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Welcome to WSC Online!

WSC currently offers 4 fully online programs as well as a variety of general education courses online. Online courses follow the same semester schedule as your on-campus courses. 
Is Online Education Right for Me?
Online learning is not the same as on-campus learning. If you are interested in taking classes online ask yourself the following questions to see if online learning is good fit for you.
  1. Are you tech-savvy? Are you comfortable using a variety of electronic media and technologies?
  2. Do you have access to a quality computer and reliable internet connection?
  3. Do you have good time management and organizational skills? Online classes have due dates, often weekly ones such you have to be organized and stay on top of work. Procrastinators are not successful in online courses.
  4. Do you have strong reading skills? Online education requires more reading and attention to detail as there is not a live instructor to reiterate directions and materials being learned.
  5. Do you have time set aside each week for classes? Since you are not attending a “live” class you need to set time aside each week to learn class materials and complete assignments.
Getting Started
Blackboard is the Learning Management System (LMS) used by WSC and is what students use to access online courses through WSC. 

1. You WILL NOT see the courses in which you are registered in Blackboard until the first day of class. 
2. It can take 24-48 hours from registration in Campus Connection for a WSC Blackboard account to be created, and up to 24 hours for classes added or dropped after the first day of class to be updated in Blackboard.  
3. DO NOT USE Microsoft Internet Explorer. It is NO Longer supported for use with Blackboard. Please use Chrome or Firefox.
4. If you have never taken an online course through WSC please check out the Blackboard 101 training course below to prepare you for your online experience.


Logging In


New User/First Time Login
  • Your Username and Password are the same as your Campus Connection username and password.
  • Please make sure you are using the correct login credentials.
  • Access Blackboard here.
Using correct information but still having problems?
  • Login credentials are case sensitive.
  • Cookies must be enabled for you to log in successfully.
  • Contact Campus Support at 701.774.4590
Blackboard Help

Blackboard has a wonderful website full of helpful information for both students and instructors. Please visit the following website to access this great resource. 

Technology Requirements

It is important your computer has the following requirements in order to access your online classes.

Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows 8, 10
  • Mac OS X
  • Chrome Books or tablets are not recommended

Recommended Internet Browsers


  • Some classes may require a webcam/microphone


  • Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365
  • (Students can download Office 365 from their student email)

Proctored Exams

Some online courses require students to have their exams proctored by an approved proctor or proctoring services. This will be noted in the Class note sections of Campus Connection and can be viewed by potential students prior to enrolling in courses. This will also be stated in the course syllabus. The WSC Learning Commons proctors for WSC online students at no cost by appointment. 

Click here for additional information regarding proctoring in the Learning Commons. Other outside proctors, including ProctorU may charge a fee to proctor exams, these fees may vary. Any cost associated with test proctoring is the responsibility of the student.


State Authorization

Students Outside of North Dakota Interested in Online Programs from WSC state and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. WSC is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

All states in blue fall under this agreement. If you have questions regarding anything on this page please contact Katie Peterson at 701.774.4594.


Online Programs
Online Learning is a method of study that utilizes the Internet to deliver course content and communication with the instructor. Online courses are often taught inside a Learning Management System (LMS) and employ various internet-based technologies.

WSC has selected Blackboard as its LMS. Blackboard offers many tools for use in the virtual classroom. WSC also has other web-based technologies available to students and instructors including; web conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate, instant messaging with Blackboard IM, video capture with YuJa, and many more technologies that are readily available. This allows WSC to offer a variety of online programs at the Associates level to students.

WSC currently offers the following Certificates, AAS and AA/AS programs online. For more information regarding each program please click the programs link below.
  • Link to AA Page
  • Link to AS Page
  • Link to Business Management Page
  • Link to SLPP Page
Support and Resources
WSC provides a wide variety of resources and support services for online students. Please utilize the links below to access some of these services.

Online and IVN Support

For Online Courses support please use the below contact information for assistance. If the question is related to the content or assignments of a course please contact your instructor.

For IVN support please contact Ryan Avery or Katie Peterson using the contact information listed below.

Extended Learning Department

Stevens Hall, Learning Commons

Ryan Avery | Learning Management Specialist
Stevens Hall, 200D
p. 701.774.4590

Katie Peterson | Director for Extended Learning
Stevens Hall, 200E
p. 701.774.4594

Student Grievances

WSC is committed to providing a high-quality educational experience, fully supported by a range of academic and administrative services. It is our intention to meet the students' educational goals through a positive and rigorous academic experience. In an instance where the student has a concern, it may be voiced through the normal administrative procedures which include meeting with his or her academic adviser, faculty member, or the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Student Services. If the student decides to pursue a formal grievance they can do so following the guidelines found in the Student Code of Conduct.
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