Our online courses are offered using D2L Brightspace learning environment, enabling online students to receive the same learning experience, as well as the same rigor and academic standard, as face-to-face courses. Like traditional face-to-face courses, no online course is exactly the same. Some incorporate the latest multi-media technology and others rely on more traditional online learning tools. Some courses require high degrees of student interaction, and others are more self-paced.

"Blended/Hybrid" Courses

25% to 75% of instruction is online with regularly scheduled in-person meetings.

"Completely Online - Asynchronous" Courses

100% of instruction is online with no in-person or synchronous meetings and no proctored exams.

"Completely Online - Synchronous" Courses

100% of instruction is online with no in-person meetings and no in-person proctored exams. Course has required synchronous online meetings or activities.

"Mostly Online" Courses

More than 75% of instruction is delivered online with up to two possible in-person meetings and up to four proctored exams, two of which may be administered during the in-person meetings. Proctored exams not included in the in-person meetings may be arranged locally. Courses may have online synchronous components.


HyFlex is a course design model that presents the components of hybrid learning in a flexible course structure that gives students the option of attending sessions in the classroom, participating online, or doing both. Students can change their mode of attendance weekly or by topic, according to need or preference. Models like HyFlex, which present multiple paths through course content, may work well for courses where students arrive with varying levels of expertise or background in the subject matter. Courses built on the HyFlex model help to break down the boundary between the virtual classroom and the physical one. By allowing students access to both platforms, the design encourages discussion threads to move from one platform to the other.

Other Classroom Modes of Instruction

"Classroom Capture" Courses

A class equipped with motion sensor cameras which allow teachers to record their classroom activities, so students may have the option of attending class on campus or virtually through live streaming video. The recorded classes can also be reviewed later on demand.


Telepresence is a form of distance delivery that is being offered as an alternative to online learning. It uses video conferencing technology which provides an "in-person" virtual experience enabling learners to feel or appear as if they are present in a location in which they are not physically located. Telepresence is used at NHCC to help create a more "in person" teaching experience with remote learners and offers face-to-face interactions between the teacher and learners in the classroom through the transmission of life-size, high-definition video and audio. Teachers will be at the originating site regularly.