Distance Learning FAQs

How do I know if Distance Learning is right for me?

Find out if Distance Learning is a “good fit” for you by taking the Is Distance Learning Right For You quiz.

Where do I go for more information on the TNCC Distance Learning programs?

For more information about distance learning at TNCC, please contact The Office of Distance Learning at 757-825-2955.

Where can I find course descriptions and requirements?

The course descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the class schedule (select Distance Learning from the drop-down -Campus- menu).

What are the costs of Distance Learning courses?

Distance Learning tuition fees are the same as those for on-campus courses. There are no additional fees or charges associated with distance learning courses.

How can I register for Distance Learning Courses?

Registration procedures for Distance Learning courses are the same as procedures for on-campus courses. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 757-825-2800.

How can I get my textbooks?

You may purchase your textbooks at the College bookstore or from an online book seller.

When does class start?

An online course starts the same date as other scheduled courses.

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate participation in each online class by contacting the professor. The student should complete the Online DL-Orientation, then find Username and Set Password at MyTNCC, and finally log in to Blackboard, go to their course site.

What kind of computer equipment do I need?

In order to participate in a fully online or hybrid (blended) course at Thomas Nelson, students must have reliable access to a computer with Internet access (even though you can access the Internet with a dial-up modem is not recommended).

Will I need to come to the TNCC campus?

Occasionally, you may also need to take proctored exams in the Thomas Nelson Make-up and Distance Learning Testing Center or in another approved proctored testing site. See your course syllabus.

How do I communicate with my instructor?

There are many methods of communication available, depending on the course you are taking. Most instructors encourage communication via Discussion Boards, virtual office hours through virtual chat, e-mail and phone.

What if I don’t have Internet at home?

Online students must be proficient users of the World Wide Web and e-mail and must provide their own reliable, regular access to the Internet (they may use the Technology Learning Center).

I can’t log into Blackboard. What do I do?

First, contact your instructor and make sure that you are enrolled in the course. You may also contact the College Help Desk. The helpdesk will also be able to resolve username and/or password problems.

When will I see my courses  in Blackboard?

First day the semester starts.  If you do not see your course you may contact your instructor  or the College Help Desk.