Self-Paced Online Courses (SPOC) are facilitated 100% online with multiple start dates available throughout each semester. Students select their SPOC block and are only required to complete all coursework by the end of the period, instead of assignments being due intermittently. Students can finish in as little as 30 days or take the full 6 or 8-week length of the SPOC block.
SPOC only requires that you have an internet connection and a computer.
Pick your course start/end dates and work at your own pace.
Undergraduate degrees permit up to 30 hours of correspondence education, including SPOC.
The burden of success, and learning, is placed on the student in SPOC courses. As such, they are not ideal for all students. Students that excel in SPOC courses tend to:
In fact, as you can see below from the list of behaviors that impact success in SPOC courses, students that complete their courses ahead of the 8 week deadline have a higher success rate (earning a letter grade of A, B, or C) than students that procrastinate or work sporadicallly.
Success Rate (ABC)
|Started Early; Worked Steadily||93%|
|Started Late; Worked Steadily||84%|
|Started Early; Worked Sporadically||79%|
|Started Late; Worked Sporadically||47%|
|Never Started Working||0%|