Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM) offers both online and hybrid courses. Our Master of Science in Nutrition degrees are 100% online.
Online learning, whether through an online course or hybrid course, are generally comprised of online elements that provide direction and feedback, and facilitate student interaction with course content, faculty and other students.
Online courses at SCNM are conducted online via the internet, with no in-person requirements. All communication and classwork are completed through the Canvas Learning Management Platform. Each online course includes direction and feedback, and facilitates student interaction with the content, the faculty and other students. Each course includes directed learning processes (articles, videos, images and web links), communication (messaging, discussion forums) and assessments (exam, essay, group project) used to measure virtual students’ learning outcomes. Students and faculty stay connected via email, bulletin boards, social media, direct/text messaging, video conferencing and phone calls.
Online courses generally require students to participate and provide feedback, offering the added opportunity to experience multiple perspectives and concepts within each course.
Hybrid courses, also known as blended courses, offer a mix of online activity and in-person requirements, which vary from course to course. Face-to-face time is scheduled along with online or out-of-class work; for SCNM’s hybrid courses, at least 50% of face-to-face class time is replaced with online or out-of-class work. Communication and classwork are enhanced with the Canvas Learning Management Platform and other online tools. Like fully online courses, the elements of hybrid courses also provide direction and feedback, and facilitate student interaction with course content, faculty and other students, as well as including directed learning processes.
Online education courses are a positive experience for most students. Online learning offers students greater scheduling flexibility and more independence. Many students find online learning to be a rewarding experience and the preferred learning method. The more knowledgeable you are about the online learning experience prior to enrolling, the better equipped you will be as an online learner. Take our online readiness assessment to find out if online learning is right for you.
We are committed to your success. We’ve provided a list of soft skills and suggestions helpful for achieving success with the online education process.
Don’t forget to check out the technology requirements section below for additional criteria elements of a positive online experience.
Take our online readiness assessment to find out if online learning is right for you.
The following skills are essential to your success for online course education.
Utilize SCNM’s Tech Check Tool
This tool verifies basic aspects of the web browsing environment configured on your computer to verify compatibility with SCNM systems.
Any potential incompatibilities will be displayed along with recommendations for resolution.