Online and Distance Learning

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Students often have busy schedules, and our online and distance learning program is designed to help students get the flexibility they need to go to college without sacrificing quality. North Arkansas College offers the delivery of these courses in four different formats — Online, Live Online, Hybrid, and Site-to-Site.

Online: Course delivery is entirely through the internet. A student is not expected to attend classes on campus.

Live Online: Classes meet online in a virtual classroom on specific dates and times. Assignments are done outside of the classroom.

Hybrid: Any course combination of face to face and internet delivery of coursework where the students on site attendance is required.

Site-to-Site: Synchronous course delivered from one Northark campus to another satellite campus or partner site.

For online and distance courses, the student is expected to have access to a computer with the system requirements below. Online and distance learning courses are consistent with the standard for courses offered through face-to-face instruction, although some or all of course content and faculty-student interaction occurs through one or more forms of delivery.

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Questions about online classes?

Contact us at 870-391-3505 or email


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Online Degree Programs and Certificates

Degree Programs

Associate of Arts
Associate of Science Business
Associate of General Studies


Biomedical Electronics Technology
General Studies
Insurance and Risk Management
Logistics and Supply Chain
Office Management
Small Business Management

Associate of Applied Science

Insurance and Risk Management
Logistics and Supply Chain
Medical Laboratory Technology
Office Management

Computer System Requirements for Online and Distance Learning

PC: Windows 8 or higherMac: Mac OSX or 10.6+Notes
ProcessorAMD or Intel dual-core 1GHz

Intel Core Series

(at least 1GHz clock speed required, 3GHz recommended)
Tablets and Chromebooks are *NOT* recommended for CIS courses.
Storage64GB SSD120GB SSD or 500GB Hard Drive
Screen Resolution1366x7681366x768
Built in or Remote Web Cam


(available for purchase in the College Store)


(available for purchase in the College Store)
NetworkWiFi CapableWiFi Capable
Internet512kbpsMinimum 512kbpsSatellite connections are *NOT* recommended
Office SuiteOffice 365/2019 is available free to students2016/Office 365 is available free to students for downloadMicrosoft Access is *NOT* available for Mac OS
Screen ReaderJAWS or NVDAVoiceOver


Skills Requirements

Computer Literacy

You need to have a basic knowledge of computer and Internet skills in order to be successful in an online course. Here are some of the skills you will need:

  • Knowledge of terminology, such as browser, ISP, application, etc.
  • Understanding of basic computer hardware and software; ability to perform computer operations, such as:
    • Using keyboard and mouse
    • Managing files and folders: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
    • Software installation, security and virus protection                
    • Using software applications, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, email clients
    • Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking, saving files in different formats
    • Sending and downloading attachments
  • Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using various search engines and library databases.
  • Ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers.

Reading and Writing Skills

You need to have strong reading skills and be able to communicate effectively through writing. Most of the material in the online environment will come from textbooks and written lectures. Online students communicate through such text-based tools, as emails, discussion forums, chats and instant messaging.


While online courses can offer more flexibility in scheduling, they require more self-discipline and independence than on-campus courses. Some students may miss face-to-face interaction with an instructor and peers. In the online environment, you have to be able to work on tasks on your own and be self-disciplined in order to follow the class schedule and meet deadlines.

Time Commitment

Online classes take as much time as regular on-campus classes. You need to set aside sufficient time for study. Plan to spend at least as much time working on the assignments and studying as you would with a traditional course. Note that some students report spending even more time for online classes than for traditional ones. Time that you need to devote to a 3-credit course will be approximately 12 hours a week. 

Time Management

Even though you may not have to "be" in class on a specific day and time, you still have to follow the course schedule provided by your instructor. You are still required to "show up" and participate actively.

You need to log in to your courses at least three to four times per week in order to keep up with the content flow, complete assignments, follow discussions and communicate with your classmates and instructor. Some courses may even require you to log in every day. 

Never wait until the last minute to complete your assignments. One of the major reasons for failing online classes is procrastination. Make sure to set aside specific time on a regular basis to participate in your course. Schedule specific times to log in and to study.

Active Learning

Online students must be active learners, self-starters who are not afraid to ask questions when they do not understand. Since your instructor cannot see you, you need to "speak up" right away if you have problems and be as specific as possible. Remember that your instructor is not the only source of information. Most of the time you will be able to post your question in the discussion forum and your classmates will help you as well. If you have technical difficulty, problems understanding course content or difficulty meeting the deadline, contact your instructor immediately.

State Authorization

SARA logoNorth Arkansas College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. To learn more about NC-SARA please visit


If you need to file a grievance, please follow these links below:

Feedback Forum

ADHE Grievance Form

Students who are outside Arkansas should address grievances first to North Arkansas College and then to ADHE.

Academic Grievance Policy

Non-Academic Grievance Policy