Distance Learning

Eastern Shore Community College seeks to provide distance learning opportunities for its students who are unable to attend classes on the college campus or who prefer the online learning environment.  The distance learning opportunities at ESCC meet all quality standards set forth for traditional on-campus programs to carry out the mission of the College and to support the initiatives of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Guidelines-for-Credit-Distance-Learning-Offerings [PDF]

Is Distance Learning right for you?

  • While it’s true that online courses bring greater flexibility and convenience to taking college courses, online and hybrid courses are best suited for self-motivated students who are comfortable with independent learning. Download the Online Readiness Self-Assessment to see if online learning is right for you.
  • Before registering for any ESCC Distance Learning course, you should make sure that you have certain technology-based skills. See the list of Technology Skills Necessary for Success in Online Courses. Your instructor will not be teaching these skills as part of the course content.
  • If you do not yet possess the skills needed, you can register (space permitting) for ITE 115, Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts which may help you develop the technology skills needed to succeed in online courses.

Distance Learning course formats offered by ESCC

  • ESCC Online Courses: Online courses may be taken anywhere there is access to the Internet. While classroom attendance is not required, your instructor may require synchronous weekly sessions via Blackboard Collaborate or another web-conferencing software.
  • Shared Services Distance Learning Courses (SSDL): SSDL courses are online courses available to ESCC students through a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI). Students register for, pay for, and take the class like any ESCC class. There is an SSDL Liaison on campus to help students navigate through some of the different requirements of taking an SSDL course.
  • Hybrid Courses: Hybrid courses combine classroom learning with online learning. In a hybrid course, a significant portion of the class learning activities are online, which reduces the amount of time spent in a traditional, face-to-face classroom.  Students benefit from the quality instruction and flexibility of both the online and classroom learning environments.
  • Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Online Courses: Additional distance learning courses are available through other colleges that are also part of the Virginia Community College System. See a list of currently available online courses offered throughout the VCCS. 

Resources for Distance Learning Students

Orientation for Students New to Online Classes

In addition, students who have never taken an online class should attend an orientation to online learning offered by the college’s Blackboard Administrator.  This orientation is usually offered at the college in a computer lab a couple of different times on the day before classes are scheduled to begin each semester.

Additional Requirements

Individual classes may require additional skills beyond the minimum requirement for most online classes.  It is the instructor’s responsibility to inform students of these necessary skills.

Technical Support Contact

Malcolm F. White
Information Systems Technologist
Office Location: A50

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