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Online Learning at JJC

JJC's online learning department provides learning tools and support for online, hybrid and face-to-face courses at JJC.

Through iCampus, JJC is pleased to offer students high-quality college courses and programs that utilize educational technologies, good design practices, and merged content delivery methods that extend educational opportunities beyond the traditional classroom.

View the JJC catalog for a list of online & hybrid courses

Being a completely online student or a student who takes a few online and hybrid courses can be exciting. As you consider our online programs and course offerings we encourage you to visit the sections below for additional information. We want you to be successful and work hard to help you achieve your goals.

  • Course Formats

    Joliet Junior College offers courses in multiple formats to best suit the demands and schedules of students. Information on each format is provided below. Registration, financial aid eligibility and transferability are the same for online and hybrid courses as they are for on-campus face-to-face courses. Tuition charges are at in-district rates for all online courses while hybrid courses are billed in the same manner as face-to-face courses. Course fees vary by format. Joliet Junior College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Students should check with transfer institutions regarding transfer details.

    Face-to-Face (sometimes referred to as Traditional)

    Face-to-face courses are held on the main, City Center, and Romeoville campuses, as well as at our education centers, high schools, and other locations in the district. Face-to-face courses often make use of the college's online iCampus site for course information, posting of grades, and other class activities. With face-to-face courses all instruction occurs with students and faculty in the same physical location.


    JJC offers a broad range of courses and degree programs that utilize the iCampus site to deliver teaching and learning online. Students enrolled in an online course do not attend class on-campus; however, some online courses may require campus visits for exams. An online course is not a correspondence course, meaning that it is not possible to complete an online course entirely at your own pace; however, online courses do allow for some flexibility that falls within prescribed due dates and other requirements. The academic outcomes of online courses are the same as face-to-face courses. The difference is that the assignments and activities can be performed from a distance, via an internet-connected computer. With online courses all instruction occurs online.


    Hybrid courses are taught partially online and partially in a face-to-face classroom setting. Hybrid Courses reduce the amount of time spent in class on campus by moving lectures, course work, and other activities online. JJC hybrid courses deliver up to 74% of course instruction online with the remainder occurring face-to-face. The academic learning outcomes of online courses are the same as traditional courses.

  • Online Degree and Certificate Programs

    Did you know you can obtain multiple JJC certificates and degrees entirely online, regardless of your physical location? All you need is an internet connection to start learning. In addition, online courses at JJC cost the same no matter where you live. An Online Program Handout summarizes the information below. Additional information on these programs is available. Note that some programs require hybrid courses and/or proctored exams.

  • iCampus Learning Management System

    The learning management system used at JJC has been branded as iCampus. iCampus is powered by Canvas, an Internet-based, easy-to-use virtual classroom system where students view presentations, read and complete class assignments, submit coursework, and discuss course topics with instructors and fellow students. iCampus is used with all course sections, online, hybrid, and F2F, at JJC.

  • Are Online Courses or Programs Right for Me?

    Students often wonder if they will be successful in online coursework and programs. iCampus provides all JJC students with access to SmarterMeasure, a free tool designed to aid you in determining whether online courses are a good fit. SmarterMeasure is an assessment that measures learner readiness and the degree to which distance learning and/or learning in a technology rich environment will be a good fit for you. It will help you prepare to be successful as a student. Upon completion of SmarterMeasure you will receive a score report which not only helps you understand your strengths and opportunities for improvement, but also provides resources to help you succeed. Since this tool is for your benefit you should take the time to rate yourself honestly. Information on SmarterMeasure and the characteristics of successful online students is available.

    To access SmarterMeasure, use the following information:

    Students that are unsure about taking an online or hybrid course should contact their advisor/counselor or iCampus with any questions.

  • Becoming an Online Student

    Students who wish to enroll in online and hybrid courses or programs at JJC follow the same procedures as face-to-face students.  The application, financial aid, placement testing, and other processes are the same.  See the Admission page for full information on this process.

    Once admitted students register for online and hybrid courses in the same manner they do other courses at JJC.  See the how to register page for information on registering for courses.  For assistance registering, contact the registration office at registration@jjc.edu

    The first time one registers for an online or hybrid course they must complete the mandatory "Introduction to Online Learning" orientation.  This orientation must be completed prior to receiving full access to your online and hybrid course(s).

    JJC's online and hybrid courses are not self-paced.  Assignments, quizzes, discussions, presentations, and other course requirements are detailed in the syllabus and must be completed by their assigned due dates.  The academic expectations of online and hybrid courses at the same as with face-to-face courses.

