Shared Distance Learning (SDL)

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What is Shared Distance Learning (SDL)?

Shared Distance Learning (SDL) courses are TNCC courses offered in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). These courses allow students to earn TNCC credit while taking an online course with a NVCC instructor, as well as use the TNCC testing centers to take proctored tests. All Shared Distance Learning (SDL) courses have a section number that begins with the letters DN. Each course will have the following statement in the notes area: “This section is a Distance Learning course taught by Northern Virginia Community College using Blackboard via the Internet. Class begins (date). Proctored testing is required.”

As an SDL student, you will have access to all the services provided by Northern Virginia Community College in addition to the resources available to all students at Thomas Nelson Community College.

  • myTNCC (Blackboard, Student Information System (SIS),  Student Email)
  • Test proctoring on-campus or approved remote location
  • All NOVA student services and TNCC student services
  • Help Desk via TNCC and NVCC
  • Online Orientations via TNCC  and NVCC
  • SDL Online Orientation hosted by the SDL Liaison at TNCC

What will I need to take a Shared Distance Learning (SDL) course?

SDL (Shared Distance Learning) courses are online courses that can be taken anywhere you have internet access.  Courses utilize Blackboard, the VCCS online learning management system, to view course content.  All courses will be available in Blackboard the first day the class starts. Students taking these courses should receive a letter from Northern Virginia Community College after registering for the course. Students will be invited to participate in an online orientation before the first day of class. Details will be emailed to the student’s email account. TNCC has an on-campus orientation for all new students each semester. For more information, please visit our website at TNCC Distance Learning.

For TNCC technical requirements see TNCC online orientation.

Students are required to use their student email ( account when communicating with faculty and staff at TNCC and NVCC.

How do I register for Shared Services courses?

You register for SDL courses the same way you register for TNCC courses. Visit the TNCC webpage for registration information:

How do I pay for Shared Services Courses?

Once you register for your SDL course(s) it will appear in the Student Information System  (SIS) under your course schedule. You can pay for your course online via the Student Information System, on-campus, or at

How do I get my course materials?

Textbooks for SDL courses are available in the TNCC bookstores. You will also have the option of purchasing your course materials at

If you are a financial aid student, you will be able to use award money to purchase materials in the TNCC bookstores. If any financial aid is left over after using funds on tuition and course materials, you will get the amount left in the award amount that was not used when reimbursement checks are issued.

Where can I take proctored tests?

SDL course(s) require proctored testing during the semester. Students can be proctored at any TNCC testing center location or request an off-site proctored location. After you register for the SDL course(s) you will receive the SDL Proctor Form in an email from the SDL Liaison at TNCC, Karen Althoff

For more information on locations and times for the TNCC testing centers, please visit our website at For more information on off-site proctoring, please visit NVCC website at

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Contact Information:

Karen J. Althoff
SDL Liaison
Shared Distance Learning
Phone: (757) 825-2955