eLearning & Distance Education

Learn what you need to get started:

  • Technology Needs & Support
  • Computer Requirements
  • Browser Configuration
  Follow these steps to:
  • Apply
  • Contact an Advisor
  • Log In

Fall Blackboard Orientation Dates, Times & Location

Wednesday, August 15: 1:00 to 2:30 pm
and 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Thursday, August 16: 1:00 to 2:30 pm
3:00 to 4:30 pm & 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Locations: Big Spring ITV Room HGC 204
San Angelo ITV Room SAA 146
Lamesa ITV Room 3

eLearning at Howard College​
Fitting Study Into Your Everyday Life:  Howard College is a major provider of quality eLearning educational programs, courses, and service resources.  Our eLearning programs are relevant to the needs of today’s student.  Our eLearning courses are delivered in several different formats such as online, hybrid, and enhanced.  Our goal is to provide eLearning services to all HC students, at all times.

Get Started

Apply, Advise, Register, Log in!

  1. Complete the school application process: Use the Online Application via ApplyTexas.
  1. Complete the financial aid process:  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) first.  Already completed your FAFSA?  Use these additional Financial Aid Resources.  For guidance and awareness of the rules and regulations that apply to distance education where financial aid is concerned, contact a Financial Aid representative.
  2. Contact your Howard College academic advisor.  For guidance and assistance with developing and achieving your academic goals, contact an advisor in HC’s Academic Advising / Career Services office. 
    • Select your eLearning courses: Online Course Schedule
    • Register for your eLearning courses: Online Registration  — Note:  Online registration is currently available to students returning to Howard College.  Students new to HC will need to contact an Academic Advisor listed above.
  1. Login to your Blackboard course site at http://howardcollege.blackboard.com.  Use your HC student ID number for both the username and password.
    • Read the course syllabus thoroughly; know what is expected of you in the class
    • Get comfortable with the course site; know how to access assignments, calendars and other requirements
    • Obtain all required materials including textbooks and electronic media associated with the course. Visit our Howard College Online Bookstore 

Are You Ready?

The eLearning program at Howard College is defined as the formal educational process that occurs when instructors and students are not in the same physical location for the majority (more than 50 percent) of instruction.  Successful eLearning students often demonstrate an extra measure of dedication and perseverance. These students typically learn to learn independently, utilizing available tools within various learning environments, such as Howard College’s Blackboard Learning system.

eLearning Orientation provides useful tutorials and tools designed for student success in HC’s online learning system.  Username: hcguest   Password: hcguest

Technology Needs and Support:

  • Dependable access to a computer with up-to-date technology. 
  • Reliable Internet connections & supported browser configurations.
  • Basic computer and software skills. Free online tutorialsGCFLearnFree.org
  • Student Tech-Support for guidance in getting ready and support throughout your college career:

blackboard.hc@gmail.com or 1 (432) 698-0618

Available in-house 8:00 AM through 10:00 PM
365 days per year (holidays included)

Click on Start / Control Panel / System for Information
CategoryRecommendedMinimum Required
Total Memory1 Gb or better512 Mb
Processor (CPU)2 Ghz or better1.5 Ghz
Available Disk Space1.5 Gb or better500 Mb
Video1024×768 True Color800×600 High Color
Operating SystemWindows 7Windows Vista
Java Runtime EnvironmentVersion 6 or betterVersion 1.4
SoftwareMicrosoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Powerpoint
This software may or may not be required.  Check course syllabus for details.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Flash Player

Applications built on the Howard College Learning Management System are designed for the Windows Operating System environment. Most operations will function properly on Apple/Mac machines but you should contact the Help Desk for specific Apple/Mac operations and recommended browsers.

Why using the correct browser is important when using Blackboard

Some students have experienced technical issues if they are not using the recommended browsers and required browser plugins.  It may appear to work or it may work sporadically so for best results use the one of the recommended browsers.

  • Most recent versions of Mozilla Firefox are supported
  • Most recent versions of Google Chrome are supported
  • Most recent versions of Safari are supported
  • Internet Explorer versions 8 through 10 are supported


Choose eLearning Course Environments to Meet Your Strengths and Needs:

  • Fully Online:  A course which may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the instructional time. Examples of face-to-face sessions may include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test.
  • Hybrid/Blended:  A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent), of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place.
  • Enhanced Face-to-face: A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent), of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are in the same place during a regularly scheduled day/time throughout the semester.
  • Interactive Television (ITV):  A course in which the delivery is via video conferencing equipment which includes televisions, cameras, and microphones.  The instructor(s) and students may not be in the same location during a live, regularly scheduled day and time.