What is eLearning?
As an alternative to traditional on-campus study, eLearning opportunities at SCF extend educational offerings for students to take credit courses at off-campus locations, including students' home worksites.
The flexibility of elearning makes it a wise choice for students who work or have family obligations that make it difficult for them to attend classes during regularly scheduled hours. In addition, all SCF support services are available to eLearning students, including microcomputer labs, tutorial centers and the SCF Library. Courses offered through the eLearning Program are comparable in quality to traditional courses offered in SCF classrooms, and they require at least as much time from students as traditional courses do. eLearning courses also require some on-campus work, orientation, review sessions and exams. The SCF eLearning Program allows for independent, self-paced learning.
What are the Advantages?
eLearning is convenient for students whose work or family obligations prevent them from attending classes during traditionally scheduled hours. SCF's eLearning courses earn the same credits as classroom courses and require at least as much of the student's time and attention. A elearning course is not easier, just more convenient. The only difference is the delivery of instruction and the degree of self-discipline needed to complete the course.
If you're signing up for an online or blended course, keep these pointers in mind:
- Treat eLearning courses with the same amount of dedication and effort that you would devote to a course on campus.
- Pay close attention to due dates and allow yourself sufficient time to complete your assignments.
- In online courses, participate in course discussions via chat rooms, e-mail and bulletin boards. Your class work will require you to use one or more of these communication tools, and they also help you feel like a member of the class.
- Take note of areas in which you have questions or need help and actively seek out the answers by communicating with your classmates and instructor. Remember, the instructor can't see that baffled look on your face.