Learn by Term

KCTCS colleges offer you the opportunity to earn a degree online or to take classes that lead to a degree at KCTCS or will transfer to another college. View our programs that can be completed online for a complete listing of KCTCS courses and credentials that can be completed online. 

KCTCS Online: Learn by Term is an alternative for many students who cannot attend classes on campus due to scheduling conflicts, childcare, work or other commitments, but it is not for everyone. 

First, Learn by Term courses require a computer with reliable Internet access, a web cam, speakers, microphone, and access to your KCTCS e-mail account. Some courses may have additional requirements. In addition, online learning requires a certain amount of computer savvy. Learners should know basic word processing, how to send and receive e-mail, and how to attach files. Learn by Term classes require communication with faculty and other students via e-mail, discussion groups, and online meetings.  Some online courses require students to take proctored exams using a web cam and to submit various assignments via attachments. 

A computer with the following specs should be sufficient for online learning:  

  • Macintosh OS X (10.12 or higher) or Windows PC (8 or higher) 
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GM RAM or more is highly recommended) 
  • 20 GB of available hard-drive space 
  • Screen resolution set to 1280 X 1024 
  • Broadband/high-speed uninterrupted Internet access; minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps download, 750 Kbps upload 
  • Webcam, microphone, and speakers 

Blackboard courses are supported in Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari browsers. 

There are many Student Services available to help you succeed. Take advantage of them through your KCTCS Home College! To maximize your Learn by Term knowledge, go to our student tutorial. 

Please remember, too, that a friendly, knowledgeable Help Desk is available to answer your questions about your online class. Contact the KCTCS Online Technical Help Desk at any time 24/7. 

Nothing is more important than your success!

Providing our students convenient options is important to the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS). So, KCTCS Colleges partner together to offer many programs and classes online. With our virtual library, online bookstore, and 24-hour assistance, you can even complete entire programs in the comfort of your own home or office. 

Take a peek at our current Learn by Term course calendar, or browse our online degrees and certificates. If you like what you see, begin by applying at a KCTCS college near you. 

Once admitted to a KCTCS College, you may register for KCTCS Online Learn by Term courses at any one of our KCTCS Colleges. If you need any help along the way, one of our Learn by Term advisors  and student services counselors will be glad to lend a hand.   

Use your KCTCS user ID and password to log in to your Blackboard classes. All KCTCS communication concerning Learn by Term course user IDs and passwords will occur through the KCTCS e-mail account. To facilitate communication among the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, its colleges and students, each student, both online and on campus, will receive a KCTCS e-mail address. Information about student accounts.