COVID-19 Information & Fall Plans

Online Dual Enrollment Information

Online Dual Enrollment Information

Technology requirements for online courses:

In order to be successful in your online course(s), you should have reliable access to a laptop or desktop computer (PC with Windows or Mac) with Internet connection. Chromebooks, iPads, tablets, and smart phones might not allow enough access to course content to successfully complete all coursework.

Contact your instructor for specific technology requirements for your course. Note that some courses use additional tools such as BioSig and Respondus which are not compatible with Chromebooks. Respondus is not compatible with iPads.

Some online courses will require access to a web-camera and microphone. Contact your instructor to determine if your course requires this equipment. If it does, you can typically use equipment built into the device. Devices that do not have a web-camera can typically be connected to an external web-camera that can be purchased through the campus bookstore, Amazon, Walmart, and many other retailers.

What to Expect

  • Generally, online courses are set up as units with assignments from each unit due by the end of the week.
  • Online courses are as much work as on-campus courses, and it may take additional time to do the coursework.
  • Reading assignments are still based on your textbook, which you can purchase at the bookstore. 
  • Quizzes or tests, and other written submissions, are done online. Some of the quizzes (multiple choice or true/false) are automatically graded, meaning you receive your grade immediately. Your instructor will grade and return essay tests or learning activities that require typing the text from a word processing program. Note that the system keeps a record of your assignments, including the time and date submissions were made and graded.‚Äč
  • Discussion is an important part of many classes. These are not "live" discussions, but more like a message board where there is a record of all postings. You are typically expected to submit your own posts and respond to other student's posts.
  • All NCC students are expected to regularly check their NCC student email account for new emails from college instructors and staff. This is especially important for online students. 
  • Certain online courses require proctored testing. Proctored testing means that exams must be taken under the supervision of a proctor. Proctored testing is done at the NCC Testing Center

Who can I ask for help?

  • Your first point of contact when having trouble should be your instructor.
    • Most online instructors prefer email as their preference in how you can contact them. Your Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) will have a built-in tool that allows you to easily email your instructor. When the instructor responds, you will receive an email in your NCC email account inbox. You can access your inbox by logging into MyNCC and clicking the Gmail icon that looks like an envelope with a red letter “M” on it.
  • If you require technical assistance, contact the ITS Help Desk Phone: 610-861-5413, Email
  • Learning Center- Online tutoring, writing assistance, and academic coaching
  • Library- Online research databases, research guides, writing guides, and more