What is eLearning?

Pensacola State College has adopted the broad term, “eLearning” to refer to learning activities that utilize electronic technologies in general and the Internet in particular. The eLearning website is the focal point of Pensacola State College’s eLearning activities and serves as the gateway to Pensacola State College’s eLearning system called Canvas. When searching the PSC course schedule, note that course section numbers identify three different types of eLearning courses offered at PSC.

Distance Learning: Distance learning courses (also referred to as “online” courses) require no on-campus visits. Note, however, many instructors do require proctored testing which the student may complete on a PSC campus or under the supervision of a mutually acceptable proctor living anywhere in the world. Section numbers for Distance Learning courses fall within the following ranges: 9500s, 9600s, 9700s, 7100s. Distance learning courses are asynchronous. This means students are not required to meet with their instructor online at specified dates or times throughout the semester. Note, students are charged an additional fee of $8.33 per credit hour for Distance Learning Courses.

Hybrid: A Hybrid course is one in which some portion of on-campus instruction is replaced with asynchronous instruction delivered to an off-campus location via the Internet. Hybrid courses are designed to simply reduce the number of times a student has to travel to any Pensacola State campus. Section numbers for Hybrid courses fall within the following ranges: 2400s and 7000-7049.

Companion Websites: Companion Websites are web-based resources used to supplement and support traditional on-campus courses. For example, a collection of assigned readings, homework, etc., are the kinds of things one might find on a Companion Website. At some point during a course the instructor might instruct his/her students to access this information, but not in lieu of class attendance. As most courses offered at PSC now include some online component, Companion Websites may carry section numbers in any range excluding those noted above.

Live Online Classes: These classes utilize videoconferencing technology to construct a real-time (synchronous) learning environment for students and instructors. Students login to the PSC videoconferencing system at specified dates and times throughout the semester to “attend” class in this virtual classroom. Live Online classes are perfect for students who prefer real-time contact with an instructor but also wish to pursue their studies from a remote location. Reliable Internet access, a webcam, and microphone are required.