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Learning Platforms

Harford Community College delivers courses on multiple platforms to meet the needs of our students.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced more students to take online or remote classes, these platforms, along with face-to-face and hybrid, are regularly offered. These options give students the opportunity to take classes on campus or from another location, at the times that are most convenient. Both the credit and noncredit class schedules show icons indicating the platform for each. If you are unsure which is best for you, contact your academic advisor for assistance.


Find What Works Best for You


Face-to-face courses are delivered in person, in a physical location—on campus or at a another College location. Face-to-face classes take place at set times and dates, and students are required to be in a physical class. 


Online courses are delivered completely online with no set class times.  Students may be required to complete activities at a location other than their home (e.g., assignments requiring an activity within the community, a field placement or internship, orientations, proctored exams at a testing center, etc.). To be successful in an online course you must be an independent learner who is motivated, has good time management and computer access, and has reliable internet service. For students interested in taking an online class but are not sure how they will do, talk to your advisor about Harford's Online Readiness Check to help you decide.



Remote courses are a cross between online and face-to-face. These courses are delivered through an online platforms (MS Teams, ZOOM, etc.) but students and instructors meet at a set times and dates in a "face-to-face online" capacity. Students are required to login to their virtual classroom with the other students in the class. This platform provides more structure than online, and provides more options for open discussion and interaction. Homework and other projects may still be required outside of the scheduled class times. 


Hybrid courses are delivered as a mix of both online and face-to-face learning.  Students are required to come on campus for scheduled classes, labs, or other activities, and the

n complete the remainder of the mandatory work online.  To be successful in a hybrid course, you will need to be motivated to work independently between class meetings, have good time management and basic computer skills, and have reliable Internet access.