What is Distance Learning at Snead State Community College?
Distance Learning at Snead State Community College is a campus-wide
resource for faculty members and departments interested in promoting
teaching excellence, improving student learning outcomes, and
encouraging ongoing professional development and scholarly engagement.
Distance Learning promotes and supports the innovative use of technology
in teaching, advising, and mentoring students while emphasizing
academic excellence within a supportive environment.
Distance education in general can be defined as the formal dissemination
of instructive curricula which is not dependent upon time or place via
the use of multiple delivery options such as audio, video, multimedia
communications and computer technologies. Student learning by means of
distance learning techniques provides for challenging and collaborative
academic opportunities and requires the use of pedagogical methods which
include course design, synchronous, and asynchronous communication, and
special instructional techniques.
Distance Learning Overview
Distance Learning focuses on utilizing technology and teaching methods
to provide instruction to students outside the regular classroom and
thereby increase flexibility and scheduling options. Blended, hybrid and
online courses require that students have a computer and Internet
access that meet at least minimum technical requirements as defined by
the College. Additionally, Distance Learning courses require computer
literacy skills, as well as self-discipline and motivation. Students
register for Distance Learning courses in the same way they register for
Distance Learning Mission
The mission of the Distance Learning Program at Snead State Community
College is to provide quality instruction through electronic
technologies to enable students to attain their educational goals. Our
strategic initiative is to acquire and support appropriate emerging
technologies for curricular, instructional and administrative
Distance Learning Goals
1. To identify, provide, expand, and coordinate the development of quality courses and programs to meet the needs of students.
2. To support and encourage the internal development of the Distance
Learning Program by promoting and providing guidelines for training and
providing technical support.
3. To provide strategies for effective delivery of Distance Learning
alternatives through the development of policies for consistency in
4. To evaluate periodically and comprehensively every facet of the
Distance Learning Program and to use these results to restructure and
improve the program.
Why Take Distance Learning Classes?
Distance Learning courses are designed for students who desire
flexibility and convenience in their studies. Our courses are fully
accredited and are considered equivalent to on-campus courses. Anyone
who is eligible to take regular courses on campus may enroll in Distance
Learning courses. Consult the SSCC Course Schedule, found within the
College website, for registration information.
For More Information
For more information contact our Distance Learning office at (256)
840-4124 or send email to DL@snead.edu. The Distance Learning Office is
located in the Administration Building of the main campus in Boaz,
Snead State is part of the Alabama Consortium for Technology and
Learning (ALACTL). The ALACTL is a member service organization that
provides opportunities for collaboration, resource sharing and achieving
economies of scale in procurement of instructional technology