Online Education

As a student taking an online or hybrid course, you will be able to access your online course content through the Moodle course portal available from the Helena College website. Moodle is our online learning management system where you will interact with your courses, instructors and peers through discussion forums, assignments, chat rooms, etc.

Once you have accessed Moodle, you will find a variety of drop down menus across the top of the website. ‘Moodle Help’ offers links to FAQs and tutorials to further assist you with learning and navigating Moodle.

In order to locate your class in Moodle, go to www.umhelena.edu. Moodle is one of the available icons in the gray bar across the top of the page.

  1. Click on the Moodle icon.
  2. Click on ‘NetID Login.’
  3. Enter your NetID and Password.
  4. Click on ‘My Courses.’

Delivery methods using Moodle include the following as outlined in BOR Policy 303.7:

  • Distance Education is defined as planned learning that normally occurs in a different place from teaching, requiring specialized course design, instructional techniques, communication through various technologies, and special organizational and administrative arrangements. Both synchronous and asynchronous learning are included in this definition.
  • Face-to-Face/Enhanced delivery is characterized when instruction occurs in a traditional classroom with face-to-face interaction between the instructor and students, at any local campus or remote site, and includes utilization of technology to enhance the class without reducing student seat-time.
  • Internet or Online delivery implies that 100% of the course section is offered completely online and delivered asynchronously, with no face-to-face interaction between instructors and students.**
  • Blended or Hybrid learning is designed specifically to be delivered partially online in an asynchronous format and partially through face-to-face (F2F) interaction, typically in the classroom. Both online and F2F interactions are required for the course. This delivery is characterized by the expectation of reduced F2F class meeting time when compared to the equivalent credit classroom course.

**Some online classes may require synchronous (e.g. chat rooms, webinars, etc.) and/or onsite learning events (e.g. field trips, testing sites, etc.). Contact the instructor for more details on a specific class.

All Hybrid (HO) and Online (O) have an associated per credit fee of $12.50 for Hybrid and $25 for Online Courses.

If you need any assistance with online education, please contact the IT Department

Donaldson Campus
406-447-6960
406-447-6900