Mission Statement

The Distance Learning domain, dedicated to creating an effective and innovative online environment, facilitates Gateway Community College’s mission of providing high-quality instruction in an environment conducive to learning by offering students, faculty, and staff the highest level of global support for instructional technologies and online teaching/learning. Distance Learning (DL) personnel collaborate with local users and the CSCU system to establish and preserve design standards for the consistent presentation of course materials in online courses. They clarify as well expectations for student and faculty online interactions. DL personnel devise and deliver faculty trainings and student orientations on the Blackboard LMS to ensure these users’ competency with the available technologies. The domain strives to make Distance Learning an area of distinction at Gateway.

Please Note

  • All inquiries to Distance Learning must include the CRN of the course(s)
  • Please email the Distance Learning faculty to make an appointment for training or Blackboard information.


Online Courses @ Gateway Community College

Online courses are NOT for everyone. Take this quiz to see if they are right for you.

Some people may refer to online courses as online learning, online education, eLearning, distance learning, virtual learning, web-enhanced learning, or asynchronous learning courses, etc.

HYBR This abbreviation for hybrid describes courses that combine face-to-face (on-campus) traditional classroom instruction with online learning. In hybrid courses, a portion of the course is conducted online, resulting in the reduction of classroom seat-time. This method of delivery allows students flexibility with scheduling, while maintaining face-to-face contact with the instructor, which is typical of traditional courses.

OLCR (Online with Campus Requirement Courses) are online courses with a campus requirement. The campus requirement generally means that students are required to come to campus for an orientation session or to complete assessments (exams). On-campus requirement dates are defined in advance of the registration process.


Supported Browsers

Blackboard is the Connecticut Community College system’s course management system, and is used to facilitate learning through the creation and delivery of web-based educational materials.

System Browser Check

This browser check is specific to Blackboard users and will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality within your online course section is available.

Clear Browser Cache

Clearing you Internet cached files within your web browser will fix many common browser issues. Please be aware this action will clear out all of your browser's remembered sites and other saved information. For more information, contact the Distance Learning Staff.