Online College

At Florence-Darlington Technical College, our Online College redefines convenience and accessibility, allowing students to embark on a journey of learning without barriers. Picture yourself attending classes from the comfort of your home, or balancing your studies with your job and family commitments seamlessly. Whether you're looking to enhance your career prospects or simply expand your knowledge, our online offerings at Florence-Darlington Technical College offer a flexible and supportive path to achieving your educational aspirations. Join us and discover the transformative power of online education right at your fingertips.

Is Online learning right for me?

The goal of the Online College is to offer students educational opportunities that may otherwise not be possible in on-campus programs. Online courses are not an easy way to get college credit without working. Although regular, on-campus attendance is not required, the student can expect to spend as much, if not more, time on coursework as they would in an on-campus course. Success in an online course requires a high degree of self-discipline and communication skills.

Basic Skills for Online Success
  • Perform basic tasks on a desktop or laptop computer proficiently.
  • Utilize word processing and printing programs for document creation.
  • Navigate the Internet efficiently to find information.
  • Utilize email effectively, including attaching files to messages.
  • Use a multimedia program for streaming video and audio content.
  • Connect to the Internet seamlessly from various locations, including home, office, or college.
  • Utilize online discussion boards and chatrooms for collaborative learning.
  • Download and install programs from the Internet with ease.
  • Conduct web searches to locate and cite reference information accurately.
7 Tips for Success Online
  1. Establish a designated study space: Create a quiet and organized area where you can focus solely on your coursework without distractions.
  2. Set a schedule and stick to it: You will need to strategically plan your weeks throughout the course and prepare to spend a great deal of time online, reading, and completing assignments.
  3. Actively participate: Engage with your instructors and classmates through online forums, discussions, and group projects to enhance your learning experience and build connections.
  4. Stay organized: Keep track of assignments, deadlines, and course materials using tools such as calendars and to-do lists
  5. Manage your time effectively: Prioritize tasks, break larger assignments into smaller, manageable chunks, and allocate time for studying, completing assignments, and participating in online activities.
  6. Communicate regularly: Reach out to your instructors if you have questions or concerns about the course material or assignments.
  7. Take advantage of available resources: Make use of online libraries, tutoring services, academic support centers, and other resources provided by your college to enhance your learning and academic performance.
What You Need

In order to take a course over the Internet, you must have access to the following:

  • A computer with Internet connection and a web browser
    • Google Chrome is the preferred browser for using Honorlock
  • An e-mail address and an e-mail program that supports file attachments
  • A word processing program
  • Specific hardware/software that may be required by the course
  • Virus protection software. 
    • E-mail or attachments with viruses will be immediately deleted and not received by your instructor.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your submitted work is virus-free.
  • You may be required to utilize a webcam and microphone with our proctoring software, Honorlock and the video conferencing feature, YouSeeU.

Types of Online Courses

Online or Internet courses are taught online using our online learning management system, Desire to Learn (D2L). Here at FDTC we have virtual, hybrid, and online courses. Our online/internet courses are strictly taught in an online environment; these courses do not have scheduled on-campus class or a specific designated course letter.

Virtual Courses

Courses that are taught virtually are conducted face to face in a classroom, but broadcasted out virtually. They are designated with the letter “V” at the end of the course number. For example, ENG 101 01V.

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses are a combination of both face-to-face and online learning. At FDTC, the most common scenario is a once-per-week class meeting combined with other course components completed online in D2L. These courses are designated with the letter “T” at the end of the course number. For example, ENG 101 01T.

Online Only Degree Programs Available


Does the College Provide Training on D2L?

Yes, we offer D2L Brightspace Orientation. This free orientation course is available in D2L beginning at least one week prior to the first day of class. This course provides general information for the college to include available resources, general financial aid information, etc. New students enrolled in online courses will have access to the D2L Brightspace Orientation and can enroll anytime.

Learn How to Use D2L

What About Textbooks for Online Courses?

Books for online courses can be purchased through the college’s online bookstore or another vendor.

  1. Select Textbooks from the top menu bar.
  2. Then complete the selection and ordering process.

For specific questions about textbooks, please contact the Bookstore at (843) 661-8325 or email

Still have questions? Contact Us!

Our Team

Bob Garand
LMS Administrator

Ivy Ingram
Instructional Support Coordinator


Phone: 843.661.8123


For D2L login issues,
error messages, &
no contact from instructor:
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