Online courses are classes in which the course content and instruction are delivered
entirely through the web using the learning management system, Blackboard Learn.
Hybrid courses combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning. The coursework is
evenly divided between on-campus meetings and web-based activities.
Note: Students may be required to take proctored midterm and final examinations.
Students who have been admitted to NCC can register for online and hybrid courses
as part of the normal registration process. Most students will be able to register
through the Student Information and Registration System (referred to as “MyNCC”).
Academic advisement information will be sent through NCC email accounts in advance
of the time to register. The registration priority window is based on earned credits
and gives students with more credits the opportunity to select courses before students
with fewer credits. It is imperative that students register as soon as they are allowed,
before the next credit priority begins, as course availability will become restricted.
Individuals who have never attended NCC may apply as a Degree, Non-Degree or International
Students in online and hybrid courses must have access to a computer which has a connection to the Internet. The computer can be
a PC or a Macintosh. Recommended web browsers are Firefox and Chrome.
The Blackboard App is also available for quick access, allowing students a way to
connect to online learning through a mobile device. The Blackboard App can be used
to perform simple tasks such as viewing course content and participating in discussions.
However, it cannot be used to perform all the required functions of an online or hybrid
course and does not replace the need for a computer.
Blackboard, the online learning management system, provides the instructor with a
wide variety of features including discussion boards, announcements, web links, and
assignment and assessment tools.
An email will be sent to all registered online students about a week before the class
is scheduled to begin. At that time, students will be informed about how to log into
their online or hybrid course.
To be successful in an online or hybrid course, students should be:
- comfortable using a computer
- understand how to navigate web sites
- able to communicate well in writing
- self-motivated and self-disciplined
- able to commit from 9 to 12 hours per week per course
- willing to participate in online classroom discussions
Additional information about course content and requirements is available from individual
academic departments. The best time to call is between 9am and 4pm.
The Open SUNY Help Desk provides technical support with Blackboard via telephone,
web, chat, and e-mail.
Online: Submit Help Desk Ticket
Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 12am EST, Saturday 10am - 8pm EST, Sunday 10am - 9pm EST