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Live Canvas & Elluminate Support
Distance Learning Office
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Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
419.755.4706
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Mike Welker
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Carmen Morrison
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 Are Distance Classes Right for You?

Distance classes are not always a good fit for everyone, depending on your learning style and skill set. 

You can find out if it might be a good fit for you by taking a FREE DL Self-Assessment test.

This online assessment will help you figure out if a Distance Learning class may be right for you.

 

What is a "Distance" Class?

A distance class uses some sort of technology to give you flexibility
in either the time and/or place of your learning.

 

What Online Degrees does NC State Offer?

At present NC State offers two fully online degree program:

NEW!! >> Associate of Arts (AA) in Psychology - Fully Online

Criminal Justice - Online FasTrack Associate's Degree

MORE COMING SOON!

What Distance Class Formats Does NC State Offer?


Fully Online Classes Sections 92x (ie 920, 921 etc.)
All class activities are online via Canvas with no live meetings
(outside of a possible intial orientation)
Upsides: 
> Offers most *time* & *place* flexibility.
> Good for independent learners.
> Do not have to be on campus regularly.
> Can attend class in your PJs :)
Trade-Offs:
> Need excellent time management
> Need to be independently motivated.
> No live interaction with your classmates or instructor.
> Need reliable Internet access.
Elluminate/ Collaborate Hybrid Classes Sections 91x (ie 910, 911 etc.)
All class activities are online via Canvas, but with regular required ONLINE live class meeting times,  via Elluminate/ Collaborate virtual classroom.
No campus visits neccessary.
*Requires Java technology - Free Java plug-in at: www.java.com
Upsides:
> Gives flexibility in the *place* of your learning.
> Regular live (audio) interaction with your instructor and or classmates.
> Usually fewer LIVE meetings than a regular course.   
> Can save gas and not have to drive to main campus.
Trade-Offs:
> Don't have *time* flexibility of fully online -  regular live online meetings required.
> Need good time management skills.
> Need reliable *High speed* Internet, a Mic and ear buds/headphones.
On Campus Hybrid Classes Sections 90x (ie 900, 901 etc.)
Some class activities are online via Canvas, but there are also regular required ON-CAMPUS live class meetings.
Upsides: 
> Offers weekly face to face interaction with instructor and classmates.
> Fewer regular classroom meetings than regular course. 

Trade-Offs:
> Don't have full *time* flexibility  -  regular live on-campus meetings required.
> Still have to be on campus at least once a week.
> Need to manage time to be able to do online work.
> Need reliable Internet access.

 

Are Distance Classes for Everyone?

In a word, no. Distance courses can be more intensive than a traditional class. In particular, they require you to have good time management, reading, writing, computer and study skills. That being said, there are no special pre-requisites or requirements for Distance classes.

 

Do Distance Courses count for the same credit as a traditional class?

YES! You earn the same amount of college credit whether you take a Distance version or a traditional on-campus version of an NC State course. Course content and transferability are identical to courses offered on-campus.

 

Will I have an instructor or classmates in a Distance course?

YES! Each Distance Learning course has a NC State instructor who facilitates the learning process and is available for you to contact by various means (phone, e-mail, on-campus office hours, online office hours via Elluminate etc.) when you need help or have questions. In addition, for Online & Hybrid courses, you will also have classmates that you interact with either face to face or online.

 

How do Online Classes "First Days" Work? 

Typical "first day of class" information is provided through either a live online session via Elluminate, or a live, one-time on-campus orientation session or some sort of recorded orientation online. See the current quarter Distance Classes orientation page for details. Note that Hybrid classes will simply meet for their first regularly scheduled session. 

 

How do I do my assignments and interact with my Online Instructor or classmates?

NC State uses Canvas to conduct online classes. Canvas is on online course platform that allows you to access information, submit assignments, download course materials to your computer, interact with your instructor and classmates via discussion boards and more. In addition, some Online and Hybrid instructors utilize the Elluminate live virtual classroom software to hold live online class sessions or office hours.