The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Is Online Learning right for me?
Teaching an online learning course may be right for you if you
Types of Online Learning Courses
Generally, all teaching and learning takes place via the
Internet. Students interact with the instructor and classmates
through a course website (A Blackboard course site). Learning
activities and assignments are completed according to the
instructions and schedule posted by the instructor.
Instructors have a variety of Online Learning Testing
options based upon subject and course material.
Students taking Internet courses must have access to a computer
with an Internet connection. Students must also be computer
literate and be comfortable using software, email and performing
other activities on the Internet. Some courses may require
additional resources beyond the Minimum Technical Requirements made
available to students. Instructor should make this information
available to registering students and students are encouraged to
inquire about what is needed before registering for courses.
Hybrid courses combine the traditional classroom instructor with
online collaboration and learning. Students attend classes on
campus as scheduled (60% minimum of stand class time plus final
exam time and class breaks, if the class meeting exceeds 100
minutes at a time). The remaining course time is dedicated to
self-directed and scheduled online learning activities.
Faculty new to teaching online
Faculty new to teaching Online Learning Courses must meet with
an Instructional Technologist from the Online Learning
Center. Training for online instructions includes, but is not
Training to teach an online learning course may be intense based
on the needs of the individual instructor. It is strongly
recommended the training is scheduled 6 months in advance of a
semester or as soon as possible.
Faculty can schedule their training through the Online Learning
Center Office or contacting Justin Busch [email@example.com]
Faculty using Blackboard
Faculty must request a Blackboard site using the Section
Planning Wizard [https://webapps.ccac.edu/SPW] for each
semester. The Section Planning Wizard (SPW) maintains and
manages all courses taught by instructors and their associated
Blackboard sites. When accessing the SPW, faculty will have
the opportunity to transition (copy) previously used Blackboard
courses or establish a blank site.
Early semester Blackboard Support and Training sessions are
offered each semester. The first 2 weeks of the 16 week fall
and spring terms, and the first week of the 10 week summer
Things to consider:
Plagiarism Detection in Blackboard
Plagiarism occurs when a student:
CCAC's Blackboard System now includes the plagiarism detection
software SafeAssignment. With SafeAssignment, faculty can quickly
and easily incorporate assignments in a Blackboard course site that
synchronizes with the Gradebook and validates student submitted
work against a national and local plagiarism database.
Media Support for Online Faculty
The Online Learning Center offers faculty a wide array
of media support including:
Testing Solutions for Online Learning
There are two options available to instructors for testing
students in Online Learning Classes.Option 1: Testing online through Blackboard
Students take exams and quizzes entirely online with no requirement
to come to a CCAC testing center
Blackboard provides tools necessary for taking exams and
quizzesOption 2: Using testing
Students take exams in a CCAC on-campus testing environment or a
non CCAC proctored testing environment
Proctors provide students with printed exams or passwords for
CCAC offers testing at campus Learning Centers or is arranged by
the instructor Option 3: Use online proctoring using Respondus
Students download and install the Respondus LockDown browser on
their computer and are monitored with their webcam and microphone.
The instructor can review the exam recordings and examine
suspicious activity flagged by the software.
ServiceDesk Phone: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW: Summer June and July 4-Day Week Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.Friday*: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Saturday*: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Sunday*: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. July 4 – July 7: Closed*Friday, Saturday and Sunday Hours: the ServiceDesk will be closed for the dinner/lunch hour on Friday and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. You may leave a voicemail message and received a call back after the scheduled break times.
ServiceDesk is always closed for any CCAC holiday college-wide closures.
Fall/Spring Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.*
*Sunday Hours: the ServiceDesk will be closed for the dinner hour on Sundays only between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.; callers may leave a voicemail message and receive a call back after 6:00 p.m.