What Is Distance Ed

What Is Distance Education ?

Distance Education is simply learning at a distance.  A student can participate in classes at his or her own convenience, anytime and anywhere.  Distance Education is flexible, allowing adult learners to earn college credits, even entire degrees, diplomas, and certificates, without sitting in a traditional classroom. At WCC, Distance Education makes use of the Internet, software, and videos.

Wayne Community College (WCC) provides an innovative, flexible and convenient approach to learning, offering online degree, diploma and certificate programs.  Through WCC’s Distance Education programs students participate in classes that are convenient for them. Our online programs are designed to empower students to pursue a degree and/or achieve their educational goals.

WCC offers distance education courses in Internet, Hybrid, and Web-assisted formats.

Internet courses are offered completely online though Moodle, the College’s Learning Management Systems (LMS). An internet course is a college credit course in which all of the learning activities are completed online. The goals of an online course are to offer a quality and challenging online learning environment; to promote active, independent learning, and to eliminate seated class time restraints. Students must maintain academic progression through the course and must have access to a computer and the internet to complete course assignments and activities. Online courses have the same standards, required competencies, and credit hours as traditional seated courses.

Hybrid courses are a blend face-to-face and online learning. A hybrid course is a college credit course in which a portion of the learning activities are completed online. Contact hours traditionally spent in the classroom or lab are reduced. The goals of a hybrid are to join the best features of face-to-face learning instruction with the best features of online instruction; to promote active independent learning;and to reduce class seat time. Students must attend the scheduled face-to-face meeting times and must have access to a computer and the internet to complete independent assignments. Hybrid course have the same standards and, required competencies, and credit hours as traditional seated or totally online courses. The instructor for each course will set the requirement for online meetings, classes, and testing.

Web-supported/Web-assisted courses provide online access to supplemental content and/or activities to students enrolled in traditional seated courses. A web-assisted course is one offered for college credit where the delivery method is face-to-face and there is no reduction of hours of seat time. Additional resources, review materials, and learning activities will be incorporate online for the students’ use.

Distance education courses, policies, and enrollment procedures are listed in the College’s schedule of courses and on the College Web site.  Registration processes, credit hours earned, and cost is the same as for traditional courses.

Online courses and distance education – Is it for me?

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Registration for an online course is the same as registering for any other course the college offers. For admission info, please call (919) 739-6720 or click here for admissions info.

Recipients of veterans educational benefits must see the coordinator of Military Assistance Programs before enrolling in a distance education course.

For more information on Admissions and Registration, Schedules & Calendars, Course Search, Non-Credit courses, Student Services, Bookstore, WCC Technology Services, Policies, etc. view the Distance Education Resources page.

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