The rapid growth of the Internet and the use of mobile devices have made online learning a desirable option for students pursuing higher education. For many students today, family, work and personal responsibilities often take first priority for time and become a barrier to traditional educational opportunities. To meet the needs of these students, Florida State College at Jacksonville Online offers a variety of alternative learning opportunities that require minimal or no attendance at site-based classes and/or testing. Students can choose online classes and seek a degree according to their circumstances and needs while receiving the same student support and academic resources when they attend a traditional face-to-face class. To learn more about current online degrees and certificates, visit the FSCJ Online website at fscj.edu/academics/schools-of-learning/online-learning.
At FSCJ Online, courses are delivered through a Learning Management System (LMS), a teaching and learning platform. The LMS 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 virtually interact with fellow classmates and to connect with the instructor via synchronous and asynchronous communication methods from different locations. Students are required to have reliable Internet access and a computer that meets technical requirements.
Some courses may require additional hardware and software. For details about specific course requirements, students should refer to the information found in their schedule in the myFSCJ portal.
Online Student Resources and Academic Support
FSCJ Online offers various resources and tools to support student success in an online learning environment:
- Career Coach
- FSCJ Library Guides
- Library and Learning Commons Online Access
- LMS Tutorials and Demonstrations
- Netiquette (Online Manners)
- Online Tutoring
- Online Writing Resources
- Proctored Exam Options
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- Student Assistance Program
- Technical Support via Helpdesk
Online courses are rigorous and require a significant amount of study time and regular participation. Success in an online course involves self-motivation and discipline. Students who are new to college should consider campus-based courses first to get a feel for college-level courses before signing up for online courses.