Isothermal Community College

Distance Learning

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 (see link provided on this page as well as 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, submitting course work into Moodle, 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.