Distance learning courses (online courses, hybrid courses and interactive television courses) offer students an alternative to on-campus classes. The content, college credit, and transferability of distance learning courses to other institutions are equivalent to traditional courses on campus.
Distance learning courses are best for individuals who can work independently, effectively budget their time and set priorities. They are helpful for students whose job or home responsibilities limit the time they can spend traveling to or attending a conventional class. Motivation, study habits, communication with the instructor and organization are the keys to distance learning success.
eLearning instruction may involve the use of computers, televised lessons, text materials and/or on-campus sessions. Some courses require on-campus visits for discussion sessions, laboratories or testing. Students may enroll through SCC, SFCC or the IEL. See the types of courses below for more information. For current course listings, check the quarterly class schedule. Distance learning classes are identified with the words "Online," or "Hybrid" in the class listings. Further information can be obtained by contacting:
Online courses provide flexibility and convenience in pursuing your educational goals. Online courses are not self-paced. They have scheduled start and stop dates, regular assignments and project due dates, but since the classroom is online, you can work on your class at the time and place most convenient for you.
Although online courses are more convenient, they are not necessarily easier. They have been developed with the same learning outcomes as regular on-campus college classes. Even though you do not attend class at a specific time and place each day, you will need to spend several hours working on the class (typically five out of every seven days for a 5-credit course). You must have access to a computer with an Internet connection and an e-mail account. Visit the web sites listed above or consult the quarterly class schedule for current course listings.
A hybrid course meets on campus periodically and uses online delivery for the rest of the class. Students often will find lecture material, tests, discussions and other resources online for a hybrid course. Visit the web sites noted above or consult the quarterly class schedule for current course listings.