Welcome to Irvine Valley College Distance Education
Welcome to the Distance (DE) program at Irvine Valley College! This program is designed for students who may not otherwise be able to attend traditional college classes, or those who simply want to take advantage of the convenience and flexibility of online courses. Courses offered through our DE program are of the same quality as our traditional on-campus courses, and are taught by our exceptional faculty. Moreover, your degree, certificate, and transcript will be identical to those earned by our on-campus students.
IVC offers a large and diverse selection of distance education classes to hundreds of students each semester. Many of our General Education courses can now be taken online, and new courses are being added to the DE program each semester.
All of our online courses are Internet-based. Blackboard is the course-management system (CMS) used for our online courses, although a few instructors may use other systems or portals. Blackboard allows instructors to place course materials on a password-protected site that only students who are registered for the class can access. Once a student registers for a class, they will be automatically added into the Blackboard system within 72 hours. The course will become available on the date listed in the class schedule, and students will then be able to access the course anytime during the day or night from any computer with an Internet connection.
All courses have a required course-specific orientation. See info in the following paragraph below. To access course-specific online orientation info, click on "Required Course Orientation For All Online Classes" on the navigation pane at the upper-left.
All online courses have a required orientation to help prepare you for taking the course. If you are a new student, click on the button below, "New Students". If you have already taken an online course at IVC, then you may click on the button "Continuing Students". Some of our online classes have an on-campus orientation prior to the start date, while others have a online course orientation information that is part of the course materials on Blackboard and/or on the faculty's website. Students should look on the online Class Schedule for specific online course orientation information.
We also offer hybrid courses, which combine traditional on-campus and online instruction. This reduces the amount of time that students actually need to come to campus because much of the class work is done online. The on-campus meeting times for these courses are listed in the class schedule. Please note that a valid parking permit is required on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Many of the classes at IVC, which are not technically online, also use Blackboard as a supplementary online resource for classroom lessons and activities. For example, instructors may post lectures, handouts, and the course syllabus online, or they may ask you to engage in online discussions or other activities as part of your course homework.
Thank you for your interest in the Distance Education program at IVC, and we look forward to helping you achieve your educational goals.