eLearning provides students with learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom setting. Depending on program requirements, students may be able to complete many of the required courses and even entire degree programs online.
Seminole State eLearning offers two types of courses:
- Online courses: Course delivery is conducted via the internet without a regularly scheduled physical classroom requirement. The courses rely on interactive tools within the College's online learning management system Canvas. These tools include (but are not limited to) discussion forums, quizzes, assignments and streaming video. Although these courses are online, some instructors may require proctored assessments of synchronous online activities. These requirements will be noted in the online course syllabus and in the class notes listed in the schedule of classes.
NOTE: Although these courses are online, some instructors may require proctored assessments of synchronous online activities. These requirements will be noted in the online course syllabus and in the class notes listed in the schedule of classes.
- Hybrid courses: Hybrid courses combine the convenience of online study with limited physical on-campus requirements. The courses, which are identified as "reduced campus time" in the class schedule, share many of the same requirements as online courses. However, students meet on campus a percentage of time and online a percentage of time.
Good time-management skills, motivation and self-discipline are essential for success in any distance learning environment. Seminole State recommends that students speak with an academic advisor before registering for an online course. eServices - Seminole State's team of student success specialists are available to provide online advising services to help you plan, begin and successfully complete your educational goals.
For more information visit the eLearning website.
Seminole State College seeks to deliver many of our online programs in a student's home state. The State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a voluntary agreement that allows states and institutions to offer distance education in other participating states so long as the institution adheres to certain quality and consumer protection standards.
As a SARA approved institution, we work to ensure that when authorization is necessary, required approvals are obtained. While we do monitor laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check the eLearning website for updates. Seminole State College is currently authorized, licensed, registered, exempt or not subject to approval in all states, except for Massachusetts.
It is the student's responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence. Though SARA authorizes Seminole State to offer its online programs in member states, there is the possibility that other state requirements not covered by SARA (e.g. state licensing boards) could necessitate restriction of access to certain programs in certain states.
Please note that should you choose to enroll in a program in a particular state, there may be restrictions that could affect you. Examples may include:
- You may be unable to sit for local licensing in that state.
- You may be ineligible for consumer protection in that state.
- You may not be able to complete field placements (practicum, internship, clerkship, etc.) in that state.
Any of the above listed items could affect licensure or recognition of the degree to meet requirements in that state. Therefore, if you decide to enroll in any of Seminole State's programs, or if you move to a state where your program is restricted prior to completion of your studies, please be aware that you are taking a risk that you may not be able to complete or use any of the credit earned in that program should you decide to pursue licensing in that field in that state.
Note: The points listed above are not exhaustive. Please verify with your state's professional licensing board that your plans for study are not impacted.
Out-of-State Student Online Course Complaint Processes
Seminole State College strives to provide students with a robust educational experience. Students wishing to file a complaint about an online course or program should file a complaint following the applicable complaint processes linked here.
Out-of-state distance education students participating under SARA who have completed the internal institutional grievance process and the applicable state grievance process may appeal non-instructional complaints to the FL-SARA PRDEC Council. For additional information on the complaint process, please visit the FL-SARA Complaint Process page.
Disclosure - Programs Leading to State Licensure:
Seminole State is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). As a NC-SARA institution, Seminole State is authorized to provide distance education (including online education) to students in any other SARA state. So, NC-SARA membership allows Seminole State to offer you online and distance education programs even though you reside outside of the State of Florida.
Seminole State's programs, for example Nursing, are designed to meet the licensure requirements for the State of Florida. Your state may or may not have similar licensure requirements, and our programs may or may not meet the licensure requirements of your home state. For more information on licensure in your state, please contact the applicable licensure office to make sure your enrollment in Seminole State's program will fulfill the requirements for licensure.