SWCC and The Learning House, Inc. Find Online Education Partnership, Opportunities

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Southwestern Christian College (SWCC) is fairly new to the eLearning game, having launched its online courses in 2006. In that short time, however, the institution has become a model for what can be accomplished via partnership between a future-driven learning institution and The Learning House, Inc.

Southwestern Christian College (SWCC) is fairly new to the eLearning game, having launched its online courses in 2006. In that short time, however, the institution has become a model for what can be accomplished via partnership between a future-driven learning institution and The Learning House, Inc.

With an eye toward continuing advancements in education, SWCC made the decision to begin offering courses over the Internet both to assist current students and attract a new breed of future learners. From its campus in Terrell, Texas, a presence on the Web would extend the school's traditional borders limitlessly, allowing students internationally to benefit from the school's world-class educational programs.

To accomplish these ambitious goals, SWCC entered into a partnership with Learning House. The company's extensive history of creating, managing and promoting online programs for colleges, universities and other institutions afforded SWCC a sneak peek into what impressive results lay ahead for the institution's eLearning venture. And indeed, the ensuing months brought new experiences, new courses and new students to the Texas-based college.

SWCC offers the following degree programs online: Associate of Science in Bible Studies, Associate of Arts in Bible Studies, Bachelor of Science in Bible Studies, and Bachelor of Arts in Bible Studies. These four online degree programs are specifically geared toward meeting the needs of adult learners juggling jobs and family with education, and offer the benefits of flexible scheduling and the opportunity to attend class from home or work. The school, and all of its degree programs, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Services offered in the partnership with Learning House make these online degree programs possible at SWCC. To begin, Learning House designs every course with its Learning Management System, customizing each class to the needs of SWCC's esteemed educators. Learning House course designer-teacher collaborations can include such multimedia features as games and simulations, class polls and audio and visual presentations. Teachers are trained prior to their courses' launch, and then provided with follow-up tutorials as needed. Additionally, Learning House ensures that help desk assistance is available to SWCC faculty, staff and students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Beyond the virtual classroom, Learning House also ensures the excellence of the entire eCollege experience. The eLearning company created a customized online campus Web site for SWCC on which the school can host and feature its eCourses. This Web site is designed as a comprehensive campus -- not just a Web site -- with all of the amenities found on traditional college grounds. Information request forms; access to online courses, training, and resources; online applications; program and course descriptions; FAQs; and library and bookstore services are just a few features translated from the physical campus to the virtual space.

Learning House also provides eMarketing services to help maximize SWCC's reach and to assist potential students in finding their perfect program. The company's multifaceted marketing approach includes direct mail, listings on eLearnPortal.com, and other means of promotion.

From its drive to reach out to a new breed of students through its development of online courses, to its virtual campus and marketing efforts, SWCC's experience with online learning offers an ideal example of the benefits and opportunities a partnership with Learning House can provide.

Find out more about the online programs at SWCC!

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http://www.elearnportal.com/swcc

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