NCC uses the Course Management System called Blackboard Learn. These classes allow students to complete the requirements for a specific course when it is convenient for them, whether they choose to work at 4:00 am, 1:00 pm or 10:00 pm. All communications, assignments, tests, etc. take place on the internet. While you DO NOT have to attend “class” at a specific time, you DO need to have strong time management and organizational skills. Online classes are not easier…just more convenient!
In addition to online courses NCC offers courses that are called HYBRID. Hybrid courses are taught partially in a campus classroom and partially online using Blackboard. You will be required to meet on campus during the semester. The dates will vary with each course so when taking a hybrid course make sure to check with your professor about on-campus meetings. We also have classes coded OLCR. These courses are online with a campus requirement that generally means you must come on campus take the midterm, the final or both. Again, you will need to check with the instructor for the exact requirements.
Hybrid courses can be the best of both worlds. You still get to meet with your instructor and your classmates, in many cases on a once a week basis, but this could be as little as two or three times a semester. You get the support of your instructor and your classmates but you do not have to come to campus as often as with fully on-ground classes. You get to work somewhat independently for the online portion of your course.
Tips & Tricks for Succeeding Online
Being successful online @ NCC
- Understand that online courses are NOT easier than classroom-based courses. In fact, they can be more difficult and more time consuming.
- Contact the instructor immediately if you do not understand any of the materials or are having technical difficulties.
- Practice time management. Set aside specific hours during the week to work on class assignments, discussion posting, exams, etc.
- Log on to your course at least 5-6 times a week. It is very easy to fall behind in an online class.
- Make sure your computer skills are up to the task of taking an online course.
ADDITIONAL EXTERNAL RESOURCES
- If you are unsure of your computer skills take this basic computer skills tutorial to brush up.
- Go to this site at the University of Illinois to find out more about what makes a successful online student.
- What every student should know about online learning from Kennesaw State University.
- Take this quiz to see if online learning is really for you.
Blackboard Learn Orientation
Each semester NCC offers a number of one-hour orientations that show students who have never taken an online class using Blackboard Learn the basic elements of the system. The orientations focus on how to navigate around the Blackboard site; how to upload files for homework assignments and email or discussion attachments; what the various tools in Blackboard look like and how they are used.
Spring 2017 Orientation Schedule
|Wednesday||1/18||4:30 PM – 5:30 PM||W217|
|Saturday||1/21||11:00 AM – 12:00 PM||W218|
|Wednesday||1/25||5:00 PM – 6:00 PM||W221|
DOWNLOADS YOU MAY NEED IN ORDER TO ACCESS YOUR COURSE MATERIALS (FREE):
- Java – Microsoft Windows needs the Java Virtual Machine installed to run Java applets like Blackboard Chat and email.
- Mozilla Firefox – Just another browser you can use.
- Microsoft Compatibility Pack for Office 2007/2010/2013 File Formats – Allows users of Office 2003 to access files created in 2007 or 2010
- Microsoft Office viewers – Allows viewing of Word documents, PowerPoint, and other files without having to purchase Microsoft Office. (These do not allow file creation.)
- QuickTime Video Player – allows viewing of videos in QuickTime format
- Adobe Reader – allows viewing of documents in portable document format (PDF)
- JourneyEd.com provides the latest software for students to purchase at special academic discounts.