Cerro Coso launches courses in three formats

Cerro Coso launches courses in three formatsCerro Coso Community College noted that fall will not look like “business as usual” when the fall term begins Aug. 24.

“While our top priority remains providing a safe environment for our students and employees, our goal is to continue to give students the best learning experiences we can, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Corey Marvin, acting president and vice president of instruction.

Students can choose among classes offered in online and Zoom formats, as well as from a handful offered on campus.

Online courses do not meet at specific days or times, but are taught through Canvas, CCCC’s learning management system. Coursework is posted to a portal that allows access to lectures, exercises, assignments and assessments. Some instructors may still use Zoom as a way to conduct virtual meetings.

Scheduled Zoom courses deliver virtual instruction at specific times and days listed in the college schedule. The platform allows for students to interact directly with the instructor to hear lectures, ask questions, engage in discussions, practice skills, and carry on many of the same classroom activities used in traditional in-person classes.

On-campus courses allow in-person, hands-on training in courses such as nursing, welding and intercollegiate athletics.

“Limiting the number of classes taught in person can ensure that our students have the space necessary to practice physical distancing while they are on campus,” Marvin said. “We know that students may not feel comfortable returning to campus, however, and that is why we are offering even more options for students to make progress toward their educational goals with us this fall.”

He said that priorities this fall include creating a healthy and safe learning environment and continuing to offer the classes students need to make progress on their majors. “We have largely succeeded in not cancelling any classes for the fall semester—including some hard to convert biology and science classes—to fulfill our vision of transforming lives and building strong communities. Our faculty have been very resourceful and innovative.”

Although the college remains largely closed to the public, the full range of student support and engagement services will be available virtually during the fall term, including counseling, advising, and financial aid.

A very small amount of in-person support services are planned to be offered on campus, including tutoring.

“Whether courses meet online or in person, we are committed to providing an educational experience that is engaging, focused, connected, and that offers timely and meaningful feedback,” said Marvin.

For information visit www.cerrocoso.edu or call 760-384-6100.

Story First Published: 2020-08-14