Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) has been approved on November 13, 2017, by the State of Michigan, to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC- SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
BMCC, as a SARA approved institution, can deliver online programs to residents in any SARA member state without seeking additional authorization from that particular state. SARA is a voluntary agreement among 49 member states, districts, and territories that establish comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. The State of Michigan is a member of the SARA-Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
All States EXCEPT the following are included in SARA: California and Massachusetts.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) also accredits BMCC for distance education courses.
Please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific semester dates. Most online classes are offered for 15 weeks in an asynchronous format, meaning students log into class each week at a time that is convenient for them unless otherwise directed by the instructor. The asynchronous format does not mean, however, that frequent and consistent access to the online class is not required; in fact, students are strongly encouraged to do so. Online classes may also meet online at scheduled times for chat sessions; these synchronous meetings will be determined by the instructor in each course. Refer to the course syllabus for any scheduled live meeting times or specific deadlines. All online classes follow the Eastern Standard Time zone (EST) for defining the start and end of a week within the online term, as well as for scheduling any synchronous meeting times, drop and withdrawal deadline times, and assignment and exam submission times.
Pursuing higher education through online classes requires students to be independent, motivated, focused, prepared, persistent, organized, and proactive.
While students in online classes interact with their instructors and classmates, much of the learning is initiated by students when they log into class, thoroughly read through lectures, class materials, and discussion board postings, compose responses, undertake homework assignments, and study for exams.
Along with personal motivation to succeed, students need to have access to the internet on a personal computer, tablet, or other device that meets the following technical requirements:
To access Moodle, a computer must support one or more of the compatible browsers listed below.
Internet Explorer 8 (IE 10 required for drag and drop of files from outside the browser into Moodle) (free download)
Firefox 4 or later (free download)
Google Chrome 11 or later (Must use if the course requires an online proctored exam)
Opera 9 or later
Firefox 4 or later (free download) Safari 5 or later Google Chrome 11 or later Opera 9 or later
Additionally, browser settings should be set to the following:
Security Level - set at Medium
Accept all cookies
Many classes will require the use of Microsoft Office. Students close to campus can visit the IT department with their laptops to have it installed free of charge. Remote students will need to acquire their own copy of Microsoft Office prior to beginning their course work.
The computer must also have a webcam and microphone.
* If your device does not meet these minimums and/or you do not have regular and reliable access to the internet, online learning may not be right for you at this time.
You must log on and complete all weekly assignments. Attendance and class participation is extremely helpful in developing a thorough understanding of the material covered in this course. It is a policy of Bay Mills Community College, set by the Board of Regents, that weekly attendance in online classes is mandatory. As with on-campus classes, BMCC policy states that seventy percent (70%) attendance is required to receive a grade of C or better. Grades of incomplete will only be given under exceptional circumstances, and only if the student has completed 70% of course requirements with a passing grade.
All students can request a BMCC email address if they choose. Please make sure to regularly log in and check your email account. Students can log into their email account from the BMCC website homepage by clicking on the Student Email icon. See the video below on how to log into your BMCC Student Email account.
If you need assistance with your email password, you may contact:
Director of Distance Learning
All instructor and student communications for classes will be sent through Moodle messaging. See the video below on how to use Moodle Messaging.
Online classrooms will open one week prior to the semester start date for students to view and prepare. Students can log into Moodle here or from the BMCC website homepage by clicking on the Moodle icon. Students needing assistance with Moodle login may contact:
Web Master/Systems Administrator
Academic Specialist for Online Learning and Recruitment
Director of Distance Learning
Students should log into their Student records account to register for classes, verify class schedule, add/drop classes, view financial aid awards, view/pay bills and print/view grades and unofficial transcripts. Students can view their Student Records account after they have applied. Students can log into their Student Records here or from the BMCC website homepage by clicking on the Student Records icon. Students needing assistance with their Student Records/Empower password may contact:
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure he/she has purchased/ordered the correct textbooks from a reliable source and that the textbooks arrive in time to start your classes. Students can find information about purchasing textbooks here.
Syllabi for all classes, both online and on-campus, can be found in the Moodle classroom. A syllabus is a summary or outline of the important information students need to know about the course. It includes instructor contact and course information, as well as college and instructor policies. Students should consider this an agreement between students and instructors on what is expected of you both. Students have access to Moodle a week prior to the start date of online courses.
View an example syllabus here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Oi7MHuAqpMkugBxdAvVmogQvL0G7o0xr1HBCGvmwCyg/edit?usp=sharing
Some classes require proctored quizzes, tests and/or exams during the semester. BMCC uses a proctoring service called Proctorio, which allows students to take proctored exams at home or another location by monitoring test-taking through video and audio. View the online booklist to see if your course requires you to take a proctored exam.
You will need the following if your exam is proctored:
Google Chrome Internet Browser – the final exam must be taken through Google Chrome; no other browser is permitted for proctored exams. This is a free download and can be downloaded here: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html?brand=CHBD&gclid=CO7ut7CvxM8CFY-FaQod66IMqw
Webcam – May be internal (in your computer or laptop) or external, but consider that you might be asked to do a scan of the room you are in, so make sure it is mobile enough you can move it.
Mic– You will need audio; can be built-in mic on your computer/laptop or external.
Identification – You will be asked to show identification. You can use your BMCC school ID, a tribal card, driver's license, or state ID.
BMCC offers free tutoring to our online and on-campus students. Local students may come to campus and utilize the free tutors in the Student Success Center. Online students may use our free online tutoring service, Brainfuse, which is available via a link in each online Moodle course. Online Tutoring for Math, English and Writing is available 24hrs/day.
Watch the video below to see the tutoring services available to you on Brainfuse:
As an online learner, you have access to the same academic support services as on-campus students. Services and resources commonly used by online learners include:
Michigan Virtual Library - All Michigan residents have access.
The term “netiquette” is used to refer to etiquette over the internet, including online chats, discussion forums, emails, Moodle messaging, and any other form of electronic communication. Following the rules of netiquette improves the readability of messages and posts and allows participants to better understand each other. Proper netiquette ensures respectful and positive interactions with others. Here are some guidelines for BMCC teachers and students to follow in electronic communication:
● Be careful and considerate when wording your message.
● Choose words that best express your intended purpose and are appropriate for your audience.
● Avoid slang and uncommon abbreviations.
● Do not use obscene or threatening language; be respectful.
● Do not share confidential information.
● Avoid using all capital letters in your text. This can come off as ‘SHOUTING’ in an online environment.
● Use proper English, grammar and remember to spell-check.