What Is Distance Learning?
Distance Learning refers to a type of learning that occurs in which the teacher and students are not physically in the same location.
At Roanoke-Chowan Community College, distance learning involves these three major types:
- Internet or online classes (IC1, IC2, MIC11, MIC21, etc. class sections), in which all instruction takes place through the Internet. We use Moodle as our online course environment.
- Hybrid classes (HD1, HN1, MHD11, MHD21 class sections, etc.) in which part of the instruction occurs live, on campus, while the remaining instruction occurs online through our Moodle course environment.
- In Video conferencing (IH sections) or North Carolina Information Highway classes, students physically meet together in a classroom during specific days and times each week. Communication between the instructor and the students is achieved through video conferencing. The instructor is not physically on campus. If you enroll in these classes, you must follow policies and procedures of the instructor’s college, including start and end dates as well as course withdrawal procedures.
How Internet/Online Classes Work
Once the semester begins, you will have access to your course within our Moodle course pages. You will be expected to participate actively in the course each week, discussing topics by typing in your responses through forums with your classmates and instructor, taking quizzes, and submitting other assignments. Typically, you will have reading and homework assignments that would take place outside of the online environment. You should expect to spend about 9 hours or more each week per class if the class is a 3 semester hour class.
If you are unsure whether online classes are right for you, take a look at the Moodle Orientation course (available June 24, 2013, especially an assignment called Are You Ready for Online Learning?
If you do not yet have your Moodle ID or password, you may use the word visitor as your user name and password.
Contact Rita Rogers, Distance Learning Director, 252-862-1242, JER, LRC 109, or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
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