Bevill State Community College has taken the initiative to address the enormous impact that technology is having on higher education. This initiative involves the application of varied strategies that deliver education to students who are in a different location other than that of the instructor. Three distinct approaches to distance education have been implemented by the College:
Interactive Inter-campus Television System (IITS) An instructor can teach students at a local site and at remote sites simultaneously. The instructor and students can see each other and interact as though they were in the same classroom even though some are as far as sixty miles apart.
In order to achieve the goal of providing convenient courses to students at any time or place, the College offers web-based instruction. Students interested in enrolling in internet courses should visit the Online Courses section to obtain information concerning equipment/software and course requirements.
Hybrid courses combine in-class lectures with web-based assignments. Time in class is reduced and is replaced with web-based assignments that are required to complete the course. Students must come to class as scheduled for lectures and exams, complete web-based assignments, and work with others to complete group assignments or projects.
Testing Centers are located on each campus to provide distance education students proctored testing in an environment conducive to testing. Faculty must contact the testing center to schedule appropriate times and dates for the students test.
Successful distance education students are self-directed, mature, disciplined, and highly motivated people. Students who take IITS and web-based courses must be able to work independently with a minimum amount of face-to-face contact with faculty and a minimum amount of interaction with other students. Students assume full responsibility for developing a highly personalized study plan and adhering strictly to that plan to ensure individual learning.