Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why is there a new computer competency (ICT)
The ICT program is
designed to provide students with necessary technology
literacy for them to succeed in online learning
2. Who will be affected by this
All NPC students wishing to take an online class in the
Fall 2013 semester and beyond.
3. Is this a one-time requirement?
Yes. Once a student meets the requirement, the hold will be
lifted from the registration system, freeing them to enroll
in any NPC online class for which they have fulfilled other
4. Will this slow down the registration process for
Yes—but if students plan ahead and demonstrate your
computer competency before the semester begins, the delay
will be minimal.
5. I have successfully completed online classes
before. Why do I still need to follow this
Having taken online classes before (or having a prior
degree) does not necessarily signal technological
competency. The result of opt-out (competency) test or ICT
095 will be an indicator of your readiness for online
6. What is the opt-out (competency) test?
We'll test for the basics by requiring a single document
that requires several steps to compose. Each of the steps
will test for an ability we want to be already present in a
first-time digital learner, such as taking a screenshot,
logging in to a site that requires credentials, and saving
a document. Sending it in to be graded will take additional
skills, such as facility with email and attachments.
Requirements and rubric for the assignment will be posted
in the open, but how to accomplish them won't be, and help
will not be available from the Support Center or other
college venues at this stage. Go to the Opt-Out Test
7. How long will the opt-out (competency) test
It depends on your digital literacy level. For students who
are technologically literate, this could be as little as 15
8. Who will grade my opt-out (competency)
Two experienced NPC faculty members will review and grade
9. When will I know whether I pass the test or
You’ll be notified within 72 hours upon submission of your
test file to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you pass the test, your name
and student ID will be forwarded to the Registration staff
and any ICT-based barrier to your registration for online
classes at NPC should be lifted very soon.
10. What if I didn’t pass the test?
If you didn’t receive a passing grade, you may want to
consider satisfying this requirement by taking the ICT 095
class before registering for online classes.
11. Will the content of the test change over
It is likely that we will update the test over time as
technology evolves and the context of online learning
12. What is ICT 095?
ICT 095 is a half-credit hybrid course consisting of four
hours of face-to-face contact and four hours of online
work. Students will be walked through the skills necessary
to complete the test document using the platform of their
13. Is ICT 095 free?
ICT 095 is tuition-free for students wishing to take NPC
14. What are the benefits of taking ICT
- prepare yourself for online learning
- brush up on computer skills
- receive a certificate of completion as a proof of online
15. Where can I find the ICT 095 class
Multiple sections of ICT 095 will be offered throughout the
year and around the college district. Contact ICT@npc.edu.
16. How do I sign up for an ICT 095 class?
Email ICT@npc.edu to request an ICT 095 training. Tell us
what campus or center is easiest for you to get to so that
we can schedule a session for you there.
17. Why some online courses are exempt from this
requirement? Will there be other exemptions?
Exemption decision is driven by principles/policies that
flow from what the ICT program is trying to accomplish. The
current exclusion of POS 221 and 222 was based on the
consideration of keeping the pilot to a manageable scale,
and this decision is subject to review.