Bevill State Community College addresses the enormous impact which technology has on higher education. This involves the application of varied strategies that deliver education to students who are in a different location other than that of the instructor. Three distinct approaches to distance education are utilized by the College:
- Interactive Intercampus Television System (IITS) An instructor can teach students at a local site and at remote sites simultaneously. The instructor and students can see each other and interact as though they are in the same classroom even though some are as far as sixty miles apart.
- Web-Based Instruction In order to achieve the goal of providing convenient courses to students at any time or place, the College offers web-based instruction. Students interested in enrolling in internet courses should visit the College website at www.bscc.edu to obtain information concerning equipment/software and course requirements.
- Hybrid Courses Hybrid courses combine in-class activities such as exams, and/or labs with web-based components. Time in class is reduced and is replaced with web-based coursework that is required to complete the course. Students must come to class as scheduled for lectures and exams, complete assignments, and work with others to complete group assignments or projects.
Academic Testing Centers are located on each campus to provide distance education students proctored testing in an environment conducive to testing. Faculty must contact the testing center to schedule appropriate times and dates for student testing. Students are responsible for scheduling exams in the academic testing center one week prior to the exam availability
Successful distance education students are self-directed, mature, disciplined, and highly motivated people. Students who take IITS and web-based courses must be able to work independently with a minimum amount of face-to-face contact with faculty and a minimum amount of interaction with other students. Students assume full responsibility for developing a highly personalized study plan and adhering strictly to that plan to ensure individual learning.