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Back to Carolina is a manageable degree completion program with online courses for qualified students who previously attended USC.

For more information and details of the program, visit the Palmetto College website.

Mission Through an enhanced Distance Learning Program, USC can expand access to higher education in the state and region, alleviate classroom capacity constraints, help students meet graduation requirements in a timely fashion, provide opportunities for degree completion to those who have attended college but not yet graduated, and serve as a catalyst for innovative teaching in the digital age.


2013-14 Course Development Grant Program

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Distributed Learning Course Development Grant Program. Complete program information is available below.

What is Distributed Learning? Distributed Learning uses technology to facilitate learning, whether on or off campus, in real time or at student discretion.  It provides students with greater flexibility by minimizing time, distance and classroom space as constraints on learning.  Wherever students are and whenever they learn, they can be reached by Distributed Learning courses.  

Distance Education is a subset of Distributed Learning.  Distance Education focuses on reaching students who are separated by distance from the instructor.  USC has adopted Distributed Learning as its nomenclature because it is more inclusive and more descriptive of how USC is now doing technology-assisted learning.

Distributed Learning is much more than broadcast of lectures or an on-line or recorded substitute for live lectures.  At its best, Distributed Learning expands and enhances the opportunities for various types of interaction between students and faculty and enriched use of a variety of course content materials and evaluation exercises.  Distributed Learning can be available 24/7.  It can be “anywhere, anytime” learning. 

On-line courses are courses which are delivered, as the name implies, fully on-line.  Blended courses are mixed-delivery mode courses with both meet in a traditional classroom and have a substantial on-line component. Typically, a blended course would meet in a classroom for one 50 or 75 session and complete the required contact minutes via on-line content.



Questions? For more information, contact:

Lacy Ford, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Phone: 803-777-2808
Email: ford@mailbox.sc.edu
Web: http://www.sc.edu/provost/fordbio.shtml

Last Updated: September 27, 2011.



Dr. Lacy Ford

Distributed Learning is becoming a major part of the mission of all first-tier, comprehensive state universities. Using the latest technology and cutting-edge pedagogical methods, as well as the University's talented faculty, Distributed Learning courses overcome barriers to educational opportunity presented by distance, classroom space limitations, and time constraints. It enhances access to a first-rate University education for traditional and non-traditional students alike. Under President Harris Pastides and Provost Michael Amiridis, USC has recommitted itself to that pursuit thorough an enhanced Distance Learning program.
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