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Online and remote learning 

The Multimedia Department will continue to offer classes remotely during the current COVID-19 health challenge. We will continue with our commitment to providing our students with the highest level of instruction, guidance, and support in a virtual environment. There are many things for students to consider as they move to/continue with an online learning format. Here are some FAQ’s that might help you with planning for online learning:

  • Some classes will require that you attend online lectures as scheduled. Some instructors will take attendance and expect you to be “present” and contributing to the classroom environment, albeit remotely.
  • Online/remote learning does not mean that you can work at your own pace. Again, you will be expected to be in class and contribute, and you will also be expected to complete your work as assigned and hand in your assignments on time. Course exams will also be assigned during class time and you will be expected to take those as scheduled.
  • Sometimes, online classes can feel isolating.  There will be fewer opportunities to interact in the labs and with other students. You will need good time/self-management skills and be open and willing to form virtual study sessions with your classmates, as well as attend office hours with your instructors.
  • Because there may be fewer opportunities for impromptu discussions and conversations with your instructors (ie quick questions after class), you will need to make sure you are communicating any challenges that you are having in class with your instructor on a regular basis.
  • Communication is especially important in online learning. If you require accommodations, help accessing technology, help connecting to classmates, and tutoring needs with your instructors. You will also need to check your PCC email and classroom announcements on a regular basis.
  • See more COVID-19 student resources
  • It is strongly recommended that you meet with our academic advisor, Darcy Demers, for help accessing resources and course planning on a regular basis.
  • There will be some specific technology requirements. Here is a list of what you will need for your program:

Multimedia technology requirement for online learning

Remote and Online classes will require the following:

  • For classes that use Adobe Creative Cloud, students will need to Get an Adobe ID using your @pcc.edu email address and download Adobe Creative Cloud: Please see specific requirements for Adobe products
  • Mac or PC with Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, RAM 16 GB minimum (32 GB recommended) and 2GB of GPU VRAM.
  • Screen: at least 1280 x 800 pixels.
  • USB 3.0 or better (vs 2.0) – USB C Thunderbolt 3 preferred.
  • At least one 8 to 16GB or larger USB 3.0 thumb drive (or faster 3.1 or 3.2)
  • A laptop is OK but you will need multiple windows open.
  • Fast WiFi – preferably what’s called (2×2). Try this WiFi Speedtest to test your connection.
  • Remote instruction requires a webcam, microphone, and speakers.
  • For classes that use Autodesk, students can get free one-year educational access to Autodesk products and services.
  • For classes that use Unity, students can get free access to Unity.
  • We have some resources to help you, including free wi-fi connectivity options. Additionally, if you are in need of a computer, wi-fi, or other support to access remote/online coursework or college services, please provide more information on the Student Technology Needs form and a staff member will contact you soon.
  • If you have questions, please contact multimedia@pcc.edu.