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Learning Options

Courses at NMC are offered in the following formats:

Lecture courses iconLecture courses:

Occur face-to-face in an on-campus environment. Instructors use Moodle for the course syllabus and gradebook or other resources to supplement instruction.


Online courses iconOnline courses:

These asynchronous courses are online. Students are responsible for logging in to Moodle to complete assignments and activities by specific dates. Online courses may also have online proctored testing and/or proctored exams at a licensed testing center.


Hybrid courses iconHybrid courses:

These blend online and/or livestream delivery using Zoom and/or face-to-face. Most course activities are done in Moodle, but there may be some required face-to-face instructional activities such as lectures and labs. Licensed testing center proctored exams may be required. Please refer to the special instructions on the schedule for the class for more information.


Livestream courses iconLivestream courses:

These synchronous courses meet during a regularly scheduled time via a web conferencing tool like Zoom. Moodle is used to distribute materials, submit assignments, track grades, and share feedback. On-campus proctored exams may be required. Please refer to the special instructions on the schedule for the class for more information.

None of the options is easier or less time-consuming than the others, but some students may find a particular delivery method a better “fit” for their learning style.

Generally, online and hybrid classes work well for students who have access to a computer with high-speed internet and are:

  • self-directed.
  • effective time managers.
  • computer-savvy and comfortable working with email, uploading, saving and downloading files, Microsoft Office or Google Docs, and basic internet search functions.
  • willing to problem-solve independently.
  • comfortable reading, writing, and communicating online.

Face-to-face classes are an excellent fit for students who:

  • benefit from engaging with instructors and classmates in person.
  • do not have reliable internet access or are not comfortable navigating online.
  • prefer to have immediate feedback and guidance from instructors.
  • can commit to attending class regularly.

If you’re still not sure which method is right for you, try one of these quizzes or ask your advisor: