Distance Learning

Coastal Carolina Community College offers opportunities for completion of courses outside the traditional classroom via the Internet, the North Carolina Information Highway, and blended courses.

Distance learning courses meet academic standards established by the North Carolina Community College System and are accepted as part of the graduation requirement for an approved degree, diploma, or certificate. Curriculum credit for distance learning courses is equivalent in credit hours to on-campus sections of the same courses listed in the college catalog.

Admission requirements for distance learning students are consistent with the College’s general admissions requirements and admissions procedures.

For an overview of financial aid resources visit Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Students enrolled in distance learning courses pay tuition and student fees in accordance to residence status requirements and study under the college’s rules and regulations. Students are provided access to faculty, student services, and the C. Louis Shields Learning Resources Center (Library). Some Internet courses may require students to secure access to specific computer resources. Some Internet courses may require students to have their exams proctored. Instructions and procedures for executing Internet courses are provided to students upon their registration. Regular contact with the course instructor is required.

General Online Course Requirements

Students are strongly encouraged to refer to the document entitled, “I Wish Someone Had Told Me That,” for specific information on various online classes.

Before enrolling in an online curriculum course, students must…

  • Have a working knowledge of the Internet, e-mail, and basic word processing skills.
  • Have continuous access to a computer with a reliable connection to the Internet.
  • Be highly self-motivated and self-directed.

Coastal’s online courses are equivalent to traditional courses in academic rigor and student requirements. Students should not view an online course as “easier” than traditional courses. In fact, successful students often find online classes to be more challenging than traditional classes, due to the additional reading and personal discipline that is required. Please note all distance learning students who come on campus for various resources or proctored exams are requested to check in with Security Services in the Student Center, to obtain a parking pass and a student ID.

Computers are available on campus in various locations.  For more information, visit the Learning & Computer Labs page.

After enrolling in an online curriculum course, students must…

  • Purchase all the required course materials, including the textbook(s), access codes, etc. Visit the bookstore for more information.
  • Log into the class on the first day of the semester (courses are available at noon). Continual participation within the course is essential, with most courses requiring weekly interaction. The attendance policy found in the college catalog applies to online courses as well; how it will be measured can be found in each course’s syllabus. Many documents will be posted for a limited time and it is the student’s responsibility to keep up with the course calendar and specific due dates.
  • During the semester, communicate with the instructor, and other students in the course, utilizing the College’s e-mail system (Campus Cruiser), in which you will be assigned a student address. (See “What I Need to Know to be an Online Learner”)

*Note: Curriculum online courses are identified in the OnCourse Curriculum Schedule with a section number of “100” or higher and “O/L” in parenthesis following the course title.

Campus Cruiser & Blackboard

The Coastal Carolina Community College online education platform is designed to transform the Internet into a powerful environment for the educational experience. This platform is used for both continuing education and curriculum online classes. All curriculum students are assigned a Campus Cruiser® e-mail account. Online students are required to utilize their Campus Cruiser™ email account to communicate with their online instructors. To access your new account, click myCruiser at the top of the page in the Search box.

User Name & Passwords

Your username for Campus Cruiser® and Blackboard consists of first name, last name, and last three digits of your student ID number, which is located on the top left hand corner of your registration form. The default password for both Campus Cruiser & Blackboard is “coastal” and the last three digits of your student ID number. In Campus Cruiser you will be prompted to change it upon first login. This does NOT change the default password in Blackboard. The secure login and password to access your online course serves as a method for student authentication.

NOTE: If you go directly to Blackboard without going through Campus Cruiser, you can manually change your password to match your new Campus Cruiser password.

Example: John Smith with a student ID number of 1234567 would be:
Campus Cruiser® and Blackboard – Log In ID = johnsmith567
Default Password for both Campus Cruiser and Blackboard = coastal567
Campus Cruiser® email address = johnsmith567@cc.coastalcarolina.edu

For technical support, contact the Coastal Help Desk at (910) 938-6123.