About Online Classes and Distance Learning
Westmoreland County Community College understands that balancing college with other responsibilities is challenging. Westmoreland now offers programs completely online to help you achieve your educational success while still meeting your professional and personal obligations. Students can now complete their degrees online preparing them for an exciting new career or advancement in their current one. Online learning provides flexibility and convenience at the same tuition rate as face to face classes.
Our online/distance learning courses offer a complementary alternative to the traditional learning environment. These modes of learning allow students from any location to use state-of-the-art interactive web conferencing technologies and a course management system at convenient times and locations for the student. This environment provides a flexible and engaging learning environment for students with a rigorous schedule.
Westmoreland currently uses Blackboard Learn as a learning management system and Blackboard Collaborate for web conferencing.
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Types of Distance Education
Online courses are conducted online via a course management system. Students have the options of using a personal computer at home, campus lab, library or at a preferred location. Students will interact with their instructor and classmates remotely via discussion boards, assignments, group projects and adhere to deadlines set within the course. Online courses may require proctored exams at the discretion of the instructor. Courses are indicated by ending in W_. (Course code examples: EDU 200 WA)
Blended (Hybrid) courses meet real-time in a face-to-face setting, on ground, at a predetermined classroom location, date and time. Instruction is split between learning activities online and in a specified location, based on subject matter. Students and instructors will meet in a face-to-face classroom/lab setting at least once a week and complete work asynchronously (outside of the classroom) for the remaining class time. A portion (no more than 50%) of the planned instruction and testing will occur outside of the classroom, when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place. Courses will utilize a course management system and other technologically-enhanced components. Courses are indicated by ending in B_. (Course code example: PDV 101 BA).
Web Conferencing courses are conducted real-time in a face-to-face setting at specific dates and times, involving two or more locations. Courses may be offered at the Youngwood campus or at college education centers ( Murrysville, Fayette, Indiana, Latrobe and New Kensington). Instructors may alternate instructing from each location, communicating through a TV monitor, microphone or telephone conferencing system. Students may attend at any of these locations and will see and speak with the instructor and students at all sites in real time. A learning management system and web conferencing technology will be utilized. Courses are indicated by ending in _0. (Course code examples: ALH 120 30-New Kensington)
Live Interactive courses are live streamed, real-time courses that allow students to meet via video chat. Students may login to these courses from home, a library or computer lab and utilize chat, audio and video to communicate with their instructor and peers. Some instructors may teach from a classroom at a Westmoreland location, allowing the student to attend either from home or in person. This method is supplemented by Blackboard, which is an online classroom that houses assignments, content, activities and grades. For the best experience, students are required to have access to a camera, microphone and audio. Courses are indicated by ending in WZN. (Course code example: ALH 120 WZN)
Blended-Live Interactive are courses where half of the content is delivered online and half via web conferencing. These are similar to traditional blended courses, with the exception being that the face-to-face component is replaced with live streamed video meetings. Students may login to these courses from home, a library or computer lab and utilize chat, audio and video to communicate with their instructor and peers. Some instructors may teach from a classroom at a Westmoreland location, allowing the student to attend either from home or in person. This method is supplemented by Blackboard, which is an online classroom that houses assignments, content, activities and grades. For the best experience, students are required to have access to a camera, microphone and audio. Courses are indicated by ending in BWZN. (Course code example: BUS 120 BWZN)