eLearning@NCCC offers flexible learning options including complete online degree and certificate programs and online courses where instruction takes place on the Internet, hybrid (blended) courses, which are a mixture of on-campus and online instruction, and web-enhanced classes, where instruction takes place in a classroom but is supported with online materials and activities. A listing of the various online and hybrid courses can be found on the Electronic Learning website. (Note: not every course is offered each semester).
Online/Blended Degree Programs:
- Business Administration Associates in Science Degree
- Business Administration Associates in Applied Science
- Computer Information Systems
- Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences
- Health Studies
- Human Services
- Sport Management
Online Certificate Programs:
- Business Management Certificate with Degree Option
How eLearning Works
Both online and hybrid courses give you the opportunity to gain knowledge using current technology within a flexible learning environment and schedule.
In online classes you can attend class from anywhere. You’ll need access to a personal computer with an Internet connection and compatible web browsers. Courses can be accessed online 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. In general, you won’t need to attend class on-campus. Some courses, however, require that you take on-campus or proctored exams. All course requirements are provided to you within each course in Blackboard.
Are You a Good Candidate for eLearning?
Successful candidates for NCCC online and hybrid courses have special qualities: they are self-motivated, self-disciplined, independent learners who are good time managers and able to meet deadlines. They are willing to try something new and learn in a non-structured environment. Successful students are comfortable with basic computing technical skills.
Online learners have special qualities and computing skills. Visit the NCCC Electronic Learning website to see if you pass the self-checklists. Go to the campus website at www.niagaracc.suny.edu and on the Academics drop down menu, choose eLearning.
When Do Online and Hybrid Classes Begin?
Both online and hybrid classes begin the same day as regular on-campus classes and follow the same academic schedule; however, we provide you with access to Blackboard Learn, our campus learning management system, one week prior to the first official day of classes. Use this extra time to become familiar with log on procedures and complete the student orientation. You will learn how to navigate and use common features of Blackboard Learn, assess your readiness for online education, and learn about technology requirements, strategies for success, and resources for getting assistance and help.
If you are unsure of when classes begin, check the college academic calendar on the main NCCC college website at www.niagaracc.suny.edu.
How to Access Your Online & Hybrid Course(s)
All online and hybrid (blended) courses are presented through NCCC’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn. All online/hybrid courses open the first day of the semester. You will receive an email in your NCCC T-Wolves College email with instructions for getting started. You must enroll and log into your T-Wolves college email in order to get your account activated in Blackboard Learn. If you sign up for a course after the course start date and during drop/add, log into your College email for getting started instructions or visit the NCCC eLearning student support blog right away. http://ncccelstudent.com
Why Access Blackboard Early?
- To complete the NCCC eLearning student success orientation
- To understand technical & software requirements for Blackboard
What are the Course Expectations?
Online students are required to log in to their online classes at least three times per week. You will be “attending class” each time you submit an assignment, participate in a discussion forum or post a question, but you can attend from your home, office, or anywhere in the world. Although you can work at your own pace and enjoy a good deal of flexibility, each online course has a definite timeline and weekly deadline. Plan on spending several hours per week for each online course (typically 3-4 hours of work per credit hour of the course-i.e. 9-12 hours for a 3 credit course) every week of the semester. Most classes are highly interactive and will require your active participation.
Hybrid (blended) courses have reduced class room time with a portion of instruction taking place online. Instructors of hybrid courses will provide you with the details for their particular course attendance.
Just as in on-campus classes, students in online and hybrid (blended) courses are responsible for budgeting their time and meeting course requirements. Online students can expect a learning experience that is as effective as being with an instructor in a classroom.
Courses may incorporate web-based materials, textbooks, application software, simulations, and even learning activities off line, such as experiments or observations.
How to Register for an eLearning Class
Students enrolled (matriculated) at NCCC follow the same procedures for registration as for on campus classes. Non-matriculated students can visit the NCCC website at www.niagaracc.suny.edu. On the Academics dropdown menu, choose eLearning and view registration procedures.
Online & hybrid courses fall within financial aid regulations for students enrolled in an academic program here at NCCC. For financial aid assistance, call 716-614-6266 or visit the NCCC website.
Final grades can be accessed on Banner Web, the NCCC student information system. A link to Banner Web can be found on the NCCC website under Students.
Technical Requirements/Internet Connectivity
For current technical requirements for Blackboard Learn, visit the Open SUNY help support center link or contact the eLearning department at 716-614-6488.
For more information about eLearning@NCCC, contact the Office of Electronic Learning at 716-614-6788, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.niagaracc.suny.edu and on the Academics drop down menu, choose eLearning.
If you need any assistance gaining access to your course(s), please contact the Open SUNY Help Desk by visiting their website at http://open.suny.edu and click on the link to submit a help desk request, or call them at 1-844-673-6786 (1-844-OPENSUNY) (toll-free within the United States) or 1-518-320-1300 (direct).