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Welcome

You have chosen to enroll in a distance learning course. Each year distance learning courses serve the educational needs of hundreds of IVCC students. This guide will help you in discovering how to be successful in your pursuits. We also want to introduce the people and resources that are available at IVCC and throughout the district.

 

What is a distance learning course?

Distance learning courses provide busy people the opportunity to fit education into their lives. Most distance learning course students report convenience as the top reason they selected a distance learning course. For people who hold full or part-time jobs or have family obligations, flexible learning alternatives are often the only way to accomplish educational goals.

Distance learning courses meet the same academic standards as traditional, face-to-face courses. They are neither easier nor more difficult. They are different. They are taught by IVCC instructors or instructors from other Illinois community colleges.  They employ materials created by the instructor, textbook publishers, or professional educational video producers such as PBS, Coast Learning Systems, Dallas Telelearning, and Intelecom. These courses may also include a variety of web-based communication technologies to meet the learning objectives.

Distance learning courses meet the same academic standards as traditional, face-to-face courses. They are neither easier nor more difficult. They are different.

Your course materials will include some combination of

  • Textbook
  • Web Resources
  • Instructor Web site
  • Virtual meetings (chat)
  • Internet assignments
  • Online Discussion boards
  • Projects
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Study Guide
  • DVD's/Videos
  • Technology Tutorials

Refer to your course syllabus for specific information about your course. Also see the  Tech Check  section further explanation of technologies.