Types of Online Classes

Note: Blue Ridge remains committed to integrity across our courses and assessment efforts. As we shift our approach for classes this fall, decisions are still being made regarding proctored exam requirements and delivery methods. Please continue to watch this page for additional information on this topic.

Comparison Chart

You’ll find the following types of online learning classes designated by the class section letters in SIS and Navigate.

Section #Online CourseworkRequired virtual meetingsOptional Virtual MeetingsProctored Assessment(s)Face-to-Face Meetings
Vyes yesyes 
VSyesyes yes 
Hyes yesyesyes
HSyesyes yesyes

Synchronous Classes

Synchronous learning takes place in real time. You will have set days and times that you, your instructor and other students will meet in a virtual classroom, such as Zoom. This allows for interaction similar to a face-to-face course. You will need a webcam and microphone for audio and video capabilities.

Synchronous Section Numbers & Class Notes in SIS

VS sections (Example ENG 111-VS01): This virtual course meets entirely online except for at least one proctored exam. This course meets through web conferencing software at the times indicated in the course schedule. Student attendance is required.

Asynchronous Classes

Asynchronous learning takes place on your schedule. Instructors will provide lectures, readings, videos, assessments, and other materials in the Learning Management System, Canvas. Most instructors will provide weekly learning activities with set deadlines.

Asynchronous Section Numbers & Class Notes in SIS

V sections (Example ENG 111-V01) : This virtual course is entirely online except for at least one proctored exam. Students will complete scheduled assignments by given deadlines. Course materials and instructions are provided through Canvas. Faculty may schedule optional virtual meetings through web conferencing software.

Hybrid Classes

Hybrid Classes are mostly asynchronous (50% of classwork) but also have some scheduled in-person or online synchronous class meeting times too.

Hybrid Section Numbers & Class Notes in SIS

  • H sections (Example: ENG 111-H01): This hybrid course meets online more than 50% of the time. This course combines scheduled face-to-face meetings in a classroom with online coursework. Faculty may schedule optional virtual meetings through web conferencing software.
  • HS sections (Example: ENG 111-HS01): This hybrid course meets online more than 50% of the time. This course requires both scheduled face-to-face and online meetings. Student attendance is required.

Shared Online Courses

BRCC offers shared online learning courses through Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI). Students register and pay through BRCC.

ELI Section Numbers

E sections (Example: ACC-211-E06N) – Use “Blue Ridge Community College” in the Institution field when searching for ELI classes.