    Students may contract their instructor by e-mail with questions regarding specific course content, class procedures, and if applicable, on campus meeting information.  Courses are usually not made available until three (3) days before the course start date.

    Students enrolled in an online or hybrid course will need an internet connected device that is capable of running a modern web browser or the Canvas app.  Textbooks and other materials can be rented or purchased through the JJC bookstore.  Technical support for students is provided 24/7.  Visit the Current Students page for additional information.

  • Online Exams and Proctoring

    Some online courses require proctored exams.  When viewing sections in the class schedule these sections are noted with "ONLINE CLASS WITH VISITS Campus visits required for exams" appearing in the Meeting Information Section.  Students can complete these exams utilizing several options:

    Option 1:  Proctored exams can be completed in Testing Services on the main campus, Romeoville Campus, or at the City Center.  This option is free for JJC students.

    Option 2:  Students who are at a distance and not able to visit campus should contact their instructor for other possible options.  iCampus makes available an online testing service called ProctorU.  Use of ProctorU is determined by each individual faculty member and students are responsible for all related costs.  Exam costs are as follows:

    Exam Time - - - Cost

    • 60 minutes or less - $17.50
    • 61 - 120 minutes - $25.00
    • 121 - 180 minutes - $33.75
    • 181 minutes or more - $42.50

    Access to ProctorU is made available via the course menu in Canvas.

    Option 3:  Students at a distance (from campus) may contact the JJC Testing Center to make arrangements to have exams sent to other testing centers across the country.  These testing centers must be "National College Testing Association" (NCTA) approved.  Students should contact centers close to them to discuss costs associated with center usage.  JJC does not charge for this service but the other testing center may.  It is the student's responsibility to pay these charges, if any.

  • Out of State Students/SARA

    Joliet Junior College has been approved by the state of Illinois to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

    Our membership allows out of state students from fellow SARA participating states to complete online and hybrid course work and programs at the college. The highlighted states below are participating states. Up to date information is always available on the NC-SARA website. Out of state students should familiarize themselves with JJC's Student Complaint Procedures (see section below).

    Map of US highlighting participating SARA states

  • Student Complaint Procedures

    Joliet Junior College promotes an open educational environment, rich in values and designed to protect the integrity of teaching and learning. In that spirit, the college encourages all students to first direct their complaints and concerns to the faculty, staff, or administrator specifically involved.

    The college believes many complaints can be resolved through an open, honest dialogue between the persons involved. In cases where that may not be possible, the JJC Student Complaint Procedure can assist in facilitating a resolution. Other than grade appeal or claim of sexual discrimination, harassment, or misconduct, a complaint that challenges the decisions or actions of college personnel will be considered under this procedure. Information can be obtained through the Dean of Students office. Visit Student Complaint Procedure for general JJC complaint information.

    If you are an Out of State student and have a complaint that you feel has not been resolved through the Student Complaint Procedures described above, you may file a complaint with the state in which you reside. In compliance with the Federal Department of Education regulations, JJC provides the following list of State Agencies with contact information: Student Complaint Information by State. You may also contact the Illinois Community College Board when seeking a resolution.

  • Quality Matters

    Quality Matters (QM) is a "nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Colleges and universities across and beyond the U.S. use the tools in developing, maintaining and reviewing their online courses and in training their faculty" (Quality Matters, 2015). A QM course review is focused on course design as opposed to course delivery. The QM program additionally provides for professional development opportunities and conferences. Further information on the Course Review Process is available on the Quality Matters Website.

    All faculty teaching online or hybrid courses for JJC complete the "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" (APPQMR) workshop within their first year of teaching.

    The following JJC courses have been recognized as meeting standards.

    Course Name

    Catalog Number

    Faculty Developer

    Date Recognized

    Accounting I (Hybrid) ACCY:101 Tara Laken Dec. 03, 2018

    Accounting II (Hybrid)

    ACCY:102 Tara Laken Nov. 11, 2018
    Pharmacology and the Nursing Practice NURS:163 Kathy Wolz and Janet Sullivan-Stromberg

    July 30, 2018

    Principles of Speech (Hybrid) COMM:101
    Laura Marqua

    Oct. 18, 2018 (Recertification)
    and May 14, 2017

    Accounting II ACCY:102 Tara Laken April 28, 2017
    Principles of Marketing MKTG:101 Nour Al Naber Jan. 26, 2017
    Social Psychology PSYC:208 Christopher Ostwinkle Oct. 6, 2016
    Accounting I ACCY:101 Tara Laken

    Oct. 25, 2016

    Principles of Speech SPCH:101 Lori Schahrer June 20, 2016
    American National Government PSCI:101 Julie Havemann Feb. 15, 2016


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