Definition of Distance Learning
(as defined by the North Carolina Community College System)
Distance learning occurs when the interaction of a student and instructor is separated by place and/or time. These “non-traditional” courses are designed for students who are self-directed, meaning that they are responsible to do their lessons and assignments without having a set schedule of class meetings (except in Interactive Video classes). More importantly, these classes maintain a level of academic quality comparable with traditional courses. The following types of courses are offered at RCC:
Internet (W) - 100 percent of the instruction is delivered through the Internet.
Blended or “Hybrid” (HY) - Classes meet in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting for usually 50% of the assigned contact hours and completing remaining contact hours online.
Interactive Video (V) - 100% of instruction is delivered by interactive video.
Web-Assisted (WB) - primary delivery is via traditional face-to-face method with a requirement that those students have Internet access as a supplemental part of the course.