eLearning assists students with learning the technology they need for online classes and coursework.Distance Learning Options at SFSC

The revolution in communications and information technology is making it possible for South Florida State College students to receive instruction through a variety of technologies.

Student pursuing an Associate in Arts degree can take all courses online. Many Associate in Science degree courses are also available electronically. Online courses are listed in the class schedule.

Types of Distance Learning as SFSC

Distance learning courses consist of synchronous and asynchronous activities. They are available to any SFSC student in good standing who has access to a computer and any required hardware or software. Online courses provide an alternative to traditional classroom instruction and cover a broad range of topics.


Asynchronous courses are conducted via Web-based instruction and collaboration. Students may be required to attend face-to-face orientations or take proctored exams but not required to attend class at regular times.


Hybrid courses consist of a combination of classroom instruction and content delivered over the internet or other methods, which reduce the need for class attendance.


Web-enhanced courses meet regularly and require classroom attendance. Some course materials are delivered online (syllabi, course notes, etc.) and require significant media and email exchanges.  

Directed/Special Independent Study

Students may take some college courses (not including preparatory courses) through Directed Independent Study (DIS) or Special Independent Study (SIS). If you wish to do so, obtain a request form from the Office of the Registrar and submit it to the appropriate chairperson or dean. Upon their approval, an instructor is assigned to direct the independent study course, and the student registers for it in the regular manner.

DIS courses are allow the student to pursue particular topics within a specific academic discipline under the guidance of a qualified instructor.

SIS courses are permitted under these circumstances:

  • 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
  • The student is in his/her last term and a course required for graduation is not being offered.

Students may complete a maximum of 15 hours of coursework through independent study.

The instructor specifies the requirements that the student must complete, including tests, periodic class attendance, and term papers.

The college’s regular grading system applies. Independent study grades have the same status as those acquired through regular class attendance.

Instructional Modality

Resources for Distance Learning Students

Students may enroll in courses delivered through various distance learning formats at SFSC. Distance learning courses may be delivered via the internet. Speak with an advisor to determine if distance learning courses are a good fit for you.

As an distance learning student, you may enroll in courses at SFSC or at another college or university. You will be able to complete the course at a time or location that is most convenient for you. You can receive advice from your SFSC advisor or counselor and your SFSC financial aid counselor before registering for any courses at other institutions as this may affect your financial aid, program completion, and graduation.