification of student identity.

The official first day of class for the 2021 spring semester is Wednesday, January 6.

The official first day of class for the 2020 fall semester is Friday, August 21.

* IMPORTANT: Schedule adjustments can take up to 24 hours to process in Blackboard. Contact helpdesk@jeffersonstate.edu and your course instructor if you are registered for a course that does not appear in your Blackboard course list within 24 of the adjustment.