Distance Learning FAQs | Thomas Nelson Community College

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 Thomas Nelson's fully-online programs?

Please email ecampus@tncc.edu for more information about fully-online programs offered by Thomas Nelson..

Where can I find course descriptions and requirements?

The course descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the class schedule (select Online from the Instructional Mode drop-down).

What are the costs of Distance Learning courses?

Distance Learning tuition and 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 Office of Enrollment Services 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.

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).

What if I don’t have Internet at home?

Online students can access their courses through any wireless  device that can connect to the internet via wifi. Additionally, online courses can be accessed from public  and college/university libraries. Students can request WiFi Hotspots for semester-long loan through the TNCC library.

Will I need to come to the TNCC campus?

Thomas Nelson strives to provide a fully-online experience for students. For more information on how to access a specific service online, please contact ecampus@tncc.edu.

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.

When does class start?

An online course starts the same date as other scheduled courses. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for session start and end dates.

When will I see my courses in Canvas?

Your courses should be visible in Canvas no later than the first day of classes for the term. Please check SIS to make sure you are registered for the desired course and to check the start date for the course. If you do not see your Canvas course on your dashboard on the first day of classes, please contact canvasinfo@tncc.edu so we can investigate the issue.

I can’t log into Canvas What do I do?

 Contact the Technology Help Desk  so that a ticket can be generated for the Learning Management System Administrator to investigate and track the situation.