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.
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.
combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning. The coursework is evenly divided between on-campus meetings and web-based activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To be successful in an online course, students should be:
Additional information about course content and requirements is available from individual academic departments. The best time to call is between 9am and 4pm.
During the first three weeks of the semester (varies during summer sessions):
Students can drop online courses through the MyNCC Banner drop/add page. From your MyNCC portal Launchpad, click “Register for classes”.
Check the Academic Calendar for the relevant college deadlines dates. To officially withdraw from the course, your instructor must approve of your withdrawal request.
Students can withdraw from an Online or Hybrid course by completing the following steps:
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