2022-2023 Student Catalog 
    
    Apr 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Online Learning @ NCCC


Online Learning @ NCCC offers flexible learning options including complete online degree and certificate programs and online courses where instruction takes place online.   We offer a variety of flexible instructional methods to align with the way that students live, work, and learn today. The aim of these delivery modes is to offer students the maximum amount of choice possible within a formal learning program.  Face to Face Enhanced, Online, Hybrid, Blended, and HyFlex courses give you the opportunity to gain knowledge using current technology with flexible scheduling and learning environments. Learn more about each of these flexible instructional methods offered by NCCC. Visit the Online Learning Website along with a section of FAQ’s to help you get started.  (Note: not every course is offered each semester).

Online/Blended Degree Programs:

  • Accounting (AS)
  • Business Administration (AS)
  • Business Administration (AAS)
  • Computer Information Systems (AS)
  • Criminal Justice (AS)
  • English (AA)
  • Health Studies (AS)
  • Human Services (AA)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Sciences (AA)
  • Psychology (AS)
  • Sport Management (AS)

Online Certificate Programs:

  • Business Management Certificate with Degree Option
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate
  • Disability Studies Certificate

Online Learning at NCCC

In 100% online courses, you can attend class from anywhere and you have access to your online course(s) 24/7. You will be expected to log into your courses at least three times per week and will have definite timelines and due dates.  You are required to have access to a broadband connection and a desktop or laptop computer/MAC, using a tablet or other mobile device may not have the functionality required for the course. Some courses, however, require that you take on-campus or proctored exams.  All course requirements are provided within each course in Blackboard.

Are You a Good Candidate for Online Learning?

Successful candidates for these 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. If you are new to learning in any of these instructional modes or new to using Blackboard, we recommend you complete the Learning to Learn Online course.  It is located in the “MyNCCC” tab in Blackboard. You will learn how to use and navigate Blackboard Learn, manage time for digital learners, communicate professionally in an online environment, analyze writing assignments, and read strategically.

Considering Online Education? See if you are a good candidate for online education by going through this short Online Readiness Checklist. If you are considering enrolling in an online degree or certificate, we highly recommend you go through the SUNY Online Readiness Assessment.

When Do Online, Hybrid, Blended, or HyFlex Classes Begin?

All courses regardless of the instructional mode begin the same day as regular on-campus classes and follow the same academic schedule; however, we provide you with access to the courses you are registered in through Blackboard Learn five days prior to the start date.  Use this extra time to become familiar with log on procedures and complete the Learning to Learn Online course. If you are unsure of when classes begin, check the college academic calendar on the main NCCC college website.

How to Access Online, Hybrid, Blended, or HyFlex Courses

All of these courses are presented through NCCC’s learning management system, Blackboard Learn.  View the Getting Started section and FAQ section of our Online Learning web pages on the college website.

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. View our Online Learning Time Management Calculator for Online Courses to estimate how much time you will need to succeed. Most online classes are highly interactive and will require your active participation.

Hybrid (blended) courses have reduced classroom time with a portion of instruction taking place online. Instructors of hybrid courses will provide you with the details for their particular course attendance during the first on campus class and in the course in Blackboard.

Just as in on-campus classes, students in online, hybrid, blended or hyflex  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 Online Learning Class

Students enrolled (matriculated) at NCCC follow the same procedures for registration as for on campus classes. Non-matriculated students can visit the NCCC Registration and Records page for enrollment instructions.

Financial Aid

All courses offered at NCCC 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 Financial Aid web page.

Grades

Final grades are accessed on Banner Web, the NCCC student information system. A link to Banner Web is located on the NCCC website under MYNCCC.

Technical Requirements/Internet Connectivity

You are required to have access to a broadband connection and a desktop or laptop computer/MAC, using a tablet or other mobile device may not have the functionality required for the course. Visit the SUNY Online help desk to check your browser compatibility or contact Online Learning at onlinelearning@niagaracc.suny.edu. Software like Microsoft Office Suite including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel may be required. As a student at Niagara County Community College, you have access to download Office 365 for FREE with your T-Wolves email address. (To download or learn more about Office 365; log into Blackboard Learn, go to the “Student Success” tab, TECH / TOOLS / TRAINING section, select the Office 365 link.  Some courses, like Public Speaking, will require a device to record yourself presenting speeches. A webcam or video camera is normally sufficient. If there are any other special technology requirements for your course, your instructor will inform you once you begin the course.

Learn more about technical requirements and the use of mobile devices here.

Contact Information

For more information about Online Learning @ NCCC, contact the Office of Online Learning at 716-614-6488, view our FAQ section on the college website, send an email to onlinelearning@niagaracc.suny.edu, or visit our Online Learning contact information