Southwest Tech offers courses in various formats. During the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the way we deliver different courses is a bit in flux. As a technical college many of our courses require that the student and instructor be able to engage in face-to-face learning, while other courses can be offered in alternative formats. This page attempts to explain the differences in the different format options so students are better prepared for the experience of their courses.

Online Delivery FormatOnline

ONLINE COURSES consist of 100% (*Asynchronous) online course work. There are no requirements of on campus hours for these classes. Sometimes these courses use hands-on material provided to the students.

What this means at Southwest Tech:

Any online courses that were designed and offered prior to the COVID-19 shut down will continue to be offered in the designated format.

COVID-19 Example:

Written Comm was offered online before COVID-19 and will continue to be offered online for the fall 2020 semester.

Remote Delivery FormatRemote

REMOTE COURSES are classes that are currently being offered virtually (*Synchronous or Asynchronous as deemed by faculty). They try to follow the format of a face to face course using distance Technology (Zoom).

What this means at Southwest Tech:

Some courses that were designed and offered prior to the COVID-19 shut down have changed delivery methods.

COVID-19 Example:

Introduction to Psychology was scheduled for face to face delivery and will now be remotely delivered for the fall 2020 semester.

Blended Delivery FormatBlended

BLENDED COURSES are classes that consist of a mix of on campus time requirements and online materials. These courses were designed to be face to face with an online component.

What this means at Southwest Tech:

Courses that were being delivered at a reduced in class time requirement (usually a 1/3 ratio) will continue to be offered in this format.

COVID-19 Example:

Speech was typically delivered in a remote format where two hours are face to face and one hour is online. This format will remain the same.

Face to Face Delivery FormatFace to Face

FACE TO FACE COURSES are classes that consist of 100% in person instruction. This format is usually required for classes where instructors must observe students demonstrating skills (any lab classes).

What this means at Southwest Tech:

Any courses that were designed and offered with 100% on campus requirement prior to the COVID-19 shut down.

COVID-19 Example:

Nursing Fundamentals was offered 100% face to face, and will continue to be offered in this format.

* Asynchronous learning happens on a flexible schedule. Instructors provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, within a weekly time frame. Methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules, videos, posted lecture notes, and discussion boards.

* Synchronous learning happens in real time. This means that Instructors and students interact in a specific virtual place/time. It’s not exactly anywhere, anyhow, anytime. Methods of synchronous online learning include video conferencing, teleconferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures (Zoom).