(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Computer Programming Technology and Drafting and Design instructors are gearing up for a different way to offer classes.
The two programs will be offered completely online this fall, and TSTC instructor Julie Rhoades welcomes the opportunity.
She is no stranger to teaching Computer Programming online. It was previously available online before being shifted to a hybrid status a few years ago.
“Everything is on schedule to offer the programs online,” she said. “The Computer Programming course will be project based. We will have video lessons and virtual classes for discussions.”
While it is not required that students attend each live video lesson, Rhoades said classes will be recorded for students to watch at a later time. In addition, she will schedule weekly assignments for students to complete.
Students will also have the opportunity to submit topic suggestions that may be discussed during video lessons.
Instructors will use the latest video technology to connect to students for questions and feedback, Rhoades said.
“We want to be able to see and hear each other. I will be able to share my screen with the students, and they will be able to share their screens with me,” she said.
Rhoades said she still wants to provide a personal touch.
“I want our students to realize we are here to personally help them,” she said.
The virtual experience may also be used during study groups.
“This is a different type of communication method. We want the students to feel comfortable talking to each other. This will make it more personable,” Rhoades said.
This fall, Rhoades will teach two Drafting and Design classes and one Computer Programming class. According to her, the Drafting and Design class is being developed without a textbook requirement.
While having the program fully online is not new, Rhoades said she has recently seen more interest from prospective students.
“One student told me they would not consider it if it was not online. They had some safety concerns, but once they learned it was fully online, they were on board,” she said. “We want to accommodate people who may not feel safe.”
The Computer Programming Technology online program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree. Drafting and Design offers three Associate of Applied Science degrees. They are Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics Technology, Architectural/Civil Drafting Technology, and Mechanical-Electrical Drafting Technology.
Registration for the fall semester is underway. For more information, go to tstc.edu.