FAQ – eLearning

Who are online classes for?
Online courses were developed to increase access to Northwest courses by adults and other students who cannot attend campus-based classes because of work, family responsibilities or distance from campus.

How much does it cost to take an online class?
The cost of taking online classes is the same rate as for the traditional classroom. Financial Aid is available for online courses.

Can anyone enroll for online classes?
Students who are current or former Northwest students can enroll in an online course after consulting with their adviser. Students new to Northwest must first apply for admission to the college. Registration for online courses is conducted at the same time as campus-based courses.

How are online classes conducted?
Online classes are conducted using an educational platform called Canvas. When a student logs in to Canvas, a link to each online course that he/she is enrolled in will be visible at the top of the page. The link takes the student to his/her virtual classroom. There, the student can read class announcements, check for homework assignments, view the course syllabus and communicate with the instructor and other students through a variety of tools such as e-mail, Canvas Instant Messaging, discussion boards, wikis or blogs.

What do I need to take an online class?
The following hardware are the minimum specifications required to work Canvas: PC or Macintosh with Windows XP or later; or Mac OSX or later and 1 GB of free disk space recommended; Internet connection with 56 K modem or higher or broadband.

What are the time requirements for online classes?
Online classroom participation, reading assignments, research projects, homework, presentations and various reports, the typical student will usually devote around 8 hours per online course per week for both online and distance learning. For students taking distance courses for the summer, this figure will need to be adjusted to 10-12 hours per week per course due to the compressed nature of the summer courses.

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