A variety of distance learning option are available such as online, telecourses, USB and a partial in class partial online option called hybrid.
An online course is a course that you can take using your computer and the Internet. Online courses are generally not self-paced and require students to participate in online discussions on five out of every seven days at a time that is convenient for them. They do not require students to come to campus.
Online courses are not for everyone. Successful online students have the following skills.
- Independent learner: Since you are not going to a classroom everyday, you will need to be really good at managing your own time.
- Time: You should have 10 - 15 hours available per week to complete a 5 credit course. Students who try to complete distance learning courses in their spare time are rarely successful.
- Reading Comprehension: Because a great part of an online courses are text based, there is a great deal of reading and writing required rather than speaking and listening. Students are encouraged to have a reading comprehension level of 84 or placement into English 101 to ensure success.
Hybrid courses combine traditional classroom instruction with online instruction. Some of the time usually spent in the classroom is spent outside of the classroom, generally online using ANGEL. It is a great way to take advantage of the flexibility of online learning while still having the structure and direct contact of a traditional, face to face class.
A Telecourse is a semi-self study, self-paced, distance learning class that combines VHS videos of lectures and materials with study guides, assignments, exams and other information into a complete take-home bundle. There is a Required Orientation where students will meet instructors, receive a syllabus, and course requirements will be discussed. Orientation Sessions are held in the Haselwood Library, on the Bremerton campus, during the first week of every quarter. Exams are generally scheduled, requiring on-campus visits or an exam proctor.
USB-drive courses are self-contained courses delivered on returnable USB memory stick drives. The courses are designed to provide students with little or no internet access a more interactive experience than a telecourse, but not as interactive as an online course.
USB drives are available at the appropriate Division offices on the Bremerton Campus or through the instructor. Please see the Class Schedule Planner for information on where to get your USB drive.
- Access to a Windows-based computer with a USB 2.0 slot.
- USB drive software is self-contained and do not require additional software to be loaded.
- Textbooks are available at the OC bookstore on the Bremerton Campus or online at http://ocbookstore.com