Online and Blended Learning in Criminal Justice
New England Tech's approach to online learning reflects our heritage as a college for hands-on, fully-engaged learning. You'll focus on the most critical skills and deep knowledge that our profession demands, and learn through practical exercises, case studies, and activities. You’ll be learning as part of a connected community that provides support, broadens your thinking, and reminds you that you’re not alone.
Some of your Criminal Justice courses will be fully online. Others will be blended - a mix of on-campus and online activities.
Online courses at New England Tech are crafted by a faculty-led team of criminal justice, learning, and technology experts to be interesting, relevant and engaging. They are not self-paced courses – you’ll have coursework to do every week and you'll be interacting with fellow students and faculty throughout. There are real people "behind the screen", including your faculty, library specialists, tech support, advisors, and instructional designers, who are present and there to help at every turn.
The course calendar, assignments, readings, conversations and collaborations are all clearly laid out, so you can always know what's expected, how to do it, and when it's due.
New England Tech Online courses offer convenience and flexibility, and are designed to take advantage of the strengths that the online format offers. A typical online course won't take less time than you'd spent attending an on-campus course and doing out-of-class work. But you'll spend that time differently: briefing cases, conducting research, developing arguments and debating issues with your colleagues, analyzing current events, and engaging in other activities that will enhance your skills and extend your abilities.
Blended (also called hybrid) courses combine the convenience of online course delivery with occasional in-class meetings, usually 2 to 5 meetings during a ten-week course. The in-class sessions are often necessary for hands-on work, lab experiences, debriefings, and other activities that require a face-to-face setting.
Blended courses also offer valuable opportunities for building community, networking, and getting face-time with your instructors.
You don't have to be a techie to be successful with online courses at New England Tech. You’ll need basic familiarity with your computer – emailing, using the Web, downloading and attaching documents, etc. No special equipment is required - just a modern Windows or Mac computer with a broadband internet connection. Some courses may require a webcam and microphone, and a basic "Office Suite" program (Microsoft Office or equivalent).
New England Tech online courses are designed to help acclimate you to the technology, and build your skills and your confidence as you go. We provide 24x7 support via phone, email or chat to help you with computer or online system issues. And of course, you can always drop in at our East Greenwich campus for face-to-face support.
The Support You Need to be Successful
Online students at New England Tech enjoy full access to the same outstanding services offered to our on-campus students.
- Student Support Services are available to help you with any aspect of your New England Tech experience, whether it's academic advice, arranging special accommodations, or any other problem that affects your ability to be successful in school.
- Academic Skills Center is ready to support your academic success with study skills coaching, one-on-one or group tutoring, or enrichment courses to help improve your academic performance.
- The Library has a wide variety of resources, including a searchable online catalog and many electronic reference sources, including indexes, abstracts, full-text periodicals, newspapers, maps, encyclopedias, and the Internet.
Career Assistance for Students and Alumni
Career Services can help you prepare a resume, practice interviewing skills, or anything else related to the job search. What's more, as a New England Tech graduate, you'll have lifelong access to the Career Services assistance.
* Top Online College: U.S. News & World Report (January 8, 2018)
Only school in Rhode Island that ranked in the Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
For more information on the Best Online Program rankings and methodologies, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/bachelors-methodology.