SRTC Procedure: Distance Education

Purpose:
The purpose of the Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) Distance Education Procedure is to provide students access to quality technology-based learning opportunities.

Distance Education Courses:
Distance education courses are developed and evaluated based on the SRTC Procedure: Quality Assurance for Distance Education.

Faculty Orientation:
The faculty training for distance education incorporates modes of delivery; developing and building of courses; use of approved courseware; and updating distance education courses using the latest technology, software, etc.

Library and Other Learning Resources:
SRTC provides students enrolled in distance education courses with adequate access to learning resources. Students have access to on-campus library collections and virtual databases including GALILEO and course-specific resources accessible through SRTC’s website, Georgia Virtual Technical Connection’s learning management system (LMS), and distance education courses.

Student Affairs:
SRTC provides distance education students with the same student affairs information that is provided to on-campus students via SRTC‘s website and LMS.

Admission and Graduation Requirements:
Students enrolled in distance education courses meet the same requirements for admission and degree/diploma/technical certificate of credit completion as students enrolled in campus-based programs. The curriculum of each program is the same regardless of course delivery mode. The instructional content and academic credit of distance education courses are equivalent to that of corresponding on-campus courses.

Grading and Transcripts:
Procedures for academic and work ethics grading and transcripts are the same for distance education courses as for on-campus courses. There is no notation on the transcript that identifies a course as delivered via distance education.

Responsibility:
The Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs has the overall responsibility for ensuring this procedure is implemented.

References:
SRTC Procedure: Quality Assurance for Distance Education

Status:
Adopted: 10-20-2014
Implemented: 07-01-2015
Revised: 12-12-2017