Explore online classes at Jackson College!
You know that a college education can help you get ahead, but commuting to campus for class just doesn’t fit with your hectic lifestyle! Now with online classes available at Jackson College, you CAN go to college when it is convenient for you!
Jackson College’s online classes teach the same concepts as the traditional classroom courses, but eliminate time and place restrictions. Study when it fits with your lifestyle, whether that’s 5 a.m. before heading out for work, or 9 p.m. after the kids are in bed.
Online courses offered provide educational opportunities by way of one’s home computer and the Internet. Students may study any place they have a computer with Internet access. Courses will transfer to two- and four-year colleges, which can help make completing college a reality.
Degrees and certificates that are completely online include:
- Allied Health General Studies – Associate in Applied Science
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in General Studies
- Accounting – Associate in Applied Science
- Business Administration – Associate in Applied Science
- Business Administration – Certificate
- Medical Insurance Coder/Biller – Certificate
Jackson College is one of only two institutions in the nation to have its online medical sonography programs fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Students can complete a majority of their coursework for the following programs online (all requirements may be taken online except for one science requirement, and practical completed at health care provider):
- General Sonography – Associate in Applied Science
- Vascular Sonography – Associate in Applied Science
- Cardiac Sonography – Associate in Applied Science
Several more programs are at least partially online. For more information, visit the JC web site at www.jccmi.edu.
View the online course schedule in JetStream to search a comprehensive list of online courses by term and up-to-date registration availability.
- Visit www.jccmi.edu/schedule to access the online schedule in JetStream.
- Click on the Advanced Search.
- Select Internet Based Learning in the location drop down box to search for online only courses.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
Jackson College is a member of National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) initiative. It is one of 55 colleges and universities in Michigan to join the organization.
NC-SARA oversees distance education. It is a voluntary agreement among its member states (every state, with the exception of California) and U.S. territories (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs.
All NC-SARA educational institutions commit to making sure that courses and programs offered through this initiative provide high-quality learning opportunities that can help students reach their educational goals.
Is online learning right for me?
When considering distance learning programs, ask yourself a few questions.
What you need to know about online learning
Online learning offers students convenience and flexibility.
Online education has existed for some time, but for those who haven’t taken an online class, it can still be a brave new world.
“I used to say that there are some classes that are fine for online learning, but others were not,” said Jonathan Ponagai, database & Internet systems coordinator and a former online student. “However, my situation made it so that I would either have to pursue my major online or change majors, and I decided to try and make it work. And I’m glad I did, because I’ve found that the worries I had are addressed by online instruction – I’m not the first person to think of many of the barriers one might encounter online!”
What is online learning?
Online learning is instruction that takes place over the Internet. Students “go to class” by logging into instructional software, JetNet, through the Jackson College website and completing their work. The formats of an online class include reading, writing, video conferences, watching videos, discussions, tests and assignments. In addition to JetNet, instruction may also take place on textbook publisher websites.
How is online learning different than face-to-face classes?
“I sometimes compare this to the differences between a live concert and a CD or digital download of a song. The songs are the same, but the experience is different,” said Dr. Brian Newberry, director of Jackson College Virtual. “In a concert, or a face-to-face class, there is more energy. You can see the instructor’s movement, you can interpret body language and you have all of the other students around you, sharing the experience. A CD or download, and an online class on the other hand is more subdued. You won’t see the instructor or other students at all in some cases. In others you will only see them as part of a video class and the pictures will be small.
“But just like a CD or download, you can take an online class when you can’t take a face-to-face class. Like a CD or downloaded song, you have more choice about when you engage.”
Online learning will require more writing than a face-to-face class. In an online discussion you will have to respond to the questions with a written answer. Strong reading and writing skills can help you.
How do I prepare for an online class?
Most importantly, students need self-discipline. Set a schedule and follow it each day. Write the due dates for every assignment, quiz and task in your schedule and then work backwards and schedule your own personal due dates for mini-deadlines that will help you make continued progress. If you can, set up a place to do your studies that is away from distractions and helps you be organized.
How much time should I expect to spend on a three-credit class?
How much time you spend working on a class each week depends on five things:
- What grade you want.
- What class it is.
- The length of the semester (5 weeks, 7 weeks, 15 weeks)
- How fast you read and write.
- How well you avoid getting distracted.
In a face-to-face class, you would spend three hours a week in the classroom, as well as time outside of class reading text, doing homework, writing papers and studying for tests. The general guideline for all undergraduate classes in a 15- or 16-week semester is that you will need about three hours per week of study time for every credit hour. These are guidelines; some classes take less; some classes take much more.