Traditional courses are offered on campus. Students attend face-to-face classes where an instructor provides a lecture and leads a classroom discussion. Instructors may enhance traditional courses through the use of online systems.
Online courses are delivered over the Internet through Snead State’s learning management system and other tools/sites. Students are not required to attend face-to-face class meetings for lectures, but proctored exams may be required.
Hybrid courses (blended) offer the best features of traditional and online courses. Part of the course will be taught in a traditional face-to-face format and part will be taught online. This allows faculty and students an opportunity to build strong personal relationships through face-to-face interaction, while offering a more flexible schedule than traditional courses. The number of required face-to-face meetings is determined by the instructor. Proctored exams may be required.
No matter how a course is delivered, the same objectives and outcomes are used. Online and Hybrid courses require as much commitment as Traditional on-campus courses.
All courses require dedicated, ongoing, and regular participation. Regardless of the delivery mode, instructors will set due dates that must be met. Online/Hybrid courses are not self-paced courses!
Most Online courses are asynchronous, meaning that students may complete their coursework at any point during the day. In courses that include synchronous online activities, such as an online video chat, the days and times for the activities will be listed for that course in the class schedule.
The big advantage of online courses is that some concerns, such as lining up transportation to and from class or arranging for childcare while in class, aren’t an issue with Online classes; the classes may be attended from any place where you have a working computer and internet connection.