What You Need to Know
Schenectady County Community College offers asynchronous distance learning courses. In the syllabus and/or course schedule, your instructor will provide clarification on due dates and expectations for participation. Fully online courses at SCCC adhere to the same academic calendar and policies as courses utilizing a traditional format. Credits earned via online learning courses are fully transferable and carry SCCC residence credit. *Note: Online course fee is $12.00 per credit hour in addition to normal tuition.
The following terms are commonly used in discussing online learning. Although terminology changes over time, current terms and their meanings are listed below:
- ANGEL is the Learning Management System (sometimes called a Course Management System) that this college uses to support all courses regardless of format. ANGEL allows students to read or download the course syllabus, post comments to discussion forums, submit assignments via a drop box, collaborate in groups, take quizzes or tests, chat with others in the class, view and comment on videos, check grades, and more.
- Asynchronous learning occurs when the student and instructor are not necessarily present in the course at the same time. "Asynchronous" indicates that a student is able to go online at any time of the day or night, seven days per week, and work toward completion of course requirements; student and teacher may not be in the course at the same time. In the syllabus and/or course schedule, your instructor will provide clarification on due dates and expectations for participation.
- Blended or hybrid learning uses a combination of online and traditional classroom instruction.
- A course management system or a learning management system is software that facilitates online learning by providing tools for course support such as content management, collaboration, assessment, tracking, and grading.
- Distance Education occurs when the instructor and the students are in physically separate locations. Distance education includes some form of technology and may be synchronous or asynchronous.
- An online class is an e-learning class taken over the Internet or World Wide Web (WWW) as opposed to using a local or wide area network.
- A traditional class (or Synchronous learning) is one in which the students and faculty are present in the course at the same time, typically meeting face-to-face.
These definitions are courtesy of the United University Professions. The entire UUP document can be found here. (PDF)
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