Frequently Asked Questions
What is “Distance Education”?
Distance Education is a planned teaching/learning experience in which the instructor and students are separated by physical distance and/or time and use a wide spectrum of media to communicate. Distance Education courses are comparable to courses taught in a face-to-face classroom environment at NCC. They are taught by NCC instructors, carry the same number of credits, can be applied to degree or elective requirements and are accepted for transfer.
It is important to realize that courses offered through Distance Education are NOT easier than courses provided through face-to-face instruction. Students need to be motivated and disciplined, and they may be required to submit assignments, participate in threaded discussions and complete examinations by designated deadlines.
NCC provides two types of distance education courses: online courses and hybrid courses.
Online courses are classes in which the course content and instruction are delivered entirely through the web using the learning management system, Blackboard Learn 9.
Note: Students may be required to take proctored midterm and final examinations.
Hybrid courses combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning. The coursework is evenly divided between on-campus meetings and web-based activities.
How can I register for Distance Education courses?
Students who have been admitted to NCC can register for Distance Education courses as part of the normal registration process. Most students will be able to register through the Student Information and Registration System (referred to as “MyNCC”). Academic advisement information will be sent through NCC email accounts in advance of the time to register. The registration priority window is based on earned credits and gives students with more credits the opportunity to select courses before students with fewer credits. It is imperative that students register as soon as they are allowed, before the next credit priority begins, as course availability will become restricted. Individuals who have never attended NCC may apply as a Degree, Non-Degree or International Student. To obtain complete instructions and the appropriate application, visit the College’s web site ncc.edu.
What do I need to access the course?
Students in online and hybrid courses MUST HAVE access to a computer which has a connection to the Internet. The computer can be a PC or a Macintosh. In addition, access requires a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.
How do I take examinations?
Some online courses may require students to come to campus for a mid-term and final examination or schedule a proctored exam. The Office for Distance Education may serve as a proctor for examinations taken outside faculty-scheduled times. Proper college identification will be required at testing sessions. Students who cannot come to campus may make special proctoring arrangements with the Office for Distance Education and their faculty member.
How are online courses conducted?
An email will be sent to all registered online students about a week before the class is scheduled to begin. At that time students will be informed about how to log into their online course. Blackboard Learn 9 provides the instructor with a wide variety of features to create an online course including discussion boards, chatrooms, web links, and assignment and assessment tools.
Are online courses for me?
To be successful in an online course, students should be:
- comfortable using a computer
- understand how to navigate web sites
- able to communicate well in writing
- self-motivated and self-disciplined
- able to commit from 9 to 12 hours per week per course
- willing to participate in online classroom discussions
How can I find out more about specific courses?
Additional information about course content and requirements is available from individual academic departments. The best time to call is between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
How can I withdraw from a class?
During the first three weeks of the semester:
Students can withdraw online from a course through MyNCC without completing a form.
After the third week of the semester:
To officially withdraw from the course, your instructor must approve of your withdrawal request. Check the Academic Calendar for the relevant college deadlines. Follow these steps to complete the process online:
- Log into your NCC email account and go to https://sites.google.com/site/ncconlinecoursewithdrawal/.
- Complete the online form to request a withdrawal from your online class. You must know your professor's name, the class section code, and the CRN number.
- An email will automatically be sent to your instructor from your NCC email account requesting a withdrawal from the class. Your instructor will email the Office of Distance Education with an approval/denial of your withdrawal request.
- You will be notified when your request is either approved or denied. If approved, the Office of Distance Education will forward the withdrawal request documentation to the Registrar.
Note: To avoid any liability, classes must be dropped before the start of the semester.