Information & resources for distance learning
In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation in New York, Jamestown Community College is maximizing the use of distance learning technology and reducing in-person classes. We'll continue to share updates on courses affected by the pandemic.
Need to know
For spring 2021, courses will be delivered in a flexible instructional format featuring online, hybrid, and in-person classes.
- Online - Asynchronous: Classes are completed via Blackboard, the college’s web-based learning management system, from any location that has internet access at times that you set for yourself. Students are expected to complete assignments by deadlines set by the instructor. You must be able to access the internet through a device equipped with speakers.
- Online - Synchronous (Zoom): Classes are completed live using Zoom from any location that has internet access in real time according to a pre-set schedule. You must access the internet through a device that has both a camera and speakers. Specific meeting times for synchronous portions of classes are listed with each course.
- In person: Classes meet in person on campus or other approved location.
- Hybrid - online & in person: Classes meet synchronously or asynchronously online and synchronous in person. Specific meeting times for synchronous portions of classes are listed with each course.
- FLEX courses: FLEX courses may provide students with the opportunity to meet in-person on campus, on the synchronous days and times already scheduled, if conditions allow.
View your schedule in Banner to see your updated schedule and how each course will be offered:
- Log into Banner
- Go to your Student menu, and click Registration
- Click View Student Detail Schedule and select the term for which you have registered.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Printer Friendly Version to see a simplified view of your schedule
- If you need more information about your courses, detailed information about course format can be found on the Courses page. Type your course in the search bar in the center of the page, scroll to find the section for which you are registered, and hover over the course type.
- If you have questions, or need to make schedule changes, complete the Schedule Verification form or contact your campus Counseling and Career Center. Students requesting to speak with an advisor will be contacted.
All students are required to complete a short, non-credit online course titled Success at a Distance in Blackboard before the start of the semester. The course has no additional cost and takes about 60-90 minutes to complete. It will help you strengthen your ability to learn and engage at a distance by providing a greater understanding of JCC's instructional technologies. Access the course by following these Blackboard instructions.
More learning resources
- JCC Online Orientation: Blackboard orientation course that you can also find on the home screen of JCC's Blackboard
- Blackboard 9.x Essential Training: Students: LinkedIn Learning course on Blackboard
- Blackboard Learn Help for Students: Blackboard tutorials for common questions
- Blackboard help through Open SUNY
- Browser compatibility test for Blackboard
- Google Drive Essential Training: LinkedIn Learning course to help you use Google Drive
- Google Docs Essential Training: LinkedIn Learning course to help you use Google Docs
- Learning Zoom: LinkedIn Learning course to help you use Zoom for class meetings
- Note: You are not expected to purchase software to utilize Zoom. Your instructors will send you specific links for your classes.
JCC students are welcome to access JCC's internet on their own devices from any of our campus locations including access from campus parking lots during the weekend.
PCs are also available in JCC’s libraries on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses to provide you with internet access. Library hours »
- A limited number of Dell laptops from SUNY are available for registered JCC students to borrow. The laptops must be returned at the end of each semester. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients, but any student in need can request one. There is no charge for borrowing a laptop, but students are responsible for the timely return and care of the laptops while they are checked out. To request a laptop, students should contact the Counseling and Career Center at 716.338.1065 or email@example.com.
- Explore opportunities to purchase resources at education-related discounts.