Students may take courses from NCBC via distance education in any of three different formats. All distance Education courses taken for credit must be completed within the same 12-week length of time as any regular class, although the student may begin at any time.
The student must engage with the instructor in a substantive and regular manner through the Learning Management System found at www.coursesites.com offered by the Blackboard company. You will be given a username and must select a password in order exchange your assignments and messages with the instructor.
The methods for instruction for distance education are either online or through the use of DVD or CD recordings of the classroom instruction and interaction. The advantage of these formats is that the student has the flexibility to access, pause, and repeat until full understanding is acquired. Likewise, the student can apportion their own time to determine how much of a presentation they choose to access for each learning event or assignment. This pedagogical approach differs from the regular classroom environment, yet has the advantage of being at the student’s discretion. The time duration of this distance learning course is the same as that of the regular classroom, twelve weeks from start to finish.
Format #1 Online
Only five classes are currently available in this format. They are: Life of Christ 1, Life of Christ 2, Genesis, Acts, and Romans. All delivery of the classroom presentations will be done online through the same website given above.
Format #2 and #3 CD or DVD
All NCBC courses are available in these formats. The discs are mailed to the student, along with the course notebook and any textbooks after full payment is received.
Interaction with Faculty
A key part of any successful course is the student’s ability to interact with the instructor and the instructor’s ability to have ongoing dialogue to provide for assessment of the student’s progress and quality of work. Therefore, using the Blackboard Learning Management System, the instructor will engage the student not less than twice weekly, once at the instructor’s initiative and again in response to the student’s submission of their assigned work. These engagements shall be scheduled and repeated so that the student has a ‘presence in the classroom’ similar to that of regularly enrolled students
The online format is convenient and adaptable to a busy work and family schedule. For students who enjoy studying independently, this program allows you to engage in class lectures at any time through a laptop or desktop computer. The course note outlines are provided in electronic format, or a printed version can also be purchased for $25.
- Students pursuing a BA or AA degree are required to purchase and use the Accordance Software suite of materials and use these resources in the completion of their course assignments.
- It is required for the applicant/student to inform NCBC if they have a disability of any kind that requires assistive technology to access web-based information.
The tuition per course is $420. New student will also pay the one-time $35 Registration fee.