WSCC provides learners with several alternative ways to take college credit courses. Online and hybrid courses require minimal on-campus visits, so students with job and/or family responsibilities are able to continue their education.
In fact, more than 400 students each semester take online courses, with over 25 courses to choose from. Online and hybrid courses follow the same semester schedule as on-campus courses, have weekly assignment deadlines, require weekly participation in discussion forums, and are as rigorous as on-campus courses.
WSCC offers courses and programs online. Courses range from completely online or online with proctored testing to a blend of online and on-campus (hybrid) delivery. These courses are accessed using using our learning management system called Canvas .
For the most up-to-date list of online or hybrid courses, please use the Course Search tool on my.westshore.edu
- Select your semester
- Under Method, select Online or the method desired
- Click the search button at the bottom of the screen
Online courses are delivered over the Internet using a learning management system. The College uses a learning management system called Canvas. Instruction occurs entirely online, although some courses require proctored on-campus testing in the Learning & Testing Center, second floor Schoenherr Campus Center. Most online courses require that you attend an on-campus orientation session.
Hybrid courses are online courses that include scheduled classroom instruction on campus. For example: the hybrid Anatomy & Physiology course requires an on campus lab every other Friday.
Michigan Colleges Online
The Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) provides students with expanded access to online courses and programs of study through all Michigan community colleges.
If you can't find the course or program you're looking for at WSCC and you think you can be successful with online learning, check out the MCO website. This collaborative is designed to allow current Michigan community college students to take courses from other member colleges while still receiving support services at the designated "home" college and maintaining their academic record at the college from which they are seeking a degree or certificate (the "degree-granting" college).
Here's how MCO works:
- Colleges that will be offering and conducting the courses are considered Provider colleges.
- Colleges that will be supporting students taking courses via the MCO with library services, advising, testing, tutoring, etc. are considered Home colleges.
- The college from which a student is pursuing a program of study (associates degree or certificate of completion) is considered the Degree-granting college. Each student must seek Financial Aid and Academic Advising from their Degree-granting college.
- As a student enrolling via the MCO, you will need to identify a home college when requesting registration into a course.
- Transfer equivalencies can be determined by accessing the Michigan Transfer Network.
- You will receive course information from the Provider college and complete the course through that college.
- You will pay tuition to the Provider college.
- After the completion of the course, the Provider college will notify the degree-granting college so the course can be included on your transcript.
- Complete degrees and certificates can be earned online. Check out the listing here.
Tips for Success
Once you've decided to try online learning, consider these tips for getting the most out of your online learning experience. Remember, online courses are NOT easier than on-campus courses, so be prepared to spend at least 9-12 hours per week working on your online course.