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Call 662-560-5230 for the eLearning helpdesk. Click Canvas Help above for 24/7 Canvas support.

Rated in the top 50 two-year, public online colleges in the nation by: AccreditedOnlineColleges.org

Our goal with eLearning is to reach all learning styles—visual, auditory and kinesthetic — with our online classes, and this new technology incorporated in our online classes is helping us to achieve that.
Phyllis Johnson.
Dean of eLearning

What is an online class?
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.

What is a mini session?
Mini-sessions were developed for people who wish to take courses over an intensive eight-weeks, instead of a traditional semester. Whether you are trying to expedite your degree plan to graduate early or are trying to retake a course you did poorly in and still stay on track for graduation, this eight-week option might be right for you! Read the article about mini-sessions here.

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 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 for qualifying students.

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/sheis enrolled in will be visible under My Courses. 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, 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, Vista, Windows 7 or 8; or Mac OS X or later and 1 GB of free disk space recommended; Internet Connection with 56 K modem or higher or broadband (recommended).

What are the time requirements for online classes?
To complete online classroom participation, reading assignments, research projects,homework, presentations and various reports, the typical student will usually devote around 10 hours per online course per week. For students taking online courses for the summer, this figure will need to be adjusted to 12 – 15 hours per week per course due to the compressed nature of the summer courses.

Is eLearning right for you?
Click here to complete a short assessment using an online survey. The login is nwcconline and the password is also nwcconline .

How to register for an online class
Step 1. Complete the Application for Admission form here.
Step 2. Look under myNWCC under student records, Degree Plan and get your advisor information and then contact them for your courses. After you have been entered into the Campus Key system, follow step 3.
Step 3. Fill out this Additional Registration Form, save it, and then email it to dlc@northwestms.edu . The form can also be printed out and faxed to 662-560-5232. (If you met with your advisor and completed the form in person, you do not need to do another one.)
Step 4. Access your textbook information on the “Student Profile” link here.
Step 5. Access the online course calendar here.
Step 6. Please view the Online Orientation Video to learn more about the online program and how the Canvas system works here.

If you have any questions about how to enroll in an online course, please contact us at 662-560-5230.