SUNY Broome Community College has been involved in Distance Education since 1997 when the College first partnered with the SUNY Learning Network to begin offering fully online courses. Since then, our participation in Distance Education initiatives has grown tremendously and continues to evolve. What began as just a few fully online courses has become a robust program that includes a continuum of modalities available to enhance student learning. Courses that utilize online instructional technology at SUNY Broome can be divided into three basic categories: Fully Online, Blended and Web Supplemented. Below is a description of each as well the Instructional Method used to identify them on the Course Schedule in Banner. Please note, that fully face-to-face courses may contain required online components. This is addressed in the “General Classroom Standards” area of the College Catalog:
“Students should be prepared for the requirement to use a computer in any course they register for at SUNY Broome regardless of whether it is a fully online, blended or face-to-face section. Questions regarding the types of activities required in a specific course or section should be directed to the department offering the course.”
Fully Online (Distance Learning Asynchronous):
A fully online course is typically asynchronous meaning that is does not require face-to-face or synchronous (specific online meeting time) interaction for students. Asynchronous courses are not typically self-paced, as students will need to participate in activities each week and meet due dates throughout the semester. A fully online course utilizes a web-based software application called a Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver online content, conduct asynchronous discussion, manage assignments, and/or deliver exams/quizzes among other activities. It should be noted that not all online courses utilize all of these content items.
These courses are designated with a “Y” in the section code when listed on the course tally (ex: ENG 111Y01) and can be filtered out in a list by searching for “Distance Learning Asynch” in the Instructional Method dropdown list on the Class Schedule Search page in Banner. If a fully online course contains a synchronous component such as a proctored exam, the specific synchronous component should be noted in the Section Text Comment Area which is located directly below the course name.
Blended (Distance Learning Asynch (Blended)):
A blended course is designated with a “B” in the course section code and indicates that the course meets both on campus and online. In a blended course, a significant part of the course learning is online and, as a result, the amount of classroom seat-time is reduced, but not eliminated. While every blended course is organized differently, the underlying goal of the blended format is to join the best practices of face-to-face teaching with the best features of online instructional technology to promote active independent learning and reduce class seat time.
A listing of blended courses offered for a particular semester can be found by searching for “Distance Learning Asynch (Blended)” in the Instructional Method dropdown list on the Class Schedule Search page in Banner.
Web Supplemented (No Designator in Banner):
The third type of course that falls into the realm of Distance Education is the Web-Supplemented course. This is a course that has all of the elements of a traditional face-to-face course but is enhanced with components that utilize our Learning Management System. Web-supplemented courses are a diverse combination of offerings that incorporate many of the instructional tools utilized in our fully online or blended courses but do not reduce classroom seat time in doing so. There is no designator in the section course code to indicate a web supplemented course and no Instructional Method exists to filter out web supplement courses within the course listing in Banner. Rather, it is assumed that any course offered at SUNY Broome may incorporate technology and the use of a computer into instruction.