Course Formats

Northampton Community College offers course formats to fit your life, allowing you to select the best options for you. Formats range from in-person, online and hybrid, a combination of both. Some online courses meet at a scheduled time, while others are self-paced with weekly milestones.

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In-Person Courses

In-Person

  • Formerly known at NCC as On-Site
  • 100% on-campus, face to face
  • This is the most traditional course format in which students attend classes on campus during the scheduled class time
  • Students may need to access online materials through Blackboard – this depends on the course and instructor
  • Exams will take place on campus.

In-Person Bethlehem

In-Person Monroe

In-Person Fowler

Online Courses

Online

  • 100% online
  • There are no scheduled class meetings to attend
  • Students complete all of their course work online through Blackboard
  • Participation in regular online instructional activities is required
  • Weekly deadlines for work set by the instructor – students move at their own pace during the week to meet these deadlines
  • Students may be required to complete online proctored exams/assignments.

Blended Courses

Blended

  • Formerly known at NCC as Online Blended
  • 100% online
  • Students meet online one day per week using a video conferencing platform (like Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) during the scheduled class time
  • Students engage in other required course activities and assignments online through Blackboard – meeting deadlines set by the instructor
  • Students may be required to complete online proctored exams/assignments.

Blended

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid

  • 50% on-campus, face to face and 50% online [a mix of the in-person and online course formats]
  • Students come to campus at least one day per week for their in-person, face to face class during the scheduled class time
  • Students engage in other required course activities and assignments online through Blackboard– meeting deadlines set by the instructor
  • Exams may be on-campus during scheduled class times or proctored online.

Hybrid

Other Distance Mode

Other Distance Mode

  • Formerly known at NCC as Remote
  • 100% online
  • Courses in this format meet online using a video conferencing platform (like Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) during the scheduled class time
  • Additional course activities and assignments will be available online through Blackboard
  • Students may be required to complete online proctored exams/assignments.

Other Distance Mode

In-Person Online Hybrid Blended Other Distance Mode
On campus - in classroom or lab Yes No Yes No No
Scheduled class meeting times Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Computer & internet required* Depends on instructor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Webcam & microphone required** Depends on instructor Yes Depends on instructor Yes Yes
Requires use of a learning management system like Blackboard** Depends on instructor Yes Yes Yes Depends on instructor
Exams*** On-campus or online Online On-campus or online Online Online
Requires completion of homework, out-of-class activities/assignments, and studying Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

*Open computer labs with internet access available for students on all NCC campuses

**A smart phone can work as a webcam/microphone for many courses (check with course instructor for more specific requirements)

***Online exams may be proctored via online software (check with course instructor for more specific exam information)

Fall 2021 Course Formats

Download The Fall 2021 Course Formats Here (PDF)