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eLearning Program

eCourses

Allegany College of Maryland offers the following types of eCourses (courses that are delivered in part or wholly via electronic means):

Online course – an eCourse (historically called a Web course) in which at least 80% of all required course activity is conducted online. A maximum of 20% of the course activities may be scheduled on site, e.g., a course orientation, proctored exams at specified testing locations, etc.

Blended course – an eCourse in which 30-79% of the required course activity is conducted on site in a physical classroom; the remaining portion of the required activities are facilitated online to reinforce, complement, and elaborate on the classroom instruction.

Telecourse – an eCourse (historically called a Distance Learning or Interactive Video course) that is offered simultaneously at multiple sites that are remote from one another but linked by telecommunications equipment. Students attend all telecourse classes on campus in a classroom.

Flex course – an eCourse that is designed as an online course and delivered to provide all of the following additional attendance/learning options for students: face-to-face in a traditional classroom, live broadcasts of classroom sessions, and recordings of classroom sessions. Flex courses are scheduled in traditional classrooms.

F2FA (Face-to-Face Alternating) - The instructor will live stream his or her class through Zoom, Teams, or Virtual Classroom during its scheduled time.  A portion of the students will attend in the classroom while the remainder of the students watch live.  The following class period, students will rotate.

Online Course Seats through MarylandOnline

MarylandOnline (MOL) is a statewide consortium dedicated to championing online learning. Through its seat-sharing program, MOL facilitates students’ access to online courses that are offered by MOL member institutions across the state. Allegany College of Maryland students have access to a wide selection of online courses through the MOL seat-sharing program. More information about courses offered through the MarylandOnline consortium is available at http://marylandonline.org/courses or by contacting ACM’s eLearning and Ed Tech Services office coordinator at 301-784-5376.

Computer Availability

Regular access to a computer, tablet, or mobile device with high speed Internet access is required for participation in online, blended, and flex courses. Computers are available for student use at the Cumberland campus in the Library (for hours, see https://library.allegany.edu/polaris/). At the Bedford County Campus, students may use computers in the computer lab when the lab is not in use for classes or meetings. The Bedford County Campus library also has 10 computers available for student use.

Desktop Support

Browser Supported Browser Version(s) Maintenance Browser Version(s)
Microsoft® Edge Latest N/A
Microsoft® Internet
 Explorer®
N/A 11
Mozilla® Firefox® Latest
ESR - current version (including a 12-week overlap with the previous version)
N/A
Google® Chrome™ Latest N/A
Apple® Safari® Latest N/A

 

Tablet and Mobile Support


Device Operating System Browser Supported Browser Version(s)
Android™ Android 5.0 + Chrome Latest
Apple iOS® Safari, Chrome The current major version of iOS (the latest minor or point release of that major version) and the previous major version of iOS (the latest minor or point release of that major version). For example, as of June 7, 2017, D2L supports iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 9.3.5, but not iOS 10.2.1, 9.0.2, or any other version. Chrome: Latest version for the iOS browser.
Windows Windows 10 Edge, Chrome,
Firefox
Latest of all browsers, and
Firefox ESR.

 

System Requirements

Supported versions are the latest versions tested against the learning management system (LMS). Maintenance versions are older versions that are not tested extensively against the most recent version of the LMS. Browsers should have JavaScript and Cookies enabled. Desktop systems should have Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater.

  Minimum Recommended
Operating System Windows 7 or higher
Mac OSX 10.8 or higher
Windows 10
Mac OS 10.12
Processor Intel Core i3 or equivalent Intel Core i5 or equivalent
Memory 4 GB of RAM 6 GB of RAM or higher
Monitor Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 1024 or higher
Free Hard Disk Space 5 GB of free disk space 20 GB or higher of free space
Internet
Connection
Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 3 Mbps Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a speed of 6Mbps or higher
Internet Browser See list of supported browsers at https://documentation.brightspace.com/EN/brightspace/requirements/all/browser_support.htm?Highlight=browser%20support