Iḷisaġvik College offers distance education courses utilizing both teleconference and MyCampus, an online course management system. Registration for an online course is the same as for other courses in Barrow. Village students wishing to take an online course should visit their teleconference center for assistance with registration. To successfully take an online course from home or from the teleconference center, students must be ready to handle the rigors of the online world. The tools, materials and skills needed to take an online course should not be overlooked. These include:
- A dedicated internet connection at home is essential, unless the student intends to use the teleconference center’s public computers.
- Competency in computer use on either a Windows or MAC platform.
- A working knowledge of file manipulation and management including attaching files, downloading and understanding file extensions.
In Barrow and in the villages, training can be provided on how the MyCampus system works. Village teleconference centers have training videos on the computer workstations; in addition, there is someone at each center who can help students enroll and order textbooks. Teleconference center personnel can also assist with basic computer troubleshooting. Those with limited computer knowledge should consider enrolling in IC3 – Internet Computing Core Certification (IT 117, IT 118, and IT 119) or IT 100 Introduction to Online Learning.
In addition, Iḷisaġvik uses Elluminate, a synchronous web conferencing platform, to deliver instruction. Students participate from their own computer, at their own location, through an internet connection using a headphone. This format requires students and instructor to meet at a predesignated time. Students should be comfortable in a live internet setting and either have permission of the instructor or have taken IT 100 Introduction to Online Learning course. For more information, contact the distance delivery instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 852.1706.