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Ways of Learning

​We understand that everyone learns differently. Our courses are offered at numerous locations in traditional classroom settings, as well as online and in a variety of blended and hybrid formats. You get to select the learning method best suited for you and your lifestyle.

Online Courses

Never set foot in a classroom while entering the world of flexible learning. Learn More.

Open Lab

​Open lab courses at CVTC provide a location where students have access to the resources they need to complete their coursework at a flexible time. Learn More

Web Conferencing

​Web Conferencing courses are conducted with the use of Microsoft Lync, an online collaboration tool that instructors use to present course materials. Learn More. 

Hybrid Courses

Get a combination of face-to-face classroom instruction and online learning. Learn More.

Traditional - Face to Face

​Traditional - Face to face courses are delivered in person. They may be structured in several ways, such as accelerated or Interactive Television. Learn More.

In online courses you can participate from home, school, or your local library - anywhere with a computer and internet access. Never set foot in a classroom while entering the wonderful world of flexible learning. Online courses requires a high degree of self-motivation and time management skills are critical to success as there will be due dates for assigned work. Attendance is critical! Your class will NOT meet face to face, but, participating in the course and following the instructors timeline is just important. While you don't have a synchronous time that you must be online, you do have to participate regularly. The online portion can be accessed anywhere, anytime! You must check in and participate regularly.

Hybrid courses are a combination of face-to-face classroom instruction and online learning. The division of online and classroom instruction for each hybrid course will vary depending on the course content and the instructor preference, but typically one half of course is online and one half is in a classroom or lab. Active and independent learning is promoted. Hybrid courses work well for motivated learners who find challenging to attend frequent traditional classes. Participation is very unique in a Hybrid. Your instructor will blend participation opportunities via in class activities, as well as online learning opportunities. You will participate like any traditional class during the week, sometimes in class, and sometimes online.

A web conferencing course is conducted on multiple campuses with the use of Microsoft Lync, an online collaboration tool that instructors use to present course materials. Students watch and listen to the lecture using a computer, and in some cases, the instructor may use a Web camera. The students and teacher communicate by voice, text chat, and question and answer interaction. Students are required to purchase a headset with microphone (available at the CVTC bookstore). Requirements: A headset with microphone is required for web conferencing courses and is available for purchase from the CVTC Bookstore. Students should purchase this equipment prior to the first day of class.

View an Orientation to Web Conferencing.

​Open lab courses at CVTC provide a location where students have access to the resources they need to complete their coursework at a flexible time. There are currently two varieties of open lab courses:

  • Attendance Not Required - These courses allow you to complete your coursework at any time during the available lab hours. You may even be able to complete your coursework at home without coming to a campus.
  • Attendance Required - Courses are scheduled in labs that provide the necessary equipment for hands-on learning.

Traditional courses are in-person, face to face classes in a classroom. There are many variations of traditional courses at CVTC, see below for details:

  • Accelerated - Accelerated classes use special instructional techniques chosen for their ability to help students learn and retain large amounts of information. Students do much of their learning on their own, often on the job, so that required classroom time is shortened.
  • Interactive Television (ITV) - A modern telecommunications system that allows students to take classes from selected locations or right in their own community. An ITV class is just like a traditional class in structure except, the instructor and students may be in four different locations. All locations will see and hear each other at the same time and be able to interact continually throughout the class time.
  • RISE - RISE courses are a form of contextualized learning, which means the course content is taught in the context of how it would be used in "real life."  In addition, academic support in related areas (reading, writing, and/or math), along with technology and study skills related to student success are built right into the course.  Two CVTC instructors typically teach the course and provide content with academic support during each class session.  There is no additional charge to students for this class format.
  • Supplemental Instruction - SI is an academic support model that utilizes peer assisted study sessions. The program targets traditionally difficult academic courses and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class review sessions. The SI study sessions are informal seminars in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools and predict test items.