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For many students, family, work, and personal responsibilities often take priority for their time and can become a barrier to attaining educational goals. As technologies continue to advance and new expectations and personal preferences for work/life balance evolve, online learning has, for many, become the most practical and convenient mode of learning. Students have the option to enroll in traditional distance learning online (asynchronous) courses in which they are expected to complete coursework according to the syllabus and course calendar, but generally, there are no scheduled class times or dates to meet virtually. Students can choose to enroll in “live online” (synchronous) courses, in which the instructor meets the class as a group in Canvas, a Learning Management System or LMS, on regular, designated days and times. FSCJ has defined different class types for students to choose from. To learn more about these class types, please refer to the Class Types Defined information page.

At FSCJ Online, courses are delivered through an LMS that offers a variety of tools for building and delivering instructional content, promoting course interactions, providing course activities and assessments, and monitoring learning progress. In addition, the LMS includes several communication tools that allow students to interact virtually with fellow classmates and connect with the instructor via synchronous and asynchronous communication methods from different locations. Some online courses utilize publisher-supported online learning platforms in conjunction with Canvas. Students are required to have reliable Internet access and a computer that meets technical requirements. Other minimum technological and digital literacy skills may be required.

Online students have the option to either complete specific coursework or enroll in a full degree program. Students are expected to dedicate time to studying the material, completing exercises, and submitting their work during the set class time as well as on their own time as required. Online courses require minimal or no attendance on site for course activities. Students will receive the same student support and academic resources that are available to those attending traditional (face-to-face) classroom instruction or hybrid classes. To find out more about the current online degrees and certificates, please visit the FSCJ Online webpage.

Online Student Resources, Services, and Academic Support

FSCJ Online offers various resources and tools to support student success in an online learning environment. Select each resource to learn more.

New to Online Courses?

Online courses are rigorous and require significant study time and regular participation, motivation, and self-discipline. Students new to college or online learning are encouraged to take a limited number of online courses to familiarize themselves and adapt to online course workload expectations before signing up for a full online schedule.

 As a part of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the initiative Quality e-Learning for Students and Teachers (QueST) is being implemented to enhance the quality of online classes. Under this initiative, students will be given opportunities to learn about QueST and engage with it, including earning digital badges. If you want to know more about QEP and its benefits for students, please visit the QEP Information for Students page.

Florida State College at Jacksonville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Florida State College at Jacksonville may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

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