Online Classes 2020

Brazosport College to offer four types of class deliveries this Fall

Brazosport College to offer four types of class deliveries this Fall

Tue Jul 21, 2020

Online classes can seem a little daunting for some people. Fortunately, Brazosport College can put these fears to rest.

The faculty and staff at BC realize that many students — especially those who have never taken an online course — have an understandable fear of the unknown. As a result, the BC faculty and staff have developed a plan to ensure the Fall semester will be as personal and engaging as possible.

Brazosport College will have four different ways for students to take classes, including online courses, scheduled-live online classes, blended courses and some face-to-face classes. Each delivery method has been extremely thought out to not only include the highest safety and health precautions possible, but also to provide students the high-quality, personable experience they are accustomed to receiving from Brazosport College.

But what are these four delivery methods that will be offered and how will they work? Below is a breakdown of each one. With these explanations, not only can students learn more about how classes will be offered, but they can also discover why taking Fall semester classes at Brazosport College will enhance their overall educational experience.

SCHEDULED-LIVE ONLINE

For those looking for an online course that is as close to a face-to-face class as possible, they should consider taking one of the Scheduled-Live Online courses. In a Scheduled-Live Online course, the classes meet at designated class times through a real-time, two-way connection between students and instructors.

“It’s like a normal class, but you don’t have to leave your home,” said Carrie Pritchett, Brazosport College Associate Professor of History. “You meet online at the time your class is scheduled. For example, if you have an 8 a.m. class, you’ll get online at 8 a.m.

“The class is also in a format where you get to interact with your instructor and other students in real-time,” she added. “It allows you to have that personal contact with each other even though you aren’t actually at the College.”

Similar to other online class formats, students also are usually able to watch a video of the lecture at a later time in case they missed it or if they need to take more detailed notes.

For her courses, Pritchett even attempts to open her virtual classrooms a little early, just like she would if she was holding a class on campus.

“I can’t speak for everyone, but usually I will log in a little early so I can talk to students before the class starts,” she said. “I really believe you need that social interaction. You get to see and get to know people just like you would in an in-person class”

Pritchett also stresses that her and her fellow BC instructors are available for one-on-one visits online just like they would be on campus.

ONLINE

If students are seeking a more traditional online experience, BC is offering many classes without scheduled, face-to-face meetings. These courses are entirely online. Although students still have deadlines, they can usually work at their own pace.

“With the online courses, you don’t have the travel time and you don’t physically have to go to campus,” said Dr. Gregg Greer, Brazosport College Division Chair, Business Administration and Computer Technology. “You can also make the class schedule fit your personal schedule.”

Greer, who is over BC’s Bachelor of Applied Technology program and the business, office administration and computer technology programs, is quick to point out that help is only a click away for online students.

“Your instructor will be available, as are our campus services,” he said. “For example, our writing and math centers are all available online and they do an excellent job. We are all still here for our students.”

The BC Library is also available to students, as well as other forms of assistance, including financial aid, counseling, the Informational Technology helpdesk or other services. The College’s staff and faculty are all available online and are ready to assist students.

BLENDED CLASSES

Another option for BC students this Fall will be Blended courses, which will consist of both online courses and limited, small-group, face-to-face meetings. Blended courses are the best option for classes that require labs or other hands-on elements.

“Instead of meeting on a couple of times a week, we will be splitting the class up,” said Joy Kennedy-O’Neill, Brazosport College Associate Professor of English. “Instead of meeting on Tuesday and Thursday, for example, the class will be split up, and half the class will meet on Tuesday and the other half on Thursday. This is so we can create as much social distancing as possible in the classroom. This will then be combined with an online component.”

Although students will occasionally meet on campus in these blended courses, it’s important to note that these in-person meetings will be much smaller than usual.

FACE-TO-FACE

The fourth and final delivery method in the Fall semester will be a limited amount of Face-to-Face offerings. These classes are generally very difficult to do online.

A few examples of these types of classes would be many of BC’s workforce training programs and music department classes. Students should still check the schedule, however, as some of BC’s workforce programs will also have online elements included in the classes. Face-to-Face courses will be limited to smaller groups and will have strict social distancing measures, as well as other precautions in place.

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Although, all four of these course offerings have been selected with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services, Brazosport College is ensuring that all classes have as much interaction as possible.

Brazosport College is currently registering for the Fall 2020 semester. For more information, visit www.brazosport.edu/choose or call (979) 230-3000. To learn more about Brazosport College’s plans for the Fall semester, visit www.brazosport.edu/BacktoBC