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Distance Learning

The Center for Distance Learning enables and supports learning options in a variety of settings through innovative, alternative delivery methods that provide access to learning opportunities from your home, office, or anywhere you have internet access. These options are designed to increase educational access to students for whom work schedules, family responsibilities, or other life demands restrict attendance at traditional on-campus classes. Online course work and interactions with the instructor and classmates are completed using the Reynolds Blackboard course management system.

Get Started

Distance Learning students should apply to Reynolds and register for classes the same way traditional students apply and register. Think about which online program you want to take. See Steps for Admission under Get Started for admissions procedures including advising and placement testing. Then see Steps to Register under Register for Classes.

Are you ready for Distance Learning courses at Reynolds?

Complete the Orientation to Learning Online.

All students who are new to online classes are expected to complete CDL001: Orientation to Learning Online before the start of their first online course(s). CDL001: Orientation to Learning Online is a unique orientation module that prepares students for learning at a distance.

You can complete CDL001 online at your own pace. The orientation helps you to understand how typical online courses are structured, paced, and facilitated. You will have the opportunity to interact with a facilitator and with other students, as you prepare for learning at a distance. 

  • The module can be completed within 1 day.
  • The learning activities require a total time commitment of 2 hours.
  • The entire module is delivered online.
  • The module is facilitated by a dedicated instructor.
  • The module allows students to interact with other new distance learners.
  • CDL001 “teaches by doing;” students learn how to use online learning tools while gaining study skills, time management skills, and other essential information necessary for independent learning.

Students who successfully complete CDL001 receive a “Certificate of Completion” to share with their online instructors. Students in distance learning (DL) sections of SDV 100, ENG 111, ITE 115 and CSC 155 are required to complete CDL 001.

Special Note for Out of State Online Students (non-Virginia)

State Authorization and Student Complaint Process

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with an institution’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state.  Reynolds Community College has been approved by Virginia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.

Prospective students living outside Virginia interested in degree or certificate programs that require internships, clinicals, or licensure upon graduation should check with their individual states regarding any special limitations on allowable online courses.

Complaint Process

Reynold’s Student Grievance Process for Academic and Non-Academic Decisions is described here: Reynolds strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available. However, if a conflict does arise, our efforts are meant to resolve your grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. 

In accordance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), the complaint procedures outlined in the Student Handbook are subject to oversight of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in complaints arising from students living outside Virginia who are enrolled in online course(s) through Reynolds.

SCHEV Student Complaint Process. Complaints must follow the college’s customary resolution procedure prior to being referred SCHEV under State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) procedures. Grade appeals and student conduct appeals are not allowed under SARA.