Distance Education at NACC

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The primary goal of distance education is to offer available, accessible, and affordable courses for transfer and career programs for students.

What is Distance Education?

Distance education refers to a formal educational process where a significant part of learning and communication between students and instructors takes place when they are not physically in the same location. Currently, online courses make up the majority of distance education courses offered at NACC.

NACC’s acquisition of an online monitoring tool, along with changes to the online testing policy, now permits students to take most online courses entirely from an off-campus location. In most cases, students enrolled in online courses will have the choice to complete examinations or assignments either on campus with a proctor or off campus through the monitoring tool Respondus Monitor.

Distance education courses at NACC are of the same quality and rigor as traditional courses. These courses require at least the same amount of time as would be dedicated to a traditional course. In order to take online courses, a student must have access to an active internet connection with an internet service provider and a functional browser.

Online courses do provide flexibility within a course schedule and may be an option for students who work, have family obligations, prefer an off-campus setting, live a considerable distance from the college, etc. If you are self-motivated and self-disciplined, communicate effectively through various tools, and feel that quality learning can take place outside the traditional classroom, then you may be well-suited for distance education at NACC.

To find out more, visit Distance Education Policy and Distance Education FAQ.

To begin your future at NACC, start at NACC Admissions!

For a complete list of online courses for the current semester, refer to Class Schedules.

Using any computer or information technology resource of Northeast Alabama Community College signifies that the user agrees to comply with the following NACC policies:

Notice to out-of-state students: NACC has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. If your address changes, please notify the Admissions Office. Students not located in Alabama and taking courses in a program leading to specific professional licenses or certifications required for employment will need to review the NC-SARA Licensure Disclosure. Out-of-state students taking distance education courses who wish to file a complaint should first follow NACC's complaint policy found in the Catalog & Student Handbook, then the SARA complaint process found at ACHE Student Complaints. More information can be found at NC-SARA Student Complaints. 

Full policies of Northeast Alabama Community College are published in the Faculty and Staff Handbook (employment policies), or the Catalog (academic and student policies), or can be obtained from the Office of the President. While this website attempts to present information accurately, it does not constitute the complete statement of policies of Northeast Alabama Community College. Contents are subject to change without notice.


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