About the Online Campus
Through a variety of technology-rich instructional approaches, we assist faculty in navigating the digital landscape as it emerges. With evidence from continued research and application, our team works with professors to identify and implement best practices for the integration of technology and to enhance the learning experience with the goal of impacting teaching and learning both in the traditional classroom and online.
Additionally, we aid professors in the creation of visual supports that are dynamic and interactive, building assets and content resources to enhance the learning experience. Pathways that promote active participation in Southern’s learning community are created through the development of teacher presence, social presence, and cognitive presence.
The mission of the Online Campus is two fold:
- to serve as a leader for the selection and support of classroom technologies, and
- to provide guidance for schools, departments, and programs to design, develop, and deliver high-quality distance education courses and programs.
Support is configured across campus in a way that parallels best practice by being team-based, collaborative, comprehensive, and action-oriented. An array of services such as faculty development for academic technologies, eClass support, media asset creation, and centralized administrative support for online programs are offered.
Online Campus courses are designed to be dynamic and supportive. With our frequent student and professor interaction, you may feel as though you’re a part of a physical classroom!
All class resources for online courses can be found on Southern Adventist University's Course Management System called eClass. Weekly student-professor meetings using the Adobe Connect web-communication system allow students and professors to interact in real time. For eClass system requirements, check here.
“Before I decided to attend Southern Adventist University, I was stuck spiritually.
[...] The course material, both the lectures and the supplemental material added,
provided instruments of knowledge that were adapted in ways that allowed every type
of learner to grasp the ideas that were being presented to know the Lord more intimately.
[...] I am grateful for this opportunity and taking this course”
- Christofer Trana, Student
“Online classes are always hit-or-miss from a student’s perspective, but you definitely
make it work. Thank you for the impact you have left on me and the other students
in this class.”
- Anonymous, Student
“This class on the Life and Teachings of Jesus has been one of the most rewarding
experiences I have ever had. [...] A university with a foundation in Christ makes
all the difference in the world.”
- Missy Walden, Student
“I have opened my eyes and heart more since reading this book and taking this course.
Little did I know that a college course could lead to my salvation. That’s priceless
- Anonymous, Student
“Thank you Dr. Morris and Southern for requiring your students to read the Desire
of Ages. It has FOREVER changed my life. I pray someday we will all meet in heaven.
God bless you.”
- Anonymous, Student
“My experience taking online classes at Southern has been pleasant and very interactive.
I have the flexibility to fit courses into my hectic schedule and can accomplish all
the work and watch the lectures in the comfort of my own room (or anywhere with an
Internet connection). I am very pleased with the flexibility and opportunity to expand
my learning that this online program has provided me.”
- Sarah de Azevedo, Student
“All of the material from [Life and Teachings of Jesus] can be applied to my life
now and my life to come. What a blessing it is to have a class that is so practical.
This class not only better prepared me for letting others know about Christ, but also
increased my excitement for Jesus all the more.”
- Jeffrey Harper, Student
“Very pleased with the total experience. Thank you.”
- Louise Lourdes, Student
“I not only learned more about God [in the Life and Teachings of Jesus course], but
I gained new friends. I thought going over the quizzes and chatting online was especially
nice. Jesus’ life is a never-ending story. It’s so neat to look at His life so that
we can grow closer to Him.”
- Ashley Seymour, Student
“The experience of teaching using distance video-conferencing was an exciting and
inspiring endeavor. I was amazed at how connected I felt to the students. Discussions
and activities were shared as if we were together in the same room. It does not take
long to see that teaching using this type of technology has unlimited possibilities!
I recommend it highly to both teachers and students.”
- Ginger O‘Neal, Professor, Health Methods & Bible Methods
“As a teacher, I gather energy from the students in my class. To my surprise, the
energy level was still there! Those wonderful connections that make teaching so rewarding
were still made, and I felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of the course. I
think we must face the reality that distance learning fills a need, is here to stay,
and can be highly effective.”
- Eugene Brewer, Professor, Differentiated Instruction
“Some have wondered whether “the Southern experience” can occur in an online class.
My answer is “Yes!” For students who are off campus, an online class can give them
a taste of education in a Christian context. Serious learning is taking place, students’
lives are being impacted, and I am blessed beyond measure!”
- Derek Morris, Professor, Life and Teachings of Jesus