May 27, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Catalog

Distance Learning


          

NWF Online

Technology and the Internet are integral parts of the education process at NWFSC. In keeping with current educational practice, students will be expected to use computer technology and internet communication throughout their college experience. All classes offered at NWFSC may require use of the Internet; such use may vary depending on the class delivery mode (traditional, hybrid, or online).

NWF Online’s website (http://online.nwfsc.edu) supports student learning through various methods and serves as the portal to online classrooms. The site provides access to online classes for Distance Learning students and for students in traditional and hybrid classes using the College’s online learning environment, Canvas.

Technical support for students is available on the NWF Online website.

Online Classes

Online instruction, which is offered in asynchronous and synchronous (Online Live, with real-time classes conducted via Zoom) formats, reaches students needing flexibility and convenience. Online courses are conducted 80% online. 

Online Live Flex

An online live flex course combines elements of live online instruction with flexible learning options, allowing students to attend live sessions or engage with course material at their own pace. In this format, instructors conduct live classes at set times, but students have the flexibility to join these sessions in real time or view recordings later. This hybrid approach accommodates different learning styles and schedules, giving students more control over how they engage with the course content.

Hybrid Classes

Hybrid classes are traditional college classes combined with online activities to reduce class seat time. They provide the advantages of limited face-to-face instruction combined with the convenience of online learning. Thus, hybrid classes meet in person less often than traditional classes but provide the same course credit as traditional classes.

 

Online Instruction

NWFSC offers students the convenience and flexibility of earning course credits through various delivery modes so that students may take control of their own education by working and learning at times and places convenient to them. Online and hybrid classes carry the same course numbers and credits as their traditional counterparts and appear on the student’s transcript just as any other course does; there is no designator on the transcript identifying a course as online or hybrid. Credits earned are transferable and are applicable to graduation requirements in the same manner as traditional classes. All NWFSC courses, including all online and hybrid courses, are taught by faculty holding credentials in the relevant subject matter. Students can search for online and hybrid classes by using the Class Search Tool

Online Course Orientations

To ensure the success of each student, every online instructor will provide an online orientation to Canvas and the course. Course orientations contain crucial information, such as course pace, how to submit assignments, grading requirements, testing arrangements, and strategies for improving student success. 

Final Examinations

Final examinations for online classes will be given within Canvas. Online final exams are held at the end of each term and must be taken at the scheduled time unless other arrangements are approved in advance by the appropriate division director or department head. Final exam schedules can be found on the Academic Calendar for each term.

Online Support Services

NWFSC is committed to offering students the same quality of education through online and hybrid courses as it offers in the classroom. In addition to online tutoring support and online library help through Ask-a-Librarian, distance-learning students have full access to college services at all physical locations. They may use on-campus resources, such as the Zoghby Learning Commons, Student Success Navigation, and computer labs. The process for seeking assistance for NWFSC online classrooms is to email online@nwfsc.edu.