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Distance Learning

Distance Learning provides learning environments utilizing modern media and technology to replace the traditional commute to campus for classes. Distance Learning students experience the same academic rigor, content and curriculum as on-campus students, yet they have the ability to structure their class schedules and balance their personal and class time.

Distance Learning courses include online (synchronous and asynchronous), Iowa Communications Network (ICN) courses and hybrid formats. Students enrolled in Distance Learning courses should expect a variety of instructional methods including, but not limited to, discussion boards, bookmarks, chat rooms, web resources and video. In addition to a variety of instructional and communication methods, students should expect more reading and required discussions as well as consistent use of technology. Northeast Iowa Community College uses Campus Cruiser’s online learning management system (LMS) called Xpress. Assistance for the functions and tools in Xpress can be found in video tutorials within your Xpress account and in the free TRN-100 tutorial course.

To succeed in online courses, students should:

  • Be a good reader. Online courses are inherently reading intensive, although many include audio and visual components. It is important for students to be able to read at the college level. The ENG-045: Communication through Reading and Writing course at NICC can revive your skills if needed.

  • Check course prerequisites. Some courses designate a specific skill level, the completion of a prior course or the approval of the dean before a student may take it. Students must complete prerequisites before registering for online courses. This includes successful completion of the TRN training module prior to registration.

  • Possess adequate computer literacy. Students will need to know how to send email, search the Internet, download, upload, attach and save files.

  • Be familiar with basic computer operations, such as using the mouse, scrolling through windows, navigating various tool bars and clicking on links and hyperlinks.