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 What are Online Courses

Students “attend” class through the Internet.  Online courses offer flexibility for learning and studying.  Course materials are available seven days a week and 24 hours a day.

Blackboard Learn an LMS (Learning Management System), is the software used by EPCC to deliver online, hybrid and enhanced courses.

To learn about Blackboard, click here.

Are you self motivated and disciplined? If you are, an online course may be right for you.

 What are Hybrid Courses?

Hybrid courses combine face-to-face on campus meetings with online course work.

Instead of coming to the campus for every class period, you will attend class as scheduled, attendance is required, and complete course work online.

Faculty will provide an orientation and clarify major course concepts, during the first week class sessions, including assignments, course expectations and the use of the Internet.

 Thinking About Taking an Online or Hybrid Course?

If you are considering taking an online course, the links below will provide you with helpful information you should know before you enroll in an online course.

What should I know before I take an online course? (PDF)

What technology do I need?

Complete the SmarterMeasure Assessment.

SmarterMeasure is a tool that helps you determine your level of readiness for taking online courses. You will be asked questions on topics, such as "how well you can use a computer," "how motivated, organized, and self-directed you are," and "how you prefer to learn new information." You will also be able to measure your on-screen reading speed and comprehension.

But relax, SmarterMeasure is fun. Your scores on this assessment will not prevent you from taking online courses. Moreover, your scores do not impact your grades in courses you may currently be taking. SmartMeasure is provided by EPCC to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses as you prepare to learn online. SmarterMeasure is a tool to help you succeed!

SmarterMeasure Directions

 EPCC Counseling Department

When you are ready to take an online class the EPCC Counseling Department can guide you and  help you reach your educational and personal goals. Click here for more information.

If you need a class to advance or graduate that isn't available ask your counselor about the Virtual College of Texas.

Virtual College of Texas

 EPCC Credit Class Schedules & Catalog

If you are ready to register for online courses click here to access the Credit Class Schedules and the EPCC Catalog. Online courses are highlighted in green.


Note: El Paso Community College charges a $50 Distance Learning fee for each online and hybrid course. There are no additional costs associated with verification of student identity for online courses related to compliance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Opportunity Act of 2008.

 Frequently Asked Questions

The document below will provide you with the answers to the most frequently asked questions when thinking about taking an online course.


Note: faculty who teach online courses may require you to visit an EPCC campus for meetings, testing or other course requirements.  If you are unable to visit an EPCC campus, contact the faculty member to determine whether alternate arrangements are possible. Faculty contact information can be found in the: E-mail and Telephone Directory.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

 Currently taking an online course?

If you are currently taking online courses please click the link below to access our Current Students section.

Current Students