Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Vol State Fall 2020 Classes are Changing

Vol State Fall 2020 classes are changing. The adjustments will help us handle whatever comes up next in the COVID-19 health crisis. We will still have limited on-campus classes this fall, but to keep the number of students on our campuses at a safe level, where we can practice social distancing, we are utilizing the power of online learning to supplement classes.

Students who have already registered for classes should see the Schedule Planner on My Vol State to view the changes. We have a video and written instructions for how to identify class formats. Visit: www.volstate.edu/covid-adjustment

We want to acquaint people considering college with how we will deliver classes this fall. They will be offered primarily in four formats:

· Online – Fully online classes within eLearn, as we have usually done them. These are labeled Online: Asynchronous, meaning you can log in and receive instruction and do your work at any time. Asynchronous means there are no assigned class times, but there will be assignment due dates each week.

· Virtual Classes will use a videoconferencing service (for example, Zoom) to meet at an assigned time to deliver live instruction. eLearn will be used to submit assignments or access additional materials. These are labeled Virtual Class: Synchronous, which just means that they have assigned days and times for the online class meetings. Our videoconferencing services are free. Software may be downloaded directly from volstate.edu.

· Hybrid – A combination of online or virtual and an on-site, in-person component. The idea is to limit the number of class meetings.

· On-Site Face-to-FaceTraditional classes occurring at one of our campuses. This is primarily for classes that have a significant “hands on” component, such as some science labs, and Health Sciences, Art, and Music instruction, to name a few.

If you are new to online learning, that is not a problem, we will walk you through it. Vol State is ranked number seven in the nation, and number one in Tennessee, for online learning at community colleges, according to the review group College Consensus. We use an online system called eLearn. It’s a web page that will have your classes and assignments. Please take a few minutes to visit this explanatory web page and get acquainted with eLearn: https://www.volstate.edu/elearnsuccess

If you are considering classes this fall, but have not applied yet, we encourage you to do so now. The application is entirely online at www.volstate.edu/apply .

To meet with an Admissions Advisor online or on the phone visit www.volstate.edu/recruiter.

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