Piedmont Community College offers several options in its Distance Learning program. Course formats include Internet, hybrid, and teleclass. These courses are equal to other courses in credit hours, academic rigor, and student requirements.
Internet courses give students access to their courses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Instructor provides all materials, course activities, assignments, and discussions in an online environment. At PCC, all online courses are predominantly asynchronous, meaning that you do your coursework at whatever time of the day you choose. The majority of tests are taken online, although some instructors require that tests be taken on campus. Expect to devote the same amount of time each week as you would for a face-to-face course. That is, if it's a 3-credit hour course, expect 9 hours of work each week. Some courses require specific software. Educational discounts on software may be obtained through the PCC Bookstore.
Hybrid courses blend traditional classroom instruction with online distance education. Students meet on campus for lectures or presentations one class period a week and complete the rest of their course work independently using the Internet. Hybrid courses move a significant part of course learning online and, as a result, reduce the amount of classroom seat time. The goal of hybrid courses is to join the best features of in-class teaching with the best features of online learning to promote active independent learning.
Teleclass courses allow for distribution of live lectures through video conferencing equipment. This equipment allows course instruction to occur through two-way audio and video interaction at connected sites within the college’s service area. The instructor provides live instruction in the origination classroom and appears via video and audio links to the remote instruction sites.