Distance education also readily available

Published 9:08 am Friday, July 24, 2009

Beyond the traditional class formats, today’s colleges provide an ever-increasing number of distance education options to ensure access to higher education, and Paul D. Camp Community College is no exception.

Simply put, distance education is a formal educational process in which the majority of instruction occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. In most cases, distance education is a structured learning experience delivered away from an academic institution in an alternate location such as work or home. Many students choose distance education offerings to accommodate their busy work schedules and family responsibilities.

In addition to Web-enhanced courses relying partially on the Internet for delivery and interactive video (compressed video) classes, which are synchronous with student and teacher interaction in real time, PDCCC offers many online courses through its Distance Education program.

Online Courses

Online courses rely on the Internet and course management software as the basis for course delivery, which includes content and materials and interaction between students and instructors. However, some online courses require participation in face-to-face settings (proctored exams, for example). In either case, students taking an online class for the first time must attend a mandatory Blackboard training session.

Students can choose online courses from PDCCC or from other community colleges in the VCCS. Upcoming online courses at PDCCC can be found in the Fall Schedule on the College’s Web site.

Fall 2009 Online Offerings

Fall Semester online choices at PDCCC include the following:

Accounting—ACC 212: Principles of Accounting II.

Administrative Support Technology—AST 141: Word Processing I; AST 234: Records and Database Management; AST 243: Office Administration I; and AST 253: Advanced Desktop Publishing I.

Biology—BIO 101: General Biology I; and BIO 270: General Ecology.

Business Management and Administration—BUS 100: Introduction to Business and BUS 165: Small Business Management; BUS 236: Communication in Management; BUS 241: Business Law I; and BUS 280: and Introduction to International Business.

Childhood Development—CHD 166: Infant and Toddler Programs and CHD 216: Early Childhood Programs, School, and Social Change.

Computer Science—CSC 200: Introduction to Computer Science. Communication Studies and the Theatre—CST 100: Principles of Public Speaking.

Economics —ECO 201: Principles of Macroeconomics.

English—ENG 111: College Composition I and ENG 112: College Composition II.

Geography—GEO 210: People and the Land: Introduction to Cultural Geography.

Health—HLT 110: Personal and Community Health and HLT 116: Personal Wellness.

History—HIS 101: History of Western Civilization I; HIS 121 U.S. History I; HIS 122: U.S. History II; and HIS 141: Afro—American American History I.

Humanities—HUM 220: Introduction to African American History.

Information Technology Essentials—ITE 115: Introduction to Computer Application and Concepts; ITE 130: Introduction to Internet Services; ITE 140: Spreadsheet Software; ITE 150: Desktop Database Software; ITE 160: Introduction to E—Commerce; and ITE 215: Advanced Computer Application and Integration.

Information Technology Networking—ITN 101: Introduction to Network Concepts; ITN 107: PC Hardware and Troubleshooting; and ITN 150: Networking Fundamentals and Introductory Routing (Cisco).

Information Technology Programming—ITP 160: Introduction to Game Design and Development.

Marketing—MKT 100: Principles of Marketing.

Natural Science—NAS 125: Meteorology.

Philosophy—PHI 226: Social Ethics.

Physical Education and Recreation—PED 103: Aerobic Fitness I.

Political Science—PLS 130: Basics of American Politics and PLS 211: U.S. Government I.

Psychology—PSY 201: Introduction to Psychology I; PSY 230: Developmental Psychology; and PSY 235: Child Psychology.

Religion—REL 210: Survey of the New Testament.

Student Development—SDV 100: College Success Skills.

Sociology—SOC 201: Introduction to Sociology I.

Spanish—SPA 101: Beginning Spanish I and SPA 102: Beginning Spanish II

For information on other courses and options available at PDCCC, call 569-6700, or visit our Web site at www.pdc.edu.