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About Online Learning

Columbus State's online/distance learning (DL) offerings are a unique alternative to traditional on-campus learning. Online/distance learning allows students from around the city or around the globe to learn, using the latest interactive web and video technologies, without the limits of time and place.

Online Learning can provide a more flexible learning environment for students with job and family responsibilities.

There are currently three types of Online Learning at Columbus State: web-based courses, blended (hybrid) courses, and videoconferencing courses.

Web-based Courses

Web course instruction is held completely online, although most web courses require testing at one of the CSCC testing sites. Students located outside of the central Ohio area may be proctored at authorized institutions, with the approval of their instructor. To participate in a web course, a student must have access to a computer and the Internet coupled with basic computer knowledge. A student may use a computer at home, at a campus lab, a library, or elsewhere. Some web courses require real-time, online collaboration at specific dates and times using web-conferencing. Please consult the course syllabus or academic department for details and technical requirements for your computer.

Next: Advantages and Challenges of Web-based Courses

Blended (Hybrid) Courses

A blended (hybrid) course is an online course with required real-time, face-to-face sessions. Blended course instruction is split between learning activities online and in a specified location, based on course content.

Next: Advantages and Challenges of Blended (Hybrid) Courses

Videoconferencing Courses

A videoconference course is held face-to-face at specific dates and times in a classroom. A videoconference is between two or more classrooms or sites communicating through a real-time interactive video and audio connection with one or more instructors. The videoconference instructor(s) may alternate instructing from each face-to-face site, communicating with students at the other sites through a TV monitor and microphone. Students can see and speak with the teacher and students at all sites in real time.

Next: Advantages and Challenges of Videoconferencing Courses

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