Online and Blended Learning

As an alternative to the traditional classroom environment, Cuyahoga Community College offers more than 800 online and blended learning courses. For students who are self-directed, motivated and tech savvy, this can be a flexible and effective way to earn college credit. To successfully complete an online or blended course, a student must be computer literate. This means you must be able to attach, create, modify and save electronic documents, upload/download files, navigate the internet and use email.

Registration procedures are the same as on-campus courses, however there is an additional $10 per credit hour fee for on-line classes.

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Online courses use Blackboard Learn, an internet-based learning management system (LMS), for course delivery and assignments.

  • The Blackboard Learn LMS is available 24/7.
  • Students should access their course(s) daily.
  • Students must use Tri-C email. It is the official and primary method of communication between you and the College.
  • Students should be able to watch and create basic video presentations using a laptop/PC or mobile device.
  • Students must be able to use a web browser and modify settings related to security, pop-ups and firewalls.
  • Students must know how to create, modify and attach documents.
  • Students must know how to save, upload and download files.
  • Technology is constantly improving. For a complete list of technical requirements, please visit

Blended Learning

The term “blended learning” describes courses that blend online learning with face-to-face classroom instruction.

Proctored Online Testing

Proctored testing may be required in some online and blended learning courses – particularly math courses. A “suitable proctored environment” is an environment directly monitored by an instructor, testing center administrator or other learning provider, in a physical or virtual (online) setting approved by faculty. While proctors must be approved by the instructor, some suitable proctors may include Tri-C Testing Centers, other accredited college or university testing centers, ProctorU and military education centers. If the testing center requires a fee, it is the student’s responsibility to pay that fee.

Tri-C has contracted with ProctorU to provide online (virtual) test proctoring services to our students at a discounted rate. Each fully online student is allowed to take up to two exams, in the form of two 31-60 minute exams OR one 61-120 minute exam free of charge. Any additional online exam(s) proctored by and taken with ProctorU must be paid for by the student.  However, online students are able to take advantage of Tri-C's discounted rates.  Log in to Blackboard Learn and visit the Student Homepage to see the published discounted ProctorU rates.

More information on proctored testing is available at and   

Distance Learning

Smart CLASS allows students to take credit courses and choose whether to participate “live” in a classroom through cable television and the Internet or watch replays at their convenience online.

  • Smart CLASS courses are broadcast on Tri-C’s SmartTV and video streamed on the SmartTV Web site at:
  • Students enrolled in Smart CLASS are able to replay their courses at any time at:
  • SmartTV is Cuyahoga Community College’s television station and is broadcast on Time Warner cable’s digital channel 195 (must have cable box or a digital TV to view) in the City of Cleveland, on Cox Cable digital Channel 216 in the following communities: Broadview Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, Parma, Parma Heights, Rocky River, Seven Hills, and on Brunswick Area Television Channel 24.

Independent Learning (IL)

Independent Learning courses are designed as alternatives to on-campus classroom instruction, offering
maximum scheduling flexibility for students interested in independent study.

  • Students complete assignments from the text and study guide and complete exams on-campus.
  • IL courses require viewing videos or listening to audios. Course materials are available at Tri-C libraries, some for checkout. Some programs are available for purchase at the Tri-C Bookstores.
  • Some video programs are available on the Internet through Video on Demand (VoD), requiring Windows Media Player and a high-speed (cable or DSL) connection to the Internet.
  • It is recommended students attend on-campus seminars, offered via closed-circuit television to enable participation from any Tri-C campus, which provides an opportunity for class discussion and course review.