This site has been developed to support your learning as a distance education student, including an introduction to distance education, considerations in becoming a distance learner, Blackboard, technical requirements, and how to access help as you proceed through your course.
Distance education is instruction that occurs when the instructor and student are separated by distance, time, or both. A wide array of technologies are currently used to link the instructor and the student. Courses may be offered via videotape, broadcast television, interactive television (ITV), audio tapes, audioconferencing, CD-ROM and computer networking - including e-mail, the Internet, and the World Wide Web. Most of the distance courses at St. Scholastica will be offered via a Web-based course tool, such as Blackboard.
Blackboard Learning Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of e-Learning solutions for higher education. and it provides a highly secure online learning environment. The system allows students 24/7 access to course content, interactive surveys and quizzes, online calendars, and individual grade information provided by your instructor. All courses at St. Scholastica come with an online Blackboard site. Some instructors at the College use Blackboard to supplement their traditional face-to-face courses.
To learn more about Blackboard, you can visit their web site at http://www.blackboard.com/