Types of Courses - The following terms describe the delivery methods of online courses offered at West Georgia Technical College:
Online - A course in which all instruction occurs online, and testing may occur online or in a proctored environment.
Hybrid - A course in which 25 percent-50 percent of the learning activities are conducted online. Traditional class meeting times will vary within these guidelines, depending on course content and instructor discretion. Meeting times will be predetermined and specified in the class schedule.
Web-enhanced - A traditional classroom course that uses the Internet as a component of the course. That component supports classroom instruction and may require students to use the Internet in order to interact with one another and the instructor, do research, complete and/or submit assignments, or take tests.
Synchronous - This online class type, like the traditional face-to-face classes, requires weekly (online) class attendance via Blackboard Collaborate (online conference tool) at the designated times posted on the schedule. For more information and a list of current synchronous courses click here.
Requirements - 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 (preferably at home) and a reliable Internet provider as some providers are not compatible with the online platform. (For more information on appropriate providers and online requirements, see our Online Learning web page.) Students admitted in provisional status should not register for online courses; learning support and online courses are both demanding, and trying to do both decreases a student’s chance of academic success. Students enrolled in learning support reading courses cannot register for online courses. Students who failed a specific course or withdrew failing from a specific course will not be allowed to take an online version of that course. 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. Students interested in pursuing online learning opportunities should visit the Online Learning page of the West Georgia web site or contact their advisors for more information.