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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Jun 27, 2022
 
2021-2022 Catalog [Aug. 2021-Aug. 2022] 
  
2021-2022 Catalog [Aug. 2021-Aug. 2022]

Academics: FSCJ Online


For many students today, family, work and personal responsibilities often take first priority for their time and can become a barrier to attaining educational goals via traditional classroom opportunities. As technologies continue to advance and new expectation and personal preferences for work/life balance evolve, online learning has, for many, become the most practical and convenient mode of learning. To meet the needs of these students, Florida State College at Jacksonville Online offers alternative learning options that require minimal or no attendance at site-based classes and/or testing.

Students can choose to enroll in “live online” (synchronous) courses, in which the instructor meets the class as a group in Canvas, through myFSCJ, at regular, designated days and times. Students are expected to spend time studying the material, completing exercises and submitting work during the set class time as well as on their own as required. Students alternatively 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 there are no scheduled class times or dates to meet virtually. Online courses require minimal or no attendance at site-based classes and/or testing.

Online students can choose to complete specific coursework or a full degree program, confident that they will receive the same student support and academic resources available to those attending traditional face-to-face or hybrid classes. 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, motivation, and self-discipline. Students who are new to college or to online learning are encouraged to take a limited number of online courses at the start to get a feel for college coursework and online expectations before signing up for a full schedule of online courses.