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What is a Web course?

Stark State College offers several types of Web courses. All Web-based courses require the student to have access to the Web, be capable of using email, and other Web tools and to utilize the Web for certain class activities. Carefully read the course description that appears in the course schedule to determine if a course is Web-based, what type of Web course it is and any special software or other requirements for that particular course.

  Web 2 (W2) Web 3 (W3) Web 4 (W4)
Type of Web Course Web-Enabled Web-Delivered Web-Blended /
Web-Essential
Course Type 2-day a week class meets once a week Fully online* Fully online*
Meet In-Person Half-Time
(meet once a week)
No No
Assigned Class Time Yes No Maybe
Required Orientation** Yes Yes Yes

 

PLEASE NOTE: Proctored tests at Stark State College or other approved testing facility may be required for Web 3 and Web 4 courses. Students are responsible for reimbursing the proctor for any costs.

 

Three Types of Web Courses:

  • (Web 2) Web-Enabled Course
  • Students attend class for up to 50 percent of the regularly scheduled class time. Students must attend on the dates listed in the class schedule. The remaining classroom time is replaced with Web-based learning. This type of course offers the student the advantage of face-to-face interaction with the instructor and classmates, while also offering the convenience of fewer visits to the college and the availability of course materials on the Web. The course Web site may contain the syllabus, homework assignments or handouts and students may be required to utilize email, chat rooms, discussion boards or Web-based testing.
    • Web-enabled courses are identified with a W2 in the class schedule.
    • Reduced seat-time compared to traditional courses
  • (Web 3) Web-Delivered Course
    The majority or all of the classroom time is replaced with Web-based learning. This type of course is sometimes called an online or distance learning course. Generally, all instruction is conducted via the Web; although, a particular course may require proctored tests at Stark State College or another testing facility.

    • Web-delivered courses are identified with a W3 in the class schedule.
    • Generally no seat-time required – Proctored testing may be required; the course syllabus will detail testing requirements
  • Web-Blended or Web-Essential (Web 4 – may have required seat time or other required attendance) – Orientation or proctored testing may be required
    Web 4 courses may include combinations of the above options or may use other technologies, like Second Life. Students may be required to login to class on a specific day and time. Generally, all instruction is conducted via the Web.

    • Web-blended or Web-Essential courses are identified with a W4 in the class schedule.
    • There may be a required time to attend class
    • Proctored testing may be required; the course syllabus will detail testing requirements

  • * Proctored tests may be required for Web-Delivered (W3) and Web-Blended or Web-Enhanced (W4) courses.  The tests may be completed at Stark State College or other approved testing facility. A proctored examis completed in a secure, monitored environment where verification of student identity is required.  This process ensures the security and integrity of the testing process, which is required by both the Higher Learning Commission and the Higher Education Opportunity Act. Students are responsible for paying any fees required by the proctor or the proctoring agency.
  • ** All students taking W2, W3 or W4 courses are required to complete an online orientation course.  This will be available prior to the start of the semester.  Students will be notified approximately two weeks before classes begin with details.
  • NOTE:  Carefully read the course description that appears in the course schedule to determine if a course is Web-based, what type of Web course it is and note any special software or other requirements for that particular course.

“I like just about everything. The site is easy to use once you get used to it. It is also easy to email or chat with other students in the class or your instructor.”
– Stacey Hamilton