Getting Started

What is Distance Education?

Distance education at Rhodes State College supports the college mission to provide a flexible and accessible alternative for students who are unable to come to campus on a daily basis.  Access to educational course work is available through many online and blended courses.  Online and blended courses provide avenues to any student who wants an education.  Distance education courses – both online and blended – provide a means to students who need to fit education into their busy lives and who have the motivation to learn on their own.

Are you ready for distance education?

Find out by completing the SmarterMeasure assessment.

SmarterMeasure was designed to help potential distance education students assess their strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:

  1. Life Factors
  2. Individual attributes
  3. Learning Styles
  4. Technical Competency, Skills, and Knowledge
  5. On-Screen Reading Rate and Recall
  6. Typing speed and Accuracy

Visit http://rhodes.smartermeasure.com and login with the following information:
Username: distance.student
Password: atadistance

After you login, you will receive an email from SmarterMeasure with a PIN. This PIN will allow you to log in again to finish your assessment and/or review your results. The assessment will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and your score will not prevent you from registering for online classes.

Is there an additional fee for distance education courses?

A fee of $10.50 per credit hour is charged for each distance education course taken.

Is Distance Education right for you?

As a student taking an alternate format class, you are not restricted to set classroom hours, you can learn in the comfort of your home, and you can review material that is unclear any number of times. However, you will be required to work on a far more independent basis while taking a course in one of these alternate formats.

  1. You are committed to completing your course.
  2. You have good reading and comprehension skills.
  3. You are able to avoid and overcome distractions.
  4. You are able to devote the necessary time to your studies.
  5. You have access to a quiet place to study.
  6. You have confidence in yourself as an independent learner.
  7. You are self motivated.
  8. You have self discipline and are able to set and maintain a schedule.
  9. You can meet deadlines.
  10. You possess good organizational skills.
  11. You practice good study skills.
  12. You do not need daily contact with you instructor but will contact the instructor when questions arise about the course.
  13. You realize that there are times you may be required to come to campus.
  14. You have reliable child care to support campus visits.

If you feel you do not possess the above skills, please consult with your advisor or your instructor. You may want to consider taking your course in a traditional class format, and your advisor or instructor will help you make that decision. Again we are pleased that you are taking a distance education course. Please telephone, stop by, or email your instructor prior to getting started on your course, or drop by the Center in Keese Hall, Room 234 if you have any questions as you begin this term.

Becoming a Successful Distance Learner

This online orientation provides you with the keys to successful distance learning. It consists of three modules: 1) Is Distance Learning Right for You?, 2) How to be a Successful Distance Learner, and 3) Rhodes State College Support Services. Whether you are currently taking a distance learning course or are thinking of online learning, you will benefit from this succinct orientation.

Out of State

Rhodes State College is currently authorized to deliver online programming in the following states:

  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • South Carolina