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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The purpose of TSTC Harlingen’s Online Learning Office is to promote quality online learning experiences by providing support to the college’s online learning students and faculty. This mission is consistent with the college’s Instructional Master Plan goal of providing quality learning experiences through the support of online learning activities and with the Strategic Plan Goal of providing quality learning experiences. Support, primarily provided through group and individualized training, technological assistance, and useful resources, allows for the delivery of effective online learning course using web-based technologies.

The Online Learning Office works closely with the Online Learning Advisory Committee, Online Learning Faculty, Curriculum Office, and Student Development Departments to ensure that courses and services provided to online students are comparable to those provided to face-to-face students.

Assessment of the Online Learning Office and online learning courses is conducted through end-of-course surveys, student satisfaction surveys, and training satisfaction surveys.

To work toward the mission, the Online Learning Office:

  • Prepares students for online learning courses through development and administration of the Student Online Learning Orientation
  • Prepares faculty for the development and delivery of online courses through the Online Course Development/Delivery Orientation
  • Facilitates the development of online learning courses and programs in response to the college’s needs
  • Provides ongoing faculty development opportunities on the college’s learning management system and best practices associated with online course design and delivery
  • Encourages and assists faculty in the use of web-based technologies and in the development of courses and course materials
  • Provides faculty and students technological assistance in a timely manner
  • Develops and provides useful resources to online learning faculty and students to promote success
  • Develops and enforces policies, processes, and standards to ensure the quality of TSTC Harlingen online learning courses
  • Provides instructional design assistance for online and hybrid course development

The Online Learning Office also acts as a liaison with the Virtual College of Texas (VCT).

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