Northeast State offers a variety of online options to make it easier for students to take classes. The quality of instruction governing credit courses, offered at all campuses or through non-traditional program formats, is maintained at the same level and is equivalent in all academic considerations. Students enrolled in the evening, distance education, and non-traditional programs coordinated by the division of Evening and Distance Education are afforded the same educational and support services as students enrolled in traditional programs.
Verification of Student Identity in Distance Education Policy
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that Northeast State Community College operates in compliance with the provisions of the United States Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315 concerning the verification of student identity in distance learning.
All students at Northeast State, including those enrolling in online and/or other distance learning courses for academic credit, receive a unique login credential for initial access to Desire2Learn (D2L), the College’s secure course management system. Additionally, students enrolling in TN eCampus courses through Northeast State receive a unique login credential for accessing TN eCampus Desire2Learn portal. Data transmission of all Desire2Learn login information is secured using appropriate encryption technology.
Moreover, Northeast State Internet courses feature an added layer of verification in that students meet in person with an instructor periodically throughout the academic term. The College’s Internet faculty continually work with academic deans, the Director of Academic/Instructional Technology, and campus review committees to develop and implement methods to ensure the quality and integrity of Northeast State Internet courses. Some of these approaches include, but are not limited to, such assessment methods/tools as research and writing assignments, quizzes, discussion board participation, and independent and/or group projects.
It should be noted, Northeast State students are not charged additional fees to cover the cost of identity verification and authorization for a Northeast State Internet course or any other Northeast State distance learning course.