360° Learning Option
The 360 Degree Learning Option model is a technological innovation developed as a new instructional delivery technique which will enable students to learn anytime, anywhere, on any device, for any course ("360 Degree Learning"). The current trend in computer systems and network technologies is to allow users to "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD), allowing students to leverage the current and available technology in a college learning environment. Additionally, this will bring flexibility to the learning experience to any student at any time.
Through the 360 Degree Learning Model, the instructor will be able to deliver two-way, interactive instruction to matriculated, non-matriculated and non-credit seeking students either in the classroom or online, through their personal computers, laptops, iPads, iPods, and other smart communication devices. This instructional delivery model will provide an affordable opportunity for students, particularly working adults and underrepresented students to earn an associate degree, a certificate, course credit or employee training at GCC.
Courses delivered with the 360 Degree Learning Option model are always offered in-person in a campus classroom or laboratory. With the addition of a microphone and camera, coupled with online real-time videoconferencing provided by WebEx®, students can also attend via any electronic platform supported by WebEx®.
WebEx® technology allows us to teach, collaborate, present, and share content over the Internet. Instruction is delivered face-to-face with HD video conferencing. The instructor can share his/her entire desktop, specific documents or applications, with everyone attending class in-person and in the e-classroom environment. Online participants can also give "remote control" to the instructor or other students for demonstration or support purposes. Remote students can raise their hands and participate in discussions and answer questions just as if they were physically sitting in the classroom.
All interaction is recorded for later playback by students who could not attend during the normal class time or students who want to review the material that was covered in order to reinforce their retention. Additionally, all course material will be recorded and stored in the cloud. Students who attended the class in person can review the lecture and study it further. Students unable able to attend during the regular scheduled class time can watch the lecture when their schedule allows it. If a student still has a question or needs clarification, they can submit a video and audio question to the instructor. The instructor can also respond with a video and audio message. This is an extremely important aspect of content delivery for online lab scenarios such as our computer repair class.
Tomorrow’s Technology Here Today
All the faculty in the Information Technology Programs at Genesee Community College are committed to providing the highest level of instruction to all GCC students no matter where they are physically located. As technology changes, GCC will be the first to adopt new technology in order to continuously provide the highest level of instruction to all students.
All of the Information Technology classes (CIS and CSN) are offered at least once per year in the 360° Learning Option format. For more information please ask your instructor.