Distance Learning FAQs
Distance learning is a form of education where instruction occurs when student and instructor are in separate locations. Distance learning at ECC consists of online classes and hybrid classes.
Online/internet classes are courses that utilize the internet as the source of access to the course content and as a communication tool for the student and faculty member.
Hybrid classes are courses in which approximately 50 percent of instruction, evaluation and communication are provided electronically via the course management system. Time required in a traditional classroom setting is reduced but not eliminated.
D2L is the course management system used by ECC to access online classes. It is also used as an enhancement to many face-to-face classes. Faculty and students log into the system using their user name and password. Students must be registered in a course using Desire to Learn (D2L) to have access to the system.
Students registered in an online distance learning class will receive an informational email approximately one week prior to the start date of the class. This email will provide important information about the class, as well as provide log-in information to Desire2Learn, where the course syllabus and other essential course resources are available.
Your instructor remains an integral part of the learning process and provides you with specific course instructions and guidelines. Depending upon the class, a variety of tools are used which help you in learning the course content.
Most online instructors provide a week by week schedule, while other instructors allow students to self-pace their learning.
Yes, as you are required to learn the same material. The only difference is the course delivery method.
Yes. The financial aid process is the same whether you are enrolled in distance classes or in traditional classes
Yes. Orientations for first time distance students are held at various times during the semester. These orientations provide information on how to be a successful distance student, as well as a hands-on learning experience with Desire to Learn (D2L). Anyone can attend these orientation sessions, but they are especially geared to students taking an online class for the first time. There is also an online orientation* available for students.
Yes. Computers are available in the college’s computer labs or library.
The computers in the college’s computer labs and library have free Internet access. To connect your own computer to the internet, investigate different internet service providers (ISP). Some offer free internet access.
No. Register for an online class exactly the same way you register for any other course.
For online classes testing depends upon the instructor. Some exams are only available online.
ECC transcripts do not differentiate between distance learning and face-to-face courses.
If your technical problems consist of getting or staying connected to the Internet, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Once you are online and have problems with your course website, there are a couple of things you can do: