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eLearning FAQ


Online courses to fit your lifestyle

Online courses may be a good fit for you if you can work independently with good time management skills.

Orientation for Students

Students can enroll in a free practice course called D2L Basics (For Students). To self enroll, just click on the word Discover located on the home page of PPCC Online Campus. Then click on D2L Basics (For Students).

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Hybrid Courses

You can combine online with in class mixing the best of both worlds, hybrid courses combine on-campus class sessions with internet coursework.

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Contact eLearning Department

(719) 502.3555
(800) 456.6847 ext. 3555

Centennial Campus, Aspen Building, Room A229

Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday (MST)

What to expect in an online course.

Are online classes easier?
No. In fact, you may encounter more reading and writing than you would in a traditional classroom.

Your course will be in the PPCC Online Campus (D2L).

Here you will access course materials, assignments, discussions and quizzes.

Instructors establish due dates for assignments, discussions and exams just like a traditional class. As long as you are meeting your instructor's due dates, you can work at your own pace and be online when it works best for you.

Do online classes require prerequisites or on-campus testing?
Online classes, just like those on campus, sometimes require prerequisites. Some PPCC Online courses require on-campus testing (or proctored testing at another location), but most online courses require no on-campus time. Generally the only classes requiring on-campus testing will be math and some science courses.

Note: PPCC Online math classes must take at least two exams in the PPCC Testing Center or other exam proctor facilities.

What do I need to be successful in an online class?

Students need access to an up-to-date computer and reliable internet connection to take an online course.

  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure they can log on and complete assignments the same way the on-campus student attends class and meets deadlines.
  • Basic computer skills are a must to succeed in any class. Students should be able to send an email, attach a file to an email, be able to use the web for research and use software such as Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer.

Computers are available for students to use at:

Before class begins, please run the Browser Check Tool to make sure that your computer is compatible with the Online Campus (D2L).  We recommend using Chrome or Firefox browsers.

Colorado Community College System 24/7 Tech Support has:

  • 24 hours a day tech support including weekends and holidays to provide assistance with D2L, student email accounts, accessing the myPPCC portal and more.

How do I enroll in an online course?

Students register for online courses the same way as for any other PPCC course.

  • Meet with an Advisor
  • Register through the student portal then select Look Up Classes/Class Search
  • Come to Enrollment Services at Centennial Campus or Rampart Range Campus.

How do I know which class is an online section?

  • PPCC Online will have an N* (BUS 115-1N1). PPCC Online courses are taught by PPCC faculty.
  • CCCOnline will have a C* (HIS 101-C11). CCCOnline courses are taught by Colorado Community College System faculty from around the state.

The eLearning department does not sign registration forms for prerequisites or late entry into courses. This requires an instructor or division signature.

  • Special tuition rates apply to online courses.
  • For questions regarding tuition, please contact Financial Services (719) 502-2300 or the Cashier (719) 502-2444.

What if I need adaptive software or equipment to use with my classes?

Some students with disabilities may require adaptive software/hardware. These adaptive tools are the responsibility of the student since they will be used at home, but there are resources and information available to assist students in identifying and/or acquiring tools.

Do I need any special hardware or software?

Usually, no. But some courses may require have specific requirements. For instance, a foreign language class might require a web cam, headset or a microphone so the instructor can hear you speak to assess your learning of course materials. Photoshop classes require that they have access to the Photoshop software. The PPCC computer labs generally have these required software packages (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office, etc.)

How do I access my online courses?

What's the difference between PPCC Online and CCC Online?
Online courses at PPCC are taught by local faculty, which means they provide the opportunity to meet with your instructors, face to face. CCC Online is run by our state system office and are taught by faculty throughout Colorado. Of course, you're free to mix and match PPCC Online, CCC Online and hybrid classes as you like.
Can I just take online classes whenever I want?
Online classes operate the same, in many ways, as traditional on-campus classes. They start at the beginning of the semester and they are paced the same as traditional classes to end at the end of the semester.

You will not have access to your courses until the first day of class.

What do I do if I run into technical problems?

The support staff can provide assistance with D2L, student email accounts, accessing the myPPCC portal and more. Contact them here.

What if I need help with CCC Online?

Visit the CCCOnline Need Help page.

Where do I find my student email?

Every PPCC student is assigned an email address when they become a student at PPCC. It is important to check your student email often to make sure you are staying up to date on information from your instructors, updates from the Financial Aid Office, official school announcements, etc.

To access your student email log into your PPCC Student Portal and choose ‘Student Email’ from the Dashboard.

Out-of-state Students

Please refer to the State Authorization page for information.

Important Facts About Online Courses at Pikes Peak Community College

  • All online courses meet the same learning outcomes as traditional courses. Prospective students must be admitted to the college before they can register for classes.
  • New online students may have to take placement tests before enrolling. Testing can be completed at PIkes Peak Community College and at other educational institutions around the country. Go to the National College Testing Association or the PPCC Testing Center for more information.

PIkes Peak Community College offers 16 degrees and 9 certificates that can be completed fully online. For more information see Online Programs

I have been dropped from my course, how do I re-enroll?

Students may be dropped from courses by the instructor as a no-show.

  • If you are dropped, the instructor must grant written permission for you to be re-enrolled.
  • Student must then fill out a paper registration form available at Centennial Campus or Rampart Range Campus Enrollment Services to be re-enrolled.

How do I find information about campus activities?

Can I get tutoring and other support with my online classes?
Absolutely! In fact, PPCC Online students can access the same support services that all students can. They can also meet with their instructors for personal help. 

PPCC's Student Life Office offers student clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.

What if I'm a PPCC student who wants to report a concern (for any class or reason)?
Visit the PPCC Report a Concern or Incident page.