The office of distance learning at the College, in collaboration with instructional division directors, has a responsibility to support credit course instruction offered at off-campus teaching centers in the 12-county service area of East Texas. [See AC (LOCAL)] The office serves as a contact for the arrangement of instruction, dealing with public school officials, selection of courses, assignment of instructors, registration, and assistance to support instructors and students in the teaching/learning process. The office also works closely with the vice president of community services in supervising off-campus coordinators and night supervisors, securing facilities, and addressing problems relating to the operation of teaching centers. The vice president of community services also schedules continuing education courses and programs in the same facilities used for credit instruction and ensures the payment of building use fees for all off-campus instruction held in high school or other facilities.
The distance learning office also supports instructors and students who utilize the Internet, TeleVideo, and Virtual College of Texas for registration, enrollment, and instruction. These means of instruction present numerous instructional opportunities for instructors and students and are all available through the College District.
VIRTUAL COLLEGE OF TEXAS
The VCT (Virtual College of Texas) is a collaboration of Texas’ 50 community college districts that functions as a service of the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Through VCT, students may take courses from colleges anywhere in Texas while receiving support services from a local college where they enroll.
TeleVideo is an arrangement whereby various public schools can access a college class simultaneously from multiple locations and the instructor and students can see and hear each other. Finally, the office of distance learning arranges for an extensive program of concurrent enrollment classes for high school students in school districts throughout the service area. Responsibilities of the office include the identification of schools where classes are held, enrollment of students determined eligible, recruiting instructors, and supporting the teaching/learning process.