Class Formats

Vol State classes are offered in a variety of formats to help us handle whatever comes up next in the COVID-19 health crisis. We still have some on-campus classes, but we are practicing social distancing and utilizing the power of online learning to keep the number of students on our campuses at a safe level.

Please access your Schedule Planner via My Vol State to register for classes or to view the details for your classes.

VSCC Course Delivery Methods

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Once logged in, scroll down to view the campus options. Select your preferred campus option and click “save and continue.”

Navigate to your current class schedule and note the “Instructional Method.”

Classes are offered in the following formats:

  • Online – Fully online classes within eLearn, as we have usually done them. These are labeled Online: Asynchronous, meaning you can log in and receive instruction and do your work at any time. Asynchronous means there are no assigned class times, but there will be assignment due dates each week. Scheduled proctored exams may be required for some online courses which should be detailed in the online course description.  Online courses may require virtual proctored exams during specified dates.
  • Virtual – Classes will use a videoconferencing service (for example, Zoom) to meet at an assigned time to deliver live instruction. eLearn will be used to submit assignments or access additional materials. These are labeled Virtual Class: Synchronous, which just means that they have assigned days and times for the online class meetings. You will be expected to log-in and participate in virtual classes at the schedule times.  Our videoconferencing services are free. Software may be downloaded directly from
  • On-Site Face-to-Face – Traditional classes occurring at one of our campuses. During the pandemic, this is primarily for classes that have a significant “hands on” component, such as some science labs, and Health Sciences, Art, and Music instruction, to name a few.
  • Hybrid – Some combination of the above three instructional methods. Use the Class Schedule link in the Vol State “Students” portion of the Vol State website to view scheduling details that may not be available in Schedule Planner.
  • TN eCampus – Just like Vol State online classes, these are asynchronous classes without a specific meeting date or time. The difference is that you’ll log in to participate at the TN eCampus D2L site and be participating with students from multiple colleges. There is also an additional fee for TN eCampus courses.

If you are new to online learning, that is not a problem. We will walk you through it. Vol State is ranked number seven in the nation, and number one in Tennessee, for online learning at community colleges, according to the review group College Consensus. We use an online system called eLearn. It’s a web page that will have your classes and assignments. Please take a few minutes to visit this explanatory web page and get acquainted with eLearn.

In addition, we have computers and other IT related resources that may be provided if you need assistance. Visit IT related resources.

No matter what happens with COVID-19, we are ready to support you in your classes and help you do well in those classes. We’ll be in touch with new information periodically, so please keep checking your student email regularly and visit the Vol State website and the Vol State Facebook page for timely updates.

Advisors are available to help if you have questions. Email or call 615-230-3702 to set up an online or phone appointment.

If you are considering classes, but have not applied yet, we encourage you to do so now. Applying is free and entirely online. at Apply Today!

If you have additional questions, please contact us using the information below.