Randolph Community College offers distance education courses as an option and convenience to students. Self-motivated students who require flexible scheduling or are unable to travel to and from campus often discover that distance education courses are a good choice. Distance education courses may be offered in hybrid, online, and videoconferencing formats.
Registration & Fees:
Courses offered through distance education represent many areas in both Curriculum and Continuing Education. Registration for distance education courses is the same as for all other College courses. Once enrolled at RCC, students pay regular tuition and fees, have access to all student services, study under the College's rules and regulations, and receive full academic credit.
Course requirements are comparable to traditional courses in content, assignments, and examinations. Each course has an assigned instructor from the appropriate department and adjunct instructors teaching distance education courses are assigned a full-time instructor as a liaison. Courses require that students meet deadlines for assignments, examinations, and other coursework just as in traditional courses. Online courses carry the same number of credit hours as the equivalent courses offered through traditional methods. Likewise, students can expect to spend the same amount of time in an online class as its traditional counterpart. Courses offered through distance education do require textbook purchase. The primary difference between a distance education course and an on-campus course is the mode of delivery.
Technical Requirements & Knowledge:
Students considering distance education courses should have adequate computer skills prior to enrolling in a distance education course. A basic understanding of the computer should be coupled with keyboarding skills and skills in using the Internet, downloading and installing software, sending and receiving email, and locating and attaching files. Equally important is student access to a computer with necessary hardware, software, and a reliable Internet connection. Many courses contain audio and video files that require access to high-speed Internet in order to listen to or view the files. All distance education students must have ongoing access to the needed tools whether at home, at the library, at work, or on campus.
Technical assistance is available in a variety of methods including online, email, phone, and in person. Drop-in assistance is available during regular business hours at the Distance Education department offices. Other online resources are available on the college website at http://www.randolph.edu/distance-learning-home.html.
Student Wireless Internet Access
RCC wireless Internet is available to currently enrolled Curriculum students on the Asheboro Campus and at the Archdale Center. Basic Skills/Adult High School students will need to bring a copy of your printed schedule and photo ID to the Help Desk in Computer Technology Center for access.
To access the student wireless Internet, connect to the ARMADILLO_AIR network, open your browser, and log in using your MyRCC Login ID and your eight-digit birthdate (MMDDYYYY) as the password.