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Online Courses / Distance Education

West Virginia Northern Community College offers a number of courses through Distance Education.

The goal of the WVNCC Distance Education Program is to provide educational opportunities in a format that is flexible, enjoyable, and convenient. Distance education courses and instructors are routinely evaluated to ensure that students receive the same quality instruction that is delivered in the traditional, on-campus classroom setting.

Distance education courses can be offered in a synchronous or asynchronous format. In asynchronous courses, learning takes place in different locations, but at the same time. Some of the technologies used by WVNCC to deliver synchronous courses are IP video and Zoom. Zoom is accessed via the College’s Learning Management System (LMS), Brightspace D2L . Asynchronous courses allow for learning to take place at different locations and at different times. Students and teachers do not typically need to be online at the same time. This type of course will typically be taught using Brightspace. For more information about Brightspace, click here.

Some courses may require students to physically be on campus periodically for reasons such as orientations, exams, labs or presentations. These courses are considered hybrids or blended courses and are noted in the semester schedule of classes.

To determine if WVNCC is accepting students from your state of residency, please click here to view the State Authorization for Distance Education information.


WVNCC supports your online learning experience with services and resources designed to meet the unique needs of online students and to give online students the same quality experience that they would have on any of our campuses.

Through D2L Brightspace, our online learning platform, you are able to access course materials, communicate with instructors and classmates, submit assignments, take quizzes and exams, and track progress through your course(s). Each course has a dedicated area within Brightspace. Once you register for your first online course, you will have access to Brightspace. Brightspace is accessed through the WVNCC Student Portal.

Students will be given access to the “Brightspace Student Tutorial” that provides information and instructions for navigating and using Brightspace.

Have questions concerning Brightspace?  Email Kim Patterson, Distance Education Coordinator, for additional information.

Accessibility Services

Accommodations for students with disabilities can be arranged through the Academic Resource Center by completing the Voluntary Disability Disclosure form. You will be contact by our office to set up an appointment. More information.

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Contact Information

For general information regarding distance education at West Virginia Northern Community College, contact:

Kim Patterson
Instructional Designer/Distance Education Coordinator

For information regarding the application and admission process, contact:

Program Coordinator, Admissions Office

For information regarding placement testing or to schedule classes, contact:

Tami Alfred
Director - Student Services

Faculty Resources

Self-Assessment: Is Distance Learning for You?
Quality Matters
Student Resources
State Authorization for Distance Education
Technical Requirements
What Makes A Successful Online Student?