Online Course Delivery

Find answers to your questions regarding distance learning course delivery at NCA&TSU.

  1. Q: How are faculty hired to teach distance learning courses?

    A: It is the responsibility of the department to hire faculty, provide compensation for delivery, and process all employment packets.
  2. Q: Does CDL pay faculty to teach distance learning courses?

    A: CDL does not provide financial support for the delivery of distance learning courses for the following reasons:
    • The course(s) may be part of the faculty member’s load.
    • The course(s) may be taught by a chairperson.
    • Funding may not be available in the DL budget to accommodate all distance learning course delivery requests for financial support
  3. Q: How are distance learning courses offered? Who enters the course information in Banner??

    A:  Distance Learning Proposed Course Offering Forms for ALL courses that will be offered through distance learning delivery mode (online or face-to-face through extension programs) must be submit to CDL by the department. ALL courses must be previously developed for online course delivery before submitting to be offered online. The department enters distance learning courses in the Banner System.
  4. Q: What are the minimum and maximum course enrollments?

    A: Minimal enrollment for undergraduate distance learning courses other than support courses offered to students in all degree completion programs is 12 students and 10 students for graduate courses. The maximum course enrollment for distance learning courses is determined by the department.
  5. Q: Who approves increases in maximum enrollment?

    A: The department chairperson or dean can elect to increase the course enrollment. When an increase in the maximum course enrollment is made, chairpersons should inform faculty as soon as possible.
  6. Q: How do I transfer course information in Blackboard?

    A: In order to transfer information to an online course delivery shell on Blackboard, the faculty member copies the materials from an existing shell into the destination shell. If you are teaching an online course for the first time, the chairperson or faculty member must make a transfer request in writing to the eLearning Systems personnel, (Bessie Nkonge – 285-4496, bessien@ncat.edu or Tracie Lewis - 285-4491, tolewis@ncat.edu). The following information is needed:
    • Name of the instructor
    • Source course (last time course was offered or the distance learning delivery shell for first time offering)
    • Destination course information (the shell where the information will be transferred)
  7. Q: How do I archive course materials?

    A: Follow these 3 easy steps:
    • Click Export Course from the Course Utilities page. The Export Course page will appear.
    • Enter the Course ID of the course to be exported. Click Course List to browse a listing of courses for an ID.
    • Destination course information (the shell where the information will be transferred)
  8. Q: How do I have an archived course uploaded to Blackboard?

    A: In order to have archived course information placed in an online course delivery shell on Blackboard, the chairperson or faculty member must make this request in writing to the eLearning Systems personnel, (Bessie Nkonge – 285-4496, bessien@ncat.edu or Tracie Lewis - 285-4491, tolewis@ncat.edu). The following information will be needed:
    • Name of the instructor
    • Disc containing source course information
    • Destination course information (the shell where the information will be transferred
  9. Q: Can on-campus students enroll in distance learning courses?

    A: Yes, students can enroll in both distance learning and on-campus courses during the course of a semester. All DL sections are charged by the hourly rate, so students should consult DL tuition rates before enrolling in DL courses.

  10. Q: How do students register for distance learning courses?

    A: Students may register for online courses by following this procedure.
  11. Q: What is the tuition for distance learning courses?

    A: Please consult our rates by viewing DL tuition and fees.
  12. Q: Is there an attendance policy for distance learning students?

    A: Regular class attendance is expected of all students. If assignments are missed, the decision as to whether the work may be made up will be determined by the professor and student.
  13. Q: Some students enrolled in my distance learning course have never attended, logged on, or submitted assignments. Can I drop these students?

    A: No, it is the student's responsibility to be aware of his/her schedule. You may try to contact the student to get him/her to withdraw from your class. If you are not successful in reaching the student and the student has not withdrawn from the course by the end of the last drop period, you must give the student a failing grade.
  14. Q: How do students withdraw from distance learning courses or the University?

    A: A student who wishes or is asked to leave the University prior to the deadline during the semester shall complete and file official withdrawal forms. These forms may be obtained from the University Counseling and Testing Center located in Murphy Hall, room 108 (Withdrawal from the University) or the Office of the Registrar, 1st floor Dowdy Building (Dropping a course). They should be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

    Distance Learning students who are not in proximity of the University, may send a communication, before the deadline date(s), to the Center for Distance Learning at distance@ncat.edu or 336-334-7081 (Fax), requesting to withdraw from your distance learning course(s) or to be withdrawn from the University. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the deadline dates. Be sure to include:

    Your Full Name
    Banner ID Number
    Distance Learning Course(s)
    Daytime Contact Information
    Last Day of Attendance
    Reason for the Withdrawal

    We will complete your form, secure all required signatures, submit it to the Office of the Registrar, and forward a copy to you. Students who are on-campus or within proximity of the University, should follow the same Withdrawal procedure for withdrawing on-campus courses.
  15. Q: What is the deployment procedure for military students?

    A: As soon as you know that you will be deployed, please immediately fax a copy of your orders to Mrs. Eve Andree at (336) 334-7567 and email the following:
    • your instructor
    • your advisor
    • Mrs. Eve Andree (evea@ncat.edu)
    • In the email include:
      • your full name
      • your Banner ID Number
      • your course name(s) and number(s)

        If you have not received acknowledgement within a week, please notify Mrs. Andree as soon as possible at evea@ncat.edu or (336) 334-7567.
  16. Q: What about textbooks for distance learning courses?

    A: It is the responsibility of the department to provide the Bookstore with proper textbook information for all distance learning courses.
  17. Q: Are course evaluations conducted for distance learning courses?

    A: Yes, the Center for Distance Learning and Institutional Assessment conduct student opinion surveys for all distance learning courses at the end of each term. Reports are disseminated to deans, chairpersons, and faculty.
  18. Q: What support services are available for faculty teaching distance learning courses?

    A: TLT will provide the following for faculty:
    • Blackboard course delivery shell
    • Transferring information to course delivery shell (faculty members who are teaching an online course for the first time, only)
    • Instructional Design Assistance
    • Training (Blackboard and other emerging classroom technologies)