Now that you have a better idea of what our online programs are like, it’s time to get started. We’ve provided a step-by-step process of how you can start learning online at Broward College.
1. Apply to BC
Get a head start on the application process now. Apply online, or if you prefer applying in person, visit an admissions office at any campus/location near you to submit your application. Please note that proof of residency is required at the time of your application submission. You should complete a residency affidavit before you visit an admissions office.
2. Meet with an Advisor
Plan your time at Broward College wisely by setting up an appointment with an advisor on campus. You can also make an appointment with a cyber advisor for guidance. Prepare any questions you may have for your meeting, and be sure to have an idea of the online courses you’re interested in taking.
3. Browse Classes
Browse the class list by term to see which classes are being offered online. You can do this one of two ways:
1. Search by course number
• Go to the advanced search page
• Type in a course ID/number (Ex.: ENC1101 or ENC)
• Under “Alternative Instructional Method” choose “Online Classes”
2. Browse all online classes
• Go to the class schedules page
• Scroll down and look for “Online Classes” under the appropriate term
• Click on “All Sessions” or any individual session to look through a list of online classes only
4. Read the Course Notes and Course Preview Page
All online courses have something called Course Notes. These notes appear under the course on the Course Schedules page. Within the notes, you should see a URL (website address) for a Course Preview Page. The Preview Page includes important information to help you decide which courses to take and also be prepared for class. Preview Pages include information about any on-campus meetings, required proctored exams, required texts and other materials. Here is a sample Course Preview Page.
5. Register and Pay for Classes
After choosing the classes you’re interested in, log into myBC to register for the term.
6. Prepare Your Computer
Prior to your first day of online classes, double check your computer system to ensure that you have all the necessary hardware and software requirements. Review the information in the links below so you can upgrade your system or download missing software as needed:
D2L system check
7. Get Books
Pick up required textbooks in person at one of our on-campus bookstores, or simply order them online.
8. Start Learning!
You’ve registered for class, stocked up on books, added software to your computer—it looks like you’re ready to start class! Go to the BConline login page on the first day of the term to begin your online learning experience.
You will not be able to login to class before the first day of the term. Also, many faculty members require you to complete an online orientation within the first week of class, so log in early and be sure to complete the first week's requirements, or else you risk being dropped.
9. Finish What You Start
Don't forget to log in at least four times per week to keep up with your assignments, discussions, and other course requirements. Once you fall behind, it's very difficult to get caught up, so dedicate specific times during the week when you can study in a quiet place away from any distractions.