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Distance Learning

"Go the Distance" with distance learning courses at COS. Our online mission at COS is to develop and deliver universally accessible, academically rigorous, and technologically engaging instruction that supports your academic and career goals.

Distance Learning Core Values

Quality: COS provides high quality instruction and student support services to learners enrolled in distance learning classes.

Community: COS connects faculty, staff, and students through virtual social and cultural events and digital media platforms.

Innovation: COS maintains an atmosphere of professional growth and encouragement for faculty as they explore innovative teaching approaches and create quality learning experiences that inspire engagement in distance learning classes.

Distance Learning Modalities

College of the Siskiyous offers distance learning courses, certificates, and programs year-round in a variety of modalities. All Distance Learning courses use the Canvas LMS for their course shells and require an internet-connected computer or mobile device. Learn more about each modality below.

Online Anytime (asynchronous, with deadlines):

Class takes place Online Anytime (with deadlines), but without scheduled live videoconferences. These courses have weekly assignments and learning activities that require you to participate regularly. Some Online Anytime courses may use an online proctoring service for exams or assessments which may require the use of a webcam.

Online Live (synchronous):

Class takes place online live during scheduled times via Siskiyous Zoom or other synchronous technologies. These live courses have weekly assignments and learning activities that require regular attendance and participation. Course work and other activities may also take place Online Anytime, with deadlines. Some Online Live courses may use an online proctoring service for exams or assessments which may require the use of a webcam.

Hybrid Anytime (asynchronous, with deadlines):

Hybrid courses always have an on-campus presence. Class takes place partially on campus at scheduled times and partially Online Anytime (with deadlines). These courses have weekly assignments and learning activities that require you to participate regularly. Some Hybrid Anytime courses may use an online proctoring service for exams or assessments which may require the use of a webcam.

Hybrid Live (synchronous):

Hybrid courses always have an on-campus presence. Class takes place partially on campus and partially Online Live at scheduled times. These courses have weekly assignments and learning activities that require you to participate regularly. Course work and other activities may also take place Online Anytime, with deadlines. Some Hybrid Live courses may use an online proctoring service for exams or assessments which may require the use of a webcam.

Videoconferenced courses take place at scheduled times on campus and at one, or several, regional classroom locations in Siskiyou County. The classroom sites are connected via Siskiyous Zoom. These courses have weekly assignments and learning activities that require you to participate regularly. Course work and other activities may also take place Online Anytime, with deadlines. Some Videoconferenced courses may use an online proctoring service for exams or assessments which may require the use of a webcam.

For more information, visit our Videoconferencing page.

Considering online classes?

This Online Readiness Resource can help you decide if online courses are right for you.

Distance Learning Course Schedule

Follow Your Own Path

With Distance Learning Pathways at COS, you can build a schedule that works with your busy life and access the online student support and resources you need to stay on your path. Students can pursue selected online Associate, Associate Degrees for Transfer, and Certificates of Achievement. Discover your online pathway with assistance from our Counseling and Student Support Programs area or explore the programs in these interest areas:

People, Culture, and Society
Program Degree or Certificate Type *
Humanities AA
History AA-T
Liberal Arts and Sciences with Areas of Emphasis in:  
  • AA
  • AA
  • AA
Philosophy AA
Political Science AA-T
Psychology AA, AA-T
Sociology AA-T
Social Science AA
Language and Communication
Program Degree or Certificate Type *
Communication Studies AA, AA-T
English AA, AA-T
Education
Program Degree or Certificate Type *
Early Childhood Education AA, AS-T
Science and Technology
Program Degree or Certificate Type *
Computer Science AS
Environmental Science AS
Liberal Arts and Sciences with Areas of Emphasis in: Natural Science AS
Public Safety, Health, and Wellness
Program Degree or Certificate Type *
Administration of Justice COA, AA, AS-T
Alcohol and Drug / Human Services COA, AA
Business
Program Degree or Certificate Type *
Business Administraton AA, AS-T

*Degrees: Certificate of Achievement (COA), Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T), Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T)

Finish Your Degree Faster

Visit the California Virtual Campus Course Finder and have access to thousands of online, transfer-level courses at 72 of California's 115 community colleges. It's easy to find and register for online classes you might need to finish your degree.

Don't worry! If you started your educational goal with us, we are your Home College, even if you take a course from another California Community College. Start searching now, or learn more about the CVC Course Finder and degree completion from your College of the Siskiyous Counselor or Advisor.




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Distance Learning Information and Resources

For Students

COS is your “hometown online.” Online, hybrid, and videoconferenced courses provide more flexibility and options for all students. We support your online success with full-service online tutoring, writing support, technical support, and library services, as well as a wide range Student Support programs and access services to assist all students.

Learn more about online student resources here.



For Faculty

Faculty are supported by the Distance Learning area staff and have access to resources, instructional design support, and professional development courses that support Distance Learning core values and student success.

Learn more about online faculty resources here.



Contact Distance Learning

Email: distlearn@siskiyous.edu
Phone: (530) 938-5520