Distance learning is defined as a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction occurs when student and instructor are not in the same physical location. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous. Distance learning instruction can include instruction via teleconferencing, (online, hybrid, and web-enhanced instruction).
Delivery Methods for Web-Based Instruction
Distance learning instruction can be delivered in three ways: online classes, web-enhanced classes, and hybrid classes. Online classes refers to students who complete 100% of the required contact hours completely online without classroom visits—except for proctored events, or a required class meeting. Web-enhanced courses require students to complete 100% of the contact hours traditionally by attending classes on campus while using the Blackboard platform or other Learning Management Systems as part of the course requirements. The advantage to web-enhanced classes is that students have access to the instructor, and they may also have access to recorded lectures, videos, discussion boards, online tests, presentations, and many other resources that enhance student learning. Hybrid classes require students to complete a minimum of 60% of the required contact hours traditionally by attending classes on campus while completing the remaining portion online at the student’s convenience with respect to the instructor’s requirements. Hybrid courses foster increased interaction and contact among students and between the instructor and the students.
Completing your college education is a point and click away at Southeastern Technical College's virtual campus. Online learning gives you the flexibility to take classes in the environment that works best for you: home, office, internet café, or even during travel—business or pleasure.
The content, assessments, and student learning outcomes of online courses are the same as those of their traditional counterparts. The primary difference is that online courses offer students an alternative form of course delivery that is more flexible and convenient than traditional classroom attendance. As a trade-off, however, online courses require a greater time commitment than traditionally delivered courses. Students who take online courses need strong skills in studying, time management, Internet navigation, and reading comprehension to be successful. Individual courses may require additional specific skills, such as proficiency in word processing. Following instructions, working independently, and submitting assignments by due dates are an important part of online learning. Students must have frequent access to a computer and a reliable Internet provider. Online learning may not be the right choice for all learners, but for those who meet the requirements, it is an exciting and viable alternative to traditional classes.
You can receive associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates online. Click Online Programs (http://www.southeasterntech.edu/online-learning/programs.php) to see a listing of programs that can be completed totally online.
Online Proctored Events
In order to validate student identity for all online courses, students enrolled in online courses are required to complete one proctored event (a major exam, assignment, or presentation). The event will count a minimum of 20 percent of the course grade and will be reflected as such on the course syllabus.
The proctored event will be administered on two separate days during the semester—once on the Vidalia campus and once on the Swainsboro campus and will be monitored by the instructor or another STC employee. Students must attend one of the proctored sessions as scheduled on the Lesson Plan/Course Calendar for the online course. Students living further than 75 miles from either campus who cannot come to Southeastern Tech for the event must secure an approved proctoring site. The site and the proctor must meet Southeastern Technical College's requirements (instructor will provide more information and necessary forms if this is the case). Students arranging off-campus proctoring must take the event on one of the originally scheduled days. Students who do not complete the proctored event as scheduled must submit a valid documented excuse within three business days after the scheduled event. If the excuse is approved, students must make arrangements with the instructor to makeup/reschedule the missed event. The penalty and makeup instructions will be at the instructor's discretion. Students failing to complete the proctored event will receive an F in the course.As published on STC's Catalog and Handbook, any expenses incurred to obtain a proctor will be the responsibility of the student. However, students are not charged a proctoring fee when taking the proctored exam on the campus of Southeastern Tech. Most of Georgia's technical colleges do not charge to proctor exams for students enrolled in other TCSG colleges. Students who are enrolled at Southeastern Technical College and live out of the state of Georgia or out of the country could incur a proctoring charge. However, in that instance, the instructor would assist the student in locating the least expensive proctor.
Southeastern Technical College Privacy Statement for Distance Education
All students enrolled at Southeastern Technical College (STC), regardless of the mode of instructional delivery (traditional, web-enhanced, hybrid, online, or teleconferencing), are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). As published in the STC Catalog and Handbook, FERPA was designed to protect the privacy of educational records and to establish the right of students to inspect and review their non-privileged educational records. The act also provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Click Online Privacy (http://www.southeasterntech.edu/online-learning/online-privacy.php) for more information on STC’s Privacy Statement.