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Distance Education Overview

Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) participates with Georgia Virtual Technical Connection (GVTC) by offering courses over the Internet. The Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) is used by SCTC and GVTC as the primary form of online course delivery. There are three types of courses offered through SCTC including: Online (O), Hybrid (K1 and K2), and Web-enhanced (V).

Online (O) courses are taught through Blackboard LMS over the Internet. Students come to campus only if their instructors require them to take a proctored test. They may also be required on campus for: presentations, orientation at the beginning of the semester or other reasons as deemed necessary by the instructor.

Hybrid (K1) courses include 50 percent or less of instructional time in the classroom with the balance of the time via the Blackboard LMS. It is considered an online class but affords students more face to face interaction with the instructor than a traditional online class.

Hybrid (K2) courses include 50 percent or more face to face instructional time in the classroom with the balance percentage via the Blackboard LMS.

Web-enhanced (V) courses are traditional classroom courses that use the Blackboard LMS as an important component of the course. Students interested in taking online courses can find courses offered by looking at the course schedule that is released before registration begins each semester.

Student emails must be setup to access any SCTC account. For step-by-step instructions, view this video.

Security for our students using the Blackboard LMS is important to SCTC. The Blackboard LMS uses a unique user ID and password protection for all classes taught at the college. Each student is assigned a unique student number when they enroll. The login is created with two identifiers: the first is the college identifier; and the second is the unique student ID that is created in Banner - the college database. The password is a generic password. The first time a student logs into the system it must be changed immediately before entering the Blackboard LMS.

Helpdesk for Blackboard and Student e-mail. The Helpdesk can be found at http://studenthelpdesk.sctech.edu/ under Quick Links in the left column of the Current Students page. The Helpdesk strives to help all students within 24 hours of the request, during school hours Monday through Thursday. All Helpdesk requests submitted between 11:00 A.M. Friday and 8:00 A.M. Monday will be answered as soon as possible on Monday.

Additional information about using the Blackboard LMS can be found at: https://www.sctech.edu/currentstudents/academic-affairs/online-learning/.

If your course is not offered at SCTC this semester, SCTC students can take online courses from other Georgia Technical Colleges. To find out more about online courses offered at other Georgia Technical Colleges, go to the following GVTC link: http://www.gvtc.org/.

Please submit Blackboard and Student Email requests to the Blackboard and Student EMAIL Helpdesk.

Reciprocity Agreements

Southern Crescent Technical College has been approved by the State of Georgia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.

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