are a Purdue student having trouble scheduling courses
you need, you should explore with your advisor the
possibility of taking an equivalent distance learning
course from other Indiana colleges and universities
in the Indiana College Network. These courses are
available to you through the Continuing Education
Student Learning Center.
Where do I begin?
Talk with you academic advisor about the attached
list of courses for which Purdue has established equivalencies;
those courses are designated as “P” classes.
Once you and your advisor agree that a listed distance
learning course will meet your needs, complete the
attached Purdue-ICN Registration Form and have your
advisor complete a Form 23 authorizing your participation
in the course. Then call Continuing Education at 49-42746
for hours and appointment scheduling. Be sure to bring
both completed forms with you.
How do I register for an ICN course?
In your registration meeting Learning Center staff
will determine if space is available for you in a
distance learning class offered by an ICN institution.
If space is available, they will reserve space in
the course, register you in the appropriate Purdue-equivalent
“P” class, and provide you with pertinent
information about taking the course. Please do not
attempt to register yourself for an ICN course online
without making an appointment with the Learning Center.
How do I know I’m registered?
Within a few days of your appointment, your registration
in the Purdue-equivalent “P” course will
appear in SSINFO. Depending on the course, you will
be given instructions for logging into the course
website or you will be informed that the instructor
will contact you via e-mail. It may be helpful for
you to contact the instructor directly to let him
or her know you have signed up for the course.
What does it cost to take a distance learning
If you are a full-time Purdue student paying full
fees, there is no extra charge for taking an ICN distance
learning course. If you are a part-time Purdue student
paying less than full fees, Purdue will assess their
regular charge per credit hour. By special arrangement,
all participants pay in-state fees for ICN courses.
Please be aware that some courses may assess some
extra charges for technical services or administrative
Will the distance learning course be counted
in my Purdue course load?
Yes. As far as Purdue is concerned, you are enrolled
in a Purdue course with a “P” designation.
Therefore it can be applied toward maintaining a full
load and for financial aid purposes, for good student
insurance, and other Purdue benefits.
How do I turn in homework and take tests?
Distance learning courses may require access the Internet
to email, access online library services, etc. Fax
machines may be used to submit assignments. Exams
are either mailed/faxed/e-mailed to the Learning Center
or offered online (using password security). Both
paper and online exams must be proctored. If you are
on the West Lafayette campus, your exams may be taken
in the Continuing Education Learning Center. If you
are away from the campus, the Learning Center will
work with you to arrange test proctoring in your locale.
What about books and materials?
The ICN campus coordinator at the originating institution
will give you information about purchasing course
texts and materials. For some courses books must be
purchased from the originating institution’s
campus bookstore, but they can be mailed to you. Some
course texts may be purchased from online bookstores.
Your instructor will tell you how to access the course
syllabus and related materials.
Are distance learning classes different from
regular on-campus classes?
When you register for a distance education course,
you should expect equivalent content and opportunity
for learning as students who are able to take the
course on a college or university campus. Distance
education courses are not easy, fast-paced replacements
for regular on-campus classes. In fact, distance education
requires self-motivation and a serious approach to
learning because much of the work is done individually,
without the in-person instructor guidance of traditional
learning environments. However, most instructors are
available to answer your questions by phone, email,
or even by an on-campus orientation meeting or a video
Will I receive a grade for a distance learning
Yes, unless you have selected the Pass/No Pass option.
What if I want to drop a distance learning
Purdue drop and refund policies apply to distance
learning courses. If you need to drop a distance learning
course, obtain a Drop Form from you advisor and bring
it to the Learning Center to be processed. Do not
try to drop a course without working through the Learning
How will I learn in a distance learning course?
You will learn in much the same way you do in a face-to-face
class. You’ll be expected to read a textbook
and other online materials; you’ll complete
assignments and exercises online with interactive
forms; you’ll discuss course content with other
students and the instructor via e-mail and chatrooms;
you’ll have access to your instructor during
virtual office hours.
How do I contact an instructor?
You will be given contact information at your registration
appointment in the Learning Center. This information
is also available on the ICN online search at www.icn.org,
or you can call the ICN Student Services Center at
What is the Indiana College Network?
The Indiana College Network, or ICN, is a gateway
to distance learning opportunities from Indiana's
colleges and universities. ICN provides access to
member institutions' distance education offerings,
ranging from general education to program specific,
including more than 100 certificate and degree programs
and nearly 1,500 courses per year. A rich Web site,
a network of more than 70 Learning Centers, and a
toll-free hotline provide technology access and strong
learner support. Members include Ball State University,
Indiana State University, Independent Colleges of
Indiana, Indiana University, Ivy Tech State College,
Purdue University, University of Southern Indiana,
and Vincennes University. Search the ICN Course Catalog
at www.icn.org to see what's available.