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What is Distance Learning?

Distance Learning (DL) is a medium that enables learning to occur when the student and the instructor are physically separated from each other in time and place.

At Robeson Community College, these courses may be offered via the Internet or the North Carolina Information Highway and have the same course description, basic content, and credit hours as the traditional courses.

Instruction may be synchronous (requires all participants to be online at the same moment in time) or asynchronous (learning “anytime, anywhere” meaning that the learning process of a particular subject is performed without fixed class hours in classrooms).

Instructors

The courses are facilitated by qualified, competent instructors who structure the course so that the learning outcomes are comparable to those in a traditional classroom setting. Students who enroll in a distance learning course should expect to complete homework assignments, participate in classroom discussion (discussion forums), and complete tests. Instructors also serve as a resource to the students by providing supplementary materials and by interacting with students in the discussion forums, online office hours or via e-mail/phone.

Credit Hours

The credit hours of a distance learning course are the same as on-campus classes. For example, both CIS 110-D1 (face-to-face setting) and CIS 110-0I (online setting) are three (3) credit hours. Registration procedures are the same; and students have access to the same services and library resources. A technology fee is assessed to all students, regardless of the type of class to which they may register.

Distance learning courses may include any or all of the following:

  • Instructor available by telephone, e-mail, or in person during specified hours
  • Course syllabus outlining assignments, testing information, and other details about the course
  • Textbook and/or study guide to direct and connect the reading and viewing assignments
  • Online Office Hours