Online Learning

Online Learning at CCD in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Program

Online learning provides both flexibility and convenience using a variety of educational approaches to facilitate your education and career goals. At CCD, we use the Desire2Learn (D2L) learning management system. D2L offers access to all the tools you need to be successful in the online classroom. You can view class information, access important course materials and documents, upload and turn in assignments, discuss topics and issues, and exchange ideas.

When you determine whether or not online learning is for you, consideration must be given to the fact that online classes usually do not meet at a specific time nor in a specific location; however, there are still deadlines for assignments and coursework. The rigor and contents of online courses is equivalent to campus-based classroom style learning just provided either live (synchronous instruction) or on demand (asynchronous instruction). Faculty in the BAS Program will use both approaches to ensure a rich educational environment that will enhance your learning experience.

Students who are successful in the online learning environment typically

  • Are comfortable with technology/computers and understand how to use them properly
  • Have the ability to participate in classes at least three times per week
  • Are self-motivated and able to manage their time effectively to complete assignments and study
  • Have a desire to be actively involved in the learning environment
  • Are inquisitive and curious and have a desire to explore new ideas and concepts
  • Learn easily from reading and writing,
  • Enjoy the written word – communicating in writing and reading the writing of others,
  • Are team players and work well with others to complete projects,
  • Are comfortable reaching out to their instructor when they have a question or need help
  • Are willing to share in the exchange of ideas, carefully consider responses to classmates and faculty, and are prepared to occasionally have ideas challenged.

Preparing Your Computer for Online Courses

To be successful as an online student, you will need to have a computer system that can support your needs and the demands of online learning. The ability to replay video, download and upload documents in a timely manner, and to communicate with faculty and classmates will be crucial to your success. In other words, you will need to have access to a computer system that meets the minimum Technical Requirements outlined below.

To ensure a successful experience, ideally, you should use the most current version of Firefox, which works much better with D2L (load time is quicker). You can download a free version of Firefox. In addition, here are some additional system and software requirements that will support your online learning.

System & Software Requirements Required Recommended
Operating System Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.4
Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion_
Video Minimum resolution of 1024x600 Resolution of 1024x768 or greater
Internet Speed 56 modem 56 or cable modem, DSL
Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) JRE v 1.6.x (required to run Equation Editor) JRE 1.6 update 31 - This version is recommended because it is
currently most compatible with the equation editor in your course.
Browser Support Windows - Firefox 3 Max - Safari 3.1 or Firefox 3 or current version
Javascript Must be enabled  
Cookies Must be enabled  
Pop-Up Blockers Must be disabled or set to allow pop-ups from your course site  

Making the choice to enroll in an online program is an exciting and challenging one. While there is flexibility in the hours you devote to learning, staying on task will require self-discipline and self-direction. Communication will be key and don’t ever forget that the instructors are here to help. If you have any questions about the Bachelor of Applied Science Program in Dental Hygiene at CCD, please contact Mary Catherine Dean, Degree Completion Coordinator for Dental Hygiene.