Taking some or all of your classes in a distance learning format (online, web-assisted, or hybrid) may allow you to overcome some of the obstacles that prevent you from taking a seated/traditional class. For example, you may need to work a full-time job or stay at home with children while pursuing your degree at Isothermal Community College. Workloads for distance learning courses is comparable to traditional courses, but the delivery method utilizes a variety of technologies in an online environment.
Students enrolling in a program to take distance learning courses must complete the admissions requirements for the program first. Once the admissions steps are complete, you may then complete the registration process for the distance learning course. In order to facilitate the registration process, make sure you meet all of the requirements to be an online student at Isothermal Community College. Please review the list of technical requirements, a link from this web page. These are considered basic skills required to be successful in a distance learning course. In some courses, specific technology is required to complete the course work. Contact the course instructor to identify technology needs in the course, such as specific products and versions.
After registering for the distance learning course, your instructor will make the course material available to you within Moodle on the first day of the semester. If course materials are not available on the first day of the semester, you should contact your instructor immediately (by email or some other method). If you do not hear from your instructor within 24 hours, you should contact the Help Desk at 828-395-1437.
Students enrolled in Distance Learning courses must complete the mandatory course enrollment assignment on the first day of the term. Failure to complete the mandatory course enrollment assignment could result in receiving a grade of No Show (NS) for the course with no refund issued for the course.
Types of Distance Learning:
Online courses, also referred to as Internet courses, give you access to content 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week and students are not required to have a physical presence on campus to complete the course. Some online courses may require testing by proctor. Online courses are convenient, but they are not suitable for all students or situations. If you are considering taking an online class for academic credit, the Distance Education Questionnaire (located in Appendix E in the Student Handbook) will help you evaluate your suitability for online classes. Please consult your advisor or the instructor of the online course with this decision.
Web-assisted courses, also referred to as web-supported courses, are courses in which the content is primarily delivered by the instructor in a face-to-face setting and has an additional requirement that the students have Internet access for the online portion of the class. In a web-assisted course, you are required to meet at specific days and times with the course instructor in addition to completing assignments online.
Hybrid courses are courses in which the content is primarily delivered in an online environment and has an additional requirement for the student to meet with the instructor in a face-to-face setting. In a hybrid course, you are required to meet at specific days and times with the course instructor in addition to completing assignments online.
In addition to distance learning courses, many traditional courses at Isothermal Community College require computer skills, Internet access, and email communication to fulfill course requirements. Isothermal Community College has computers with Internet access located in the Library and the Business Sciences building that are for students use. Curriculum students are issued student email addresses, Patriot Port accounts, and Moodle accounts. If you have difficulty accessing any of these accounts, please contact the Help Desk at 828-395-1437 or visit the Help Desk web page.