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Online classes are taught by the same outstanding faculty members who teach at the SCC and SFCC campuses. An online student is no different from a student taking classes on campus. Your diploma and transcripts look the same whether you take your program in an online, hybrid, or face-to-face format.

You also apply to college the same way. Once you select your program, apply at either SCC or SFCC.  There are various ways to take classes other than in-person. These are referred to as modalities or modes of instruction.

Some common definitions of instructional modes are below.

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In-Person (P)

What It Is: Good old traditional class. You'll come to campus and sit in a classroom with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times. Expect some use of online tools.

Example: Every Thursday evening, you're in class from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., learning face-to-face.

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Online Asynchronous (OA)

What It Is: Here, you get to choose when you study, as long as you meet deadlines. There are no scheduled class meetings, but your instructor might offer optional times to meet online for extra help.

Example: You'll do all your learning online, on your own schedule. But, your teacher might have office hours or special sessions you can join if you want.

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Online Asynchronous with In-Person (OB)

What It Is: Like the OA classes, but with a twist. You'll still study on your own time, but there will be a few times you need to come to campus for exams or to pick up/drop off materials.

Example: All learning is on your time, but count on being on campus a couple of times for big tests or to get and return course materials.

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Hybrid (HY)

What It Is: A mix of in-person and online learning. Some classes will be on campus, and others will be online, either at a set time or on your own schedule.

Example: You might be on campus a couple of days a week, and then have online sessions or work to do on the other days.

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Flexible (FL)

What It Is: The ultimate in flexibility. You can choose to be in the classroom or study on your own time. You may even be able to join live online. And you can switch it up as often as you like.

Example: You might start the week in the classroom, join a live video session mid-week, and then study on your own time for the rest of the week.

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Online Scheduled (OS)

What It Is: Think of this as a virtual classroom. You'll join your classmates and instructor online, on specific days and times, just like you would for an in-person class, but through a video conference tool. Sometimes, there might be activities that you can do on your own time, too. And yes, you might have exams that you take online with someone watching (proctored) to make sure everything's fair.

Example: Imagine logging into a video call every day at 9:00 a.m. for a 50-minute class. That's what this is like.

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Online Scheduled with In-Person (OW)

What It Is: Mostly, you'll be in the virtual classroom at set times, just like the OS classes. But, you'll also need to come to campus a few times for things like exams or special activities. Don't worry; there won't be more campus visits than the number of credits the class is worth.

Example: You'll meet online for class every day at 9:00 a.m. But, plan on visiting campus twice during the quarter for midterms and finals, and maybe once at the beginning to pick up or at the end to drop off materials.

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**Computer Setup requires a computer with internet as well as a webcam, speaker, and a microphone. 

Online classes are offered during the same quarterly sessions, cost the same tuition and fees, and carry the same credits and accreditation as on campus classes.  This means they carry the same academic rigor, expectations, and transcript impact as any other credit bearing college class.  However, some special considerations should be made:

  • Your success in online classes are 100 percent dependent on you, the student, to be self-motivated, organized, and able to maintain a schedule where you can keep track of and meet due dates and deadlines.
  • Without dedicated classroom space, it is up to you as an online student to ensure you have adequate space to complete your work independently with minimal distractions.
  • Online instruction includes text, videos, discussions, web-conferencing, peer collaboration and more. It’s your responsibility to read and view all materials provided by your instructors and to follow their directions. Each online instructor teaches and communicates differently. You should be prepared to spend more hours on classwork than you would for on-campus classes.   
  • Without the physical presence of an instructor available to you, it is your responsibility to contact your instructors with questions and requests for clarification.

Specific technology skills may vary by program and course. Training for online learning tools such as Canvas will be provided, but you are expected to have basic computer skills. Before taking an online class, it is recommended that you are able to:

  • Download and install software applications
  • Create, save and manage files including extracting Zip files
  • View PDF documents
  • Use e-mail applications including sending and receiving attachments
  • Use a web browser proficiently
  • Multitask with web browsers and software applications
  • Use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Use a webcam and microphone
  • Take screenshots
  • Identify your web browser and operating system version

If you think you need help with these skills, contact

Students from all states are welcome to apply! Spokane Community College (SCC) and Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) are members of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This allows us to offer distance education to students in member states without seeking individual approval.

If you will be taking online classes from outside the state of Washington, please visit our Out of State Students page before applying.