Fall 2020 Student Slideshow
Why are some PHO 111: Photography 1 sections scheduled to meet one day per week, whereas others are scheduled to meet two days per week?
Before the pandemic era, some PHO 111 sections were designated as Mixed Mode / Blended format, and some sections were designated as Face-to-Face format. The Mixed Mode sections were designed to meet on campus once per week, whereas face-to-face sections met on campus twice per week.
Starting in fall 2020, all PHO 111 sections were switched to the Virtual Classroom format due to restricted campus operations; none of them were designed to meet on campus. Unfortunately, what confuses the Virtual Classroom format across sections, is that the days and times from pre-pandemic formats [Mixed Mode & Face-to-Face] were preserved.
The course content and credit hours earned is the same across all sections, but there are some differences in the delivery of content and student responsibility to obtain command for course material.
- PHO111 sections that meet once-per-week require student self-directed study of videos on LinkedIn Learning [in Blackboard].
- PHO111 sections that meet twice-per-week require student synchronous class meeting attendance via Zoom, to attend live, instructor-led presentations of the course material.
The instructor of each section provides details regarding student responsibilities to learn course material for successful outcomes. Please make sure to check your WCC eMail for important updates from the college, and from your instructor. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.
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