Online Course Guide

Are you new to online courses?

Please take a few moments to watch the Student Orientation Videos before you start your online course.  The Orientation videos contains important information that will help you to do well in your online course.  We STRONGLY SUGGEST that you review the Orientation videos.

How is attendance taken in an online course?

Your course(s) will be posted on the Moodle server.  You must login to the Moodle  server during the first week of class, and every week thereafter. This will confirm your attendance. Instructors are required to report attendance.  Individual instructors may have specific attendance policies listed in the course syllabus.

What is the direct site address for accessing Moodle?  

We recommend you login to Moodle from the Portal site It is recommended you bookmark this page on your personal computer. This way you do not need to type this URL in a browser. If the BCC home page website is offline you can still access your course in Moodle using the direct site address listed above. The recommended browser for accessing your online courses is Mozilla Firefox.

Where do I find syllabus and Textbook information?

Your syllabus for the online course is posted on your course home page.  Textbook information will be listed in the course syllabus and you can purchase your textbook from the Bergen County College bookstore on-line at or in person.  If you have any questions, be sure to consult a bookstore employee to make sure you purchase the correct book for your course.

Where should I check my course email and important announcements?

Be sure to check your Bergen email account on as well as ‘Messages’ in your Moodle course regularly for important information from the College and your instructor. The Quickmail block available in your Moodle course will help you with sending email to your instructor.

How am I assessed in an online course?

Students performance in distance learning classes will be assessed in different ways.  You may have term papers, projects, discussions, essays or other assignments, as well as quizzes or tests.  The method depends on your instructor. So be sure to read your syllabus carefully as it will explain this in detail. Check with your instructor as to how you can find out about your assignment or test grades.  Final course grades will be available on the BCC WebAdvisor system.

How can I access library services remotely?

These services include using the library databases, e-reserves, and other online services off-campus. If you have been issued a student ID card from security, please take a moment to examine the back of that card for a BCC ID#. This means you are ready to borrow materials or access the online research databases.  When you select a database from the library’s list of databases, a dialog box will prompt you to enter your last name (for example: Smith) and your BCC ID# (for example: 1234567). If you do not have a BCC ID card, please request one at the Public Safety office first floor of the Pitkin Education Center.  If you need further assistance, please email [email protected].

For instructions on how to access database remotely, visit the library services page.

If you have any technical question on using Moodle call the Helpdesk, 24/7 toll free at 1-877-612-5381 or fill in the Moodle Help Desk form.