Online learning offers students flexibility and an alternative way to take college courses that fit into a demanding schedule. When students take online courses at Wilkes Community College, they can expect to find compelling course content for learning, like-in-kind to a seated course.
Students can complete courses and/or degrees 100% online. Other courses and degrees blend online and face-to-face instructions which many students prefer.
Students receive immersive instruction from instructors using best-in-class tools for teaching and promoting subject mastery. Our faculty complete CORE training to hone their online instructional skills and embrace technologies needed in an online environment. CORE certified instructors have met quality online course standards in both course design and instruction.
Wilkes Community College has several learning technologies that support online learning, stimulates learning, and facilitate collaboration.
Course Content Delivery
Moodle is the primary course content delivery source; students will find all their assignments posted in a user friendly, central location. Students taking an online course will find engaging activities and content as they interact with faculty and classmates. Students and faculty can meet virtually when a face-to-face meeting is not an option. Collaborate offers a virtual classroom solution to power your online learning directly through Moodle.
Our faculty create engaging instructional videos using Echo360, bringing their voice and class content right to your computer screen with on-demand video. Students can flag specific areas of the video and make study notes. Students can create their videos for presentations or project presentations using Echo360’s software or mobile app.
Interactive and Productive
Office 365 is Wilkes Community College’s engine of communication. Students can download the full Office 365 suite or use the online apps for Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. Students have OneDrive for cloud storage and Outlook for college email.
Teams is a communication and productivity hub for Office365. Students can collaborate and interact with Team’s social-feed style communication. Teams do it all, including video conferencing and file collaboration.
Students can access their WCC resources from the WCC Prowler Student Portal page. Students will find important information and dates and should check the page often.
Sometimes resources don’t play as nice as we would like. When it seems like disaster strikes, students can reach out to Prowler Help for assistance getting their resources back on track. Prowler Help and instructors are supported by the college’s IT department.
To provide post-secondary instruction through distance learning courses to students who reside in states other than North Carolina, WCC must meet a state’s requirements to legally offer those courses in that state. If you are located in a state other than North Carolina, contact the registrar office to see if you are exempt from authorization.
Wilkes Community College is working to achieve compliance as established in HEOA 600.9 (c).
If an institution if offering post-secondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a State where it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to State jurisdiction as determined by the State, the institution must meet any State requirements for it to be legally offering post-secondary distance or correspondence education in that State. An institution must be able to document to the Secretary [of Education] the State’s approval upon request. (Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001 and 1002)
Distance learning students who wish to resolve a grievance should follow Wilkes Community College’s Student Grievance Process.
Distance learning students residing outside of North Carolina while attending Wilkes Community College should also follow the Student Grievance Process
The purpose of the Student Grievance Process is to determine equitable solutions to problems that might arise and to deal with these problems in a fair and just manner. This process is open to students and/or employees seeking a resolution for what is perceived to be unfair treatment in student-student or student-faculty/staff interaction.
The grievance process must be initiated within five school days after the aggrieved party becomes aware of the situation. For academic issues with curriculum courses, students are asked to attempt to resolve the matter by first talking with the faculty member involved, then the division dean, and lastly the senior academic officer. For academic issues for continuing education courses, students are asked to attempt to resolve the matter by first talking with the instructor involved, then the senior continuing education officer. For all other issues, students are asked to attempt to resolve the situation with the other party involved and, if unsuccessful, to contact the dean of student services. If the resolution is unsuccessful, the senior student services official should be contacted.
If the grievance cannot be resolved through Wilkes Community College’s Student Grievance Process, you may file a complaint with your state. The Student Grievance Contact Information for Individual States provides phone numbers, emails and/or links to state education agencies. Wilkes Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.