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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 a synchronous course, 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 (accessed via Blackboard Learning). 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 Blackboard.

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.

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

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