Are Online Courses for You?

Why SCF Online?

Online Learning courses are a great choice for students who have limited ability to take advantage of SCF's traditional on-campus courses at Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice.   Online courses allow you to take credit courses from home via online learning, whether at work or at home.  You choose the most convenient time and place to learn.

While online courses are flexible, all SCF support services are available to online students, including microcomputer labs, tutorial centers and the SCF Library. Courses offered through the online learning program are comparable in quality to traditional courses offered in SCF classrooms, follow the same learning objectives, and require at least as much time to complete as traditional courses.  Online courses may also require some on-campus work, orientation, review sessions and exams, with details specific to each course listed in the notes on the course schedule. Taken together, SCF online learning classes allows for independent, self-paced learning.

Types of Online Learning:

SCF offers many levels of online courses. These definitions may help you decide which type of class is right for you:

Online courses

Classes that are delivered 100 percent online. An instructor may meet the students face-to-face for an initial session; testing may be at a proctored site. The material covered is equivalent to normal full-time class delivery for the same number of credits. Specific details of each online course and any other requirements are listed in the course notes on the course schedule lookup page.  Any requirement for any course meeting on campus or at a particular location for test proctoring is also listed in the course notes.

Blended courses

Classes that combine the use of a classroom and the use of online coursework. Blended courses typically make up approximately 50% of the class. Details of each blended course and any specific requirements for that course are listed in the course notes on the course schedule lookup page.   Some classes may be accessible in a combination of fully online and accessible by Microsoft Teams web-conferencing through your free SCF Microsoft Office subscription license.

What are the Advantages?

Online learning may work for you if you have work or family obligations preventing you from attending classes during traditionally scheduled hours. SCF's online courses earn the same credits as classroom courses. While online courses require at least as much of your time and attention, and are certainly not easier than traditional courses, an online course may be more convenient for your busy work and personal schedule. The only difference is the delivery of instruction and the degree of self-discipline needed to complete the course, both of which require you to take charge of your learning experience.

 If you're signing up for an online or blended course, keep these pointers in mind:

  • Treat online courses with the same amount of dedication and effort that you would devote to a course on campus.
  • Pay close attention to due dates and allow yourself sufficient time to complete your assignments.
  • Create a personal schedule for your participation in your online course- and follow it.  Just like going to a regular class, setting up a regular schedule for working on your online class can keep you on time and on-track.
  • In online courses, participate in course discussions via discussion forums and e-mail.  Your class work will require you to use one or more of these communication tools, and they also help you feel like a member of the class.

Never taken an online course before?

Take a look at what a SCF Online course looks like. As long as you have access to a computer with an internet connection, you can work towards your goals. But what does online learning look like?

We're glad you asked!

Every course will include a variety of activities to help you completely understand and integrate the material. Most classes include online discussions, critical thinking assignments, exercises, and portfolio projects that you can use to be more effective in your current job based on what you have learned.

See it happen.

 Still not sure? 


Discover Canvas:

Canvas is the LMS that makes teaching and learning (and implementation and adoption and customer support and student success and bragging to your non-Canvas-using peers) easier.  Canvas provides a user experience that is easy, simple, and intuitive.   Check out this collection of Videos from Canvas’ parent company, Instructure, to see how Canvas works.

Classroom Environment:

Prospective students often ask if online classes are harder than traditional classes. You can’t say one or the other, it just depends on your learning style and what works best with your preferences. If you’re a self-starter who enjoys learning at your own pace on your schedule, then online learning will be perfect for you.

Connect with students in your course on message boards or through personal email messages. You can assignments.

Canvas Student Tour:


SCF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.
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