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Distance Education in Social Sciences

Hybrid | Online Course Information

Welcome to the Social Sciences Hybrid/Online Course Information page. The Social Sciences Division abides by Federal and State regulations for Distance (Online) Education. For further information on regulations, click on this link.

Online courses in the Social Sciences Division are typically scheduled as 8-week Hybrid courses. Departments offering these 8-week online courses are Anthropology, Child Development, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

What is a Hybrid Course?

These courses blend online learning with on-campus face-to-face meetings. There are typically FOUR face-to-face on-campus meetings, including the orientation and final exam. The remaining time scheduled for interaction will be conducted online. Coursework in these classes is carefully designed to increase student engagement and interaction. Students in any distance education course are required to 'attend' class and participate just as they would in traditional, face-to-face courses. This means that instructors set up guidelines for the amount of time allotted for each lecture, reading assignment, discussion, assessment, or project.

When does my class meet?

Classes are scheduled as 8-week classes. Please review your schedule of classes (in MyGCC) to see the start and stop dates. The location, dates, and times of your on-campus face-to-face meetings are listed below. Please note that instructors have the right to drop students who do not attend the first class meeting.

How long are the on-campus face-to-face meetings?

Each on-campus meetings is scheduled for 4 hours.

How many online hours are required each week?

4 hours of online contact are required each week. These hours are designed to produce regular, effective contact. Included in these four hours are:

  • 1-2 hours will be scheduled in a synchronous (real time) format. The instructor will use Skype, Canvas or other real time communication software package to deliver the lesson. Instructors may offer multiple options each week for students to select. Days and times for scheduled synchronous activities will be detailed in the Welcome Letter, which is sent to students two days before class begins. Orientation to the technology will be provided.
  • 2-3 hours will be scheduled in asynchronous (not in real-time) format. This allows the student to work on lessons and assignments anytime during the week. This will enable the student to interact with the professor, the course content, and other classmates throughout the week. Instructors will strive to develop an online learning community through the use of discussion forums via Canvas and collaborative small group work activities.


Students enrolled in CHLDV 135 ONLY, please note the following:

CHLDV 135 is scheduled as an online course. The majority of class instruction, assignments, and communications are done online. Online Instruction may be delivered synchronously (in real-time) and/or asynchronously (not in real-time). These courses also require a mandatory on-campus orientation. They may also require on-campus testing. Instructors have the right to drop students who do not attend the first day of instruction. GCC or current government issued ID must be presented by the enrolled student during the orientation meeting. Students in any distance education course(s) are required to 'attend' class and participate just as if they were in a face-to-face course. This means that instructors set up guidelines for how much each lecture, reading assignment, discussion or project qualifies as a meeting during the course of a week/learning unit/course module.