“Elements of an Effective eCampus: an International Perspective”

and “New Technology to Enrich Communication and Interactivity”

Located in the most densely populated county in Florida, St. Petersburg College (SPC) would seem perfectly situated to support every potential student with face-to-face instruction at one of the ten educational sites located in a reasonable geographic distance of all the residents. An increasing number of students, however, are choosing “distance learning” taking some or all of their classes online and infrequently or never visiting a physical campus.

During the morning session, the discussion will focus on the drivers behind SPC’s decision to develop a full-service electronic campus (eCampus or eC), how it has been organized to deliver nearly 600 sections of over 300 courses each semester, enrolling 17,000 students annually (unduplicated headcount), and the elements that need to be in place to sustain a successful program. While eCampus was launched to provide greater access for students in our immediate service area, the content, procedures, and systems in place can just as easily be accessed by students anywhere. The true internationalization of higher education is well underway, and SPC’s eCampus provides the opportunities for international partnerships.

Increasingly the lines have blurred between online, blended and face-to-face classes. (You don’t have to be in the same country to be face-to-face anymore!) In the evening session, there will be a shift to exploring applications which are taking the College to the next level of communication and interactivity, including a live demo of SPOC (the St. Petersburg Online Communicator) where we’ll talk with SPC faculty, staff and students.

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