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What is a "Distance" Class?
A distance class uses some sort of technology to give you flexibility
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.