Distance Learning /Instructional Innovation Center
The integration of technology in many NLC courses provides students with the opportunity to use computer-based technology to communicate, solve problems, and acquire information. Students access the Internet to conduct research, use the ACES and CANVAS platforms to access class content and e-mail, can participate in blogs, take online quizzes, submit assignments, participate in online forums, and use basic Microsoft software to enhance their curricular assignments and advance their own understanding of using technology to create content and communicate effectively. NLC provides students with access to various technology tools and software while supporting student learning in using new technologies through the Instructional Innovation/Distance Learning Center (IIC/DLC). IIC/DLC staff will assist students who need assistance with learning technology-related assignments, are working on projects for clubs and other organizations, or are preparing for their future career paths. Students who need technical assistance or help accessing software and systems can contact NLC IT at firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructional Innovation/Distance Learning Center is located on the first floor of the Library (NLIB 123). We are here to help you down the road to your successful future. To contact us call 210-486-5372 or email email@example.com.
An online course is a course that meets online the majority or all of the time. Internet courses offer the convenience and flexibility of participating in a course without a formal schedule or location. However, some online courses do require that you attend campus some of the time (less than 15% of the time). You might be required to come to campus to take tests, for presensations, or for course orientations.
Prior to enrolling in online courses, make sure that you are ready for success. You should be confident about your own learning style and technology skills. Online courses require you to be self-guided and motivated, so you can meet deadlines and participate fully in the course. Please visit us at the Instructional Innovation/Distance Learning Center if you would like more information or assistance with Online Courses. Students who are new to online learning are required to complete OLRN 0001. If you are interested in increasing your skills and knowledge about success in online courses, please see the information regarding OLRN 0001 in this catalog. We are located at the Comal Learning Resource Center NLIB 123, or call us at 210-486-5372.
For a listing of all internet courses, visit our website.
Blended or Hybrid Courses
A Blended Course (also referred to as a hybrid) is a course that replaces some of the face-to-face classroom sessions with online instruction. Classes do meet on campus for a major portion of the time. You can expect to spend between 50-84% of the class time completing activities on your own using the Internet.
Orientation to Online Learning (OLRN 0001)
If this is the first time you have enrolled in an online course, you are required to register for ORLN 0001 - Orientation to Online Learning. This should be done prior to the semester’s start. The orientation to online learning is a free, non-credit “mini-course” for students who are new to online learning. The orientation is online and usually takes less than two hours to complete. The purpose of the orientation is to provide students with information about best practices in the online classroom and how to increase your learning online.
Student will have an opportunity to practice using some of the more common tools used in the online environment. For students who just want to know more about CANVAS, NLC’s learning management system, you can register for an orientation as well. More information is available on the distance learning website.