E-Learning courses are designed for highly motivated students who cannot or do not want to come to campus because of their work schedules, family needs or other reasons. e-Learning students can control their own schedules by working with the course materials at their convenience within the framework of the course syllabus. However, the courses are not self-paced; classes begin and end on the same schedule as regular campus classes. Depending on the instructor there are also regular assignments and exams are due on specific days.
Most e-Learning courses require access to computers and internet
connections. Students at North Seattle also have the option of
coming to campus to use the
two computer labs that are available. Students must have a
NetID to use these labs.
Public libraries may also offer computers but may restrict user time or block required server access to virtual classroom sites. Students need to contact their library for more information about computer use.
North Seattle e-Learning offers many different ways of learning.
At North we offer these Modes of Study.
If you are interested in the flexibility and convenience an e-Learning class class can offer please explore out sample classes. The e-Learning sample classes will allow you to get a feel for how e-Learning classes are structured and the course material is delivered to students.
If your course uses Canvas there several resources that will help you get familiar with this courseware that is used by online, hybrid and on campus web enhanced courses. Please click here for these resources located outside of Canvas and once you have a Canvas account you will find an orientation class located within Canvas. You can access this class from your Canvas Home page.
How hard are e-Learning courses? The classes are not easy. They are
rigorous and require discipline. Most distance learning courses have
more readings and assignments than on-campus classes to assure that
the student will cover the same material as an equivalent on-campus
class. To assess how you might "take" to distance learning,
here to take a "self-test". Virtual College also
offers a short survey that you can take online to further access
The Orientation for Online Students page may also answer some more of your questions regarding fully online classes.