Distance Education Mission
Distance Education is flexible, high-quality teaching which offers alternative instructional delivery methods to help students reach academic competencies, develop critical thinking skills, increase communication proficiency, and reach their career goals; supports the lifelong learning needs of non-traditional students; meets the training needs of the business community through flexible scheduling, modern technology, and innovative instructional delivery methods; and focuses on demonstrable student learning outcomes using time-and-place-independent learning options to provide high quality academic courses/programs to students when and where they want them.
Distance Learning Defined
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 at Southeastern Technical College includes online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses.
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 separate days during the semester—once on the Vidalia campus and once on the Swainsboro campus. Students must attend one of the proctored sessions as scheduled on the Lesson Plan/Course Calendar. Dual enrollment students enrolled in online courses have the same options, but can also complete the event on the high school campus. The event will be monitored by the instructor, another College employee, or high school counselor. Students living farther 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 be withdrawn from the course with a WF (Withdrawn Failing) and will be disabled in Blackboard. The last date of attendance will be the last day an academic activity is completed. If the proctored event is scheduled during final exams, any student who misses the proctored event will be issued an “F” (Failing) for the course.
Students are not charged a proctoring fee when taking a proctored event at Southeastern Technical College or any other TCSG college. Students who choose to use an off-campus proctor may be assessed a proctoring fee by the proctoring site. In this instance, the student is responsible for payment.
Southeastern Technical College Privacy for Distance Education
Southeastern Technical College (STC) has a procedure for protecting the privacy of students enrolled in distance education courses or programs. Southeastern Tech also adheres to written procedures of the Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (GVTC) to protect the privacy of students who participate in distance learning activities.
Southeastern Technical College uses Blackboard Learn as its Learning Management System (LMS). Blackboard Learn provides students a secure logon environment into their virtual classroom. Students should not share their login credentials with others and are instructed to periodically change their password to maintain privacy.