eLearning Options at SFSC
The ongoing revolution in communications and information technology will soon make it possible for South Florida State College students to receive most, if not all, of their instruction through a variety of technologies. To provide learning to the largest number of SFSC students, a full range of electronic learning (eL) offerings are available. As the number and variety of these eL resources increase, SFSC students will be able to complete all requirements for selected Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs anywhere he or she desires.
At this time, all courses for the Associate in Arts degree are available via eL with the exception of Oral Communications. Many additional Associate in Science courses are also available in eL formats. Check the current semester schedule for the eL course offerings this term.
Types of eLearning as SFSC
Many types of eLearning courses are available at SFSC. Most involve learning that takes place outside the traditional classroom setting. Some are courses delivered over the Internet. They consist of a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities and will be available to any SFSC student in good standing with access to a computer and the requisite hardware and software. Online courses will provide an alternative learning opportunity that is equal to traditional classroom instruction. Online courses enable the SFSC student to study a broad range of topics anywhere, anytime.
These courses are conducted fully via Web-based instruction and collaboration. Courses may require proctored examinations, and may include opportunities for face-to-face orientations. However, there may be no class attendance requirements.
These courses may include required classroom attendance and alternate eL delivery methods. Hybrid courses have considerable content distributed over the Internet and/or via other eL delivery methods, which will replace some class sessions.
In addition to these formal course designations, many courses involve less structured Web sites. Some courses have syllabi and course notes posted online, but is otherwise a traditional face-to-face course. Enhanced with media/e-mail, these courses have no classroom meeting time reduction, but there are substantial Internet/e-mail components.
Video Conference (Two-way Interactive Televised Courses-2XTV)
Two-way interactive televised (2XTV) courses are delivered in a classroom and simultaneously transmitted to SFSC sites using television and telephone equipment. Students experience real-time interactivity between the instructor and students at all sites.
Directed/Special Independent Study
Students wishing to take a course (except for college preparatory courses) by directed or special independent study (DIS)/(SIS) must secure a request form from the Office of the Registrar and submit it to the appropriate chairperson and dean for approval. Upon approval, an instructor will be assigned.
DIS courses are specially designed to allow the student to pursue particular topics within a specific academic discipline under the guidance of a qualified instructor.
SIS courses are permitted when a course was canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the student is unable to register for a needed regularly offered class because of medical reasons, the student has experienced an unexpected job transfer, or the student is in his/her last term and a course required for graduation is not being offered. The maximum number of hours allowed by Independent Study is 15 hours. Once properly documented, Independent Study status is begun only upon approval of the division dean and the college instructor selected to supervise the study. The instructor specifies the requirements to be completed by the student including tests, periodic class attendance, term papers, etc. The regular grading system applies to all Independent Study students. Grades earned by Independent Study have the same status as those acquired through regular class attendance. Students taking a course through Independent Study must register for the specific course section in the regular manner.
These are the current types of DL opportunities available to SFSC students. You can rest assure that SFSC will stay current with the last technology.
Michele DeVane, our Education Professor, assists a student in one of her Hybrid Education courses.