Online Learning

Our alternative learning formats make college more accessible to those who have busy schedules. If your work schedule, family obligations, or transportation arrangements make it difficult to attend regularly scheduled classes, try one or several of the distance learning formats we have available.

 

Types of Classes

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What do these terms mean?

Web-based courses take place completely in a virtual environment, with no set or required meeting days or times. 

CSM has offered these classes for years, but now they are listed with a location of “Virtual Campus.” Each term has a start and end date, but these classes do not have regularly scheduled dates and times for students to log in. 

Real-Time Technology (RTT) courses take place in a virtual environment, with scheduled meeting days and times for live lectures and class activities. 

The campus location may be either a specific physical campus (La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick, or Regional Hughesville) or the new "Virtual Campus."

Hybrid courses combine distance learning and in-person instruction. Some on-campus instruction or activity is mandatory* for these courses, in order to meet requirements that can’t be fulfilled remotely. 

Hybrid courses have physical campus locations for the on-campus component; have start and end dates; and have specific meeting days and times.

Will students be meeting on campus?

No, all classes will be in a virtual environment.

Maybe, depending on college's operational status. 

RTT classes that have a physical campus designation will begin in the virtual environment and may move to in-person classes at the listed location, if the college enacts its return-to-campus procedures.

RTT courses with a location of “Virtual Campus” will be held in a virtual environment for the entire duration of the course.

Yes, some on-campus instruction or activity is mandatory* for these courses, in order to meet requirements that can’t be fulfilled remotely.

Are there scheduled class meeting times?

No, these classes do not have regularly scheduled dates and times for students to log in. 

Yes, classes have specific meeting days and times where you can expect to login to your computer to interact with your instructor and/or other students.

Yes, classes have specific meeting days and times where you can expect to come to campus or login to your computer to interact with your instructor and/or other students.

How will these classes appear in Online Services?

Instruction Type:
Web-Based

Location:
Virtual Campus

Schedule:
No meeting days or times

Instruction Type
Real-Time Technology

Location:
"Virtual Campus" or a CSM Campus location 

Schedule:
Specific meeting days and times (Example MW 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM)

Instruction Type
Hybrid

Location:
A CSM Campus location

Schedule:
Specific meeting days and times (Example MW 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM)

*The health and well-being of the CSM community is our highest priority. Strict and rigorous safety measures will be taken to protect students and employees. Accommodations will be made for students and employees for whom return to campus is not appropriate.

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