Traditional/Face-to-Face‚Äč

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

  • Accelerated - These 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.
  • Telepresence (TLP)/Interactive Television (ITV) - A technology that allows students to take classes from selected locations or right in their own community. A TLP/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 - These 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) - 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.

  Online

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.

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.

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  MyChoice

These courses allow you to complete your coursework in person or online depending on your needs which can vary from week to week. Specific time for face-to-face delivery will be scheduled and always available, but it's your choice to attend.

The unique feature of MyChoice is that you are not required to attend the available scheduled times because you have the option to complete your coursework online, from a location of your choice.

Please Note: Some on-site experiences are required for program completions (i.e. clinical rotations, internships, practicums, etc.). Please see individual program pages for specific requirements.

 

Hybrid

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 the course is online and one half is in a classroom or lab. Hybrid courses work well for motivated learners who find it challenging to attend frequent traditional classes. Participation is very unique in a Hybrid. Your instructor will blend participation opportunities in the classroom, as well as online learning opportunities. You will participate like any traditional class during the week, sometimes in class, and sometimes online.

Web Conferencing

A web conferencing course is conducted on multiple campuses with the use of Microsoft Skype for Business, 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).

Blended

Blended courses have less than 50% of the course delivered online, while the rest of the course is in a face-to-face format. Your instructor will offer multiple participation opportunities via in class activities, as well as online learning opportunities.

 

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. 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.