Apr 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog & Student Handbook 
    
2023-2024 Catalog & Student Handbook

Distance Learning and Modes of Instruction


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At Brightpoint, we’re invested in your success. Our fully online programs give you flexible options to meet your educational goals on your own terms. We offer:

Brightpoint is continuously adding to our offerings of fully online degree and certificate programs. See what you can get started in today!

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Need flexibility in your course schedule? Check out the wide variety of ways you can attend classes online at Brightpoint:

Instructional Modes

Brightpoint Community College offers a wide variety of instructional modes to provide students with flexibility in scheduling their courses.   

  • Face-to-Face Classes (course section number begins with a C for Chester or M for Midlothian): 

Traditional, in-person classes that provide a face-to-face learning experience and meet at a regularly scheduled time and place. These classes may be located on either the Chester or Midlothian campus.     

  • Asynchronous Classes (course section number begins with A):

Classes have no scheduled Zoom or on-campus meetings. Reliable internet access is required to complete course activities and assignments. Students will access course material using Canvas, and it will be made available on or before the first day of the class session. All students attend class by completing required asynchronous online activities by published weekly deadlines. (See section below on Expected Engagement Per Week for Distance Learning.)

  • Synchronous Classes (course section number that begins with Z):

​Classes meet on specific days and times via Zoom. Your instructor will facilitate live online lectures and discussions. Attendance via Zoom is a required component of the course. Students may attend class from anywhere using a computer or mobile device. Reliable internet access and a Zoom-capable device are required.    

Zoom hybrid classes have course section numbers that begin with ZA for Zoom/Asynchronous Hybrid and include required asynchronous online activities that students must complete by published weekely deadlines. Reliable internet access and a Zoom-capable device are required.    

  • Hybrid Classes  (course section number begins with CA for Chester/Asynchronous Hybrid or MA for Midlothian/Asynchronous Hybrid):

Classes require in-person meetings at either the Chester or Midlothian campus on the specified days and times. Due to shortened in-person meetings, students must complete required asynchronous online activities by published weekly deadlines. Regular weekly assignments with established due dates are provided in Canvas. Reliable internet access is required.  

  • Bimodal Classes (course section number begins with CZ for Chester/Zoom or MZ for Midlothian/Zoom):

Classes offer in-person meetings on either the Chester or Midlothian campus and synchronous meetings via Zoom. Students are required to attend classes synchronously on-campus or via Zoom on the specified days and times. Students may switch between these attendance options throughout the semester. Reliable internet access and a Zoom-capable device are required for synchronous instruction.  

Bimodal Hybrid classes have section numbers that begin with CZH for Chester/Zoom/Hybrid or MZH for Midlothian/Zoom/Hybrid and include required asynchronous online activities that students must complete by published weekly deadlines. Reliable internet access and a Zoom-capable device are required for synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  

  • Flex Classes (course section number begins with CF for Chester/Flex or MF for Midlothian/Flex):

Classes offer students the choice of meeting in-person, in synchronous meetings via Zoom, or attending asynchronously and completing all coursework and assignments on Canvas. Students may switch between these attendance options throughout the semester. Reliable internet access and a Zoom-capable device are required for synchronous and asynchronous instruction. 

Hybrid Flex classes have section numbers that betin with CFH for Chester/Flex/Hybrid or MFH for Midlothian/Flex/Hybrid and include required asynchronous online activities that students must complete by published weekly deadlines. 

  • Accelerate Classes (course section number begins with XL):

Classes are asynchronous with no required on-campus or Zoom meetings. Students attend by completing required asynchronous activities on Canvas by published weekely deadlines. The Accelerate Pathway is cohort-based with a prescribed set of courses that must be taken in order. Division approval is required for all Accelerate Pathway courses.

 

Expected Engagement Per Week for Asynchronous Distance Learning ** 

Course Length

1 Credit

2 Credits

3 Credits

4 Credits

Mini

 15-16 hrs/week

25-34 hrs/week

38-51 hrs/week

51-68 hrs/week

5-Week

9-12 hrs week

18-24 hrs/week

27-36 hrs week

36-48 hrs/week

7-Week

6-8 hrs/week

 12-16 hrs/week

19-24 hrs/week

25-32 hrs/week

10-Week

4-7 hrs/week

9-12 hrs/week

13-18 hrs/week

18-24 hrs/week

15-Week

3-4 hrs/week

6-8 hrs/week

9-12 hrs/week

12-16 hrs/week

**based on an average of 3-4 hours per week, per credit hour over a 15-week semester

SSDL Classes

The college also offers asynchronous online courses through Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL). SSDL courses are offered in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and other participating colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). These courses allow students to enroll and earn credits from their home college while taking an online course with an instructor from another college within the VCCS. Brightpoint SSDL students have access to resources such as tutoring, testing, and library from the community college providing the course as well as all student resources at Brightpoint. Students enrolled in SSDL courses will receive a letter from NVCC and an invitation to participate in an online orientation, and a Brightpoint liaison provides support during the semester. SSDL courses follow the academic calendar of the college providing the SSDL course. Please review course notes for start and end dates.   

Test Proctoring

​Asynchronous courses may require proctored tests or activities.  Required proctored assessments can be completed at the Brightpoint Testing Centers located on both campuses, testing sites at other VCCS colleges, or any approved site outside of the state of Virginia. Brightpoint offers access to online proctoring that allows students to complete computer-based exams in the comfort of their own home. A reliable internet connection, webcam, and other technical requirements are necessary. Students are observed via a remote connection to the student’s machine to view computer and student activity. The use of this tool is offered at the discretion of each instructor and may not be available in all courses.  

Online Learning Support

Canvas is an online learning management system (LMS) used by the college. Students who are unsure if online learning is a good fit can try it out through the Online Test Drive. This orientation course covers the skills required to be successful as an online learner, an introduction to the Canvas learning environment, and an overview of online academic and student support services as well. Visit the Brightpoint Online Learning page to learn more.

Student technical support is offered by the college for educational technologies such as: 

For live student technical support or assistance with any of these tools, please visit the Help Hub or email helphub@brightpoint.edu. Should you have a request specific to Canvas outside of the Help Hub’s normal operating hours, feel free to contact Canvas directly using any of the following methods: 

 

Out-of-State Students

  • Brightpoint Community College, as a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), is authorized to accept students from any state (except for students residing in California), the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in our programs and courses. Learn more about reciprocity and state licensure.