- Distance Education (DE)
- Student Portal
- Technology Equipment & Software Requirements
- Technical Support
- REMOTE PROCTORING
Distance Education (DE)
Tampa Medical College offers a robust Distance Education program. All programs offered by the program have a distance education component. It includes the transmission and exchange via the Internet of any outcomes-based learning and instructional material to an audience that is physically separated from the source of the instruction. DE may include fully online courses, asynchronous or synchronous, and hybrid courses. Distance Education requires special techniques of course design, instructional techniques, assessment, and methods of communication by electronic and other technologies.
Online courses are those courses delivered wholly online with no location requirements. These courses are generally considered to be asynchronous, but some may have synchronous components. Students and the instructor interact exclusively through the learning management system via a dedicated course room. Students interact with the instructor and other students through discussion posts, direct messaging, and group assignments. Examinations may be conducted online via proctoring arrangements or by other means. If an instructor desires to incorporate live class sessions for complex topics, they can, and students will receive ample notification to assist with student participation.
Instruction is delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. All Hybrid courses have fixed lecture times. Students in Hybrid courses are expected to be present for live didactic learning in a traditional classroom or web-based technologies. All students will be required to attend the labs and clinical portions in person. Clinical Simulations will be conducted in our High-Fidelity Hospital Simulation Laboratory. All quizzes, tests, regular exams, mid-term exams, final exams, course exit exams, and other learning opportunities are scheduled and proctored. In addition, to live, hybrid courses have asynchronous learning components such as online discussion boards, research papers, and or other instructor-driven learning activities.
Web-enhanced courses are NOT distance education courses. Residential courses are web-enhanced. Residential courses are held on campus and use technology to augment the course. Tampa Medical College utilizes Sycamore Learning Management which allows students the ability to retrieve or view documents such as syllabi, handouts, PowerPoints, supplemental lesson presentations, etc., as well as be directed to specific Internet sites that will provide students with additional course content. Web-enhanced courses may also utilize the online grade book, online testing, and online assignment submission.
The table below is a summary breakdown of the programs offered by the college and the different modalities the programs are offered. Review the student catalog for a breakdown of each program.
|Practical Nursing Program
|Associate of Science in Nursing
|Associate of Science in Nursing (Telehealth)
|Bachelor of Science in Nursing
|RN to BSN
|Master of Science in Nursing
Tampa Medical College utilizes Sycamore Campus a Learning Management System and Campus Management System.
Logging into Sycamore Campus
Before the student can log in to Sycamore Campus the student will receive a unit USER ID and Password during orientation. Each student will be sent an email with their login details once they are registered.
This email will contain
- The Campus ID
- Individual Student Username
- Temporary Password
The student will be able to login in by going to https://app.sycamorecampus.com/ to access Sycamore campus for the first time. Once the student has logged in for the first time there are a variety of ways to access Sycamore Campus no matter where the student is
- Use the link from your login email
- Access the login portal through the MPI website
- Type the web address directly into your browser: https://app.sycamorecampus.com/
The first time you log in you will be prompted to change your password. Once you have changed your password, you will be logged out of the site. The student should use their new password information to sign back in.
Students will have access links through the student portal to the following platforms used to support learning
** There maybe other platforms utilized by Tampa Medical College not listed above. Students will be informed of any other platforms by their instructors as they become available
Technology Equipment & Software Requirements
The student may download the Technology Checklist to review general equipment requirements for students to be able to effectively participate in courses. The checklist provides equipment and software requirements for the online platforms utilized by Tampa Medical College
Students may complete a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met to effectively complete courses. The student will need a minimum of 3.8 Mbps to download speed. The student may test their download speed by following the link this link:
Tampa Medical College is committed to making available critical telephone, network, and server resources to the students.
Tampa Medical College (TMC) IT Support
IT staff will provide on-call support. For the quickest response, please submit an IT ticket and the IT department will respond.
Tampa Medical College utilizes Zoom for courses requiring mandatory Synchronous lectures and other activities that require face-to-face. Zoom is a centrally supported, easy-to-use video conferencing platform that provides high definition, interactive collaboration tools, and telephone conferencing to use for communication and collaboration. Zoom can be used on laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones, and even desk phones, giving students many ways to access the class session. Users must Install the software. Instructors and Students who plan to join Zoom meetings from a mobile device should also download the Zoom mobile app. Get to know the Zoom control. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362603-Host-Controls-in-a-Meeting
Students will have the option of taking online proctored exams. Remote proctoring enables students to write an exam in a remote location while maintaining the exam’s integrity. The Proctoring system utilized by Tampa Medical College software confirms a student’s identity and monitors him/her through a webcam. The live or recorded proctoring allows the Proctor and system to flag any suspicious activity or behavior. The remote proctoring systems utilized by the College ensure a multi-factor biometric authentication (face scan, ID scan, and room scan) upon entry. The Proctoring systems utilized prevent students from accessing web browsers or other applications during the test.
Definition of “proctored”
A proctored exam is a supervised test. An instructor or an approved proctor monitors the student during the test. The proctor ensures that the rules and requirements of the exam are followed.
Tampa Medical College utilizes two types of Remote proctoring systems.
- Proctor 360
- Speed exam AI proctoring
Proctoring Systems and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA is a U.S. federal law that protects the privacy of students’ education records. The Proctoring system utilized by Tampa Medical College complies with their FERPA obligations. The systems also maintain administrative, physical, and technical controls to ensure that no unauthorized persons are able to gain access to any student information that would be considered confidential under FERPA
- Meets Accreditation Requirements to achieve DOE Title IV compliance with ID verification and remote proctoring.
- Integrate with Learning Management System and Exam Testing Platforms.
- Allows for Customized proctoring settings for each assessment.
- Customizable test settings that instructors can modify for each exam.
- Customer Service and Technical Support is available 24hours.
- Check for Third party applications.
- View the Testing Room in Real time.
- The testing experience on proctoring platforms is secure both on the side of the Proctor and the users.