Distance Learning

Northwest Indian College has a robust distance learning program that offers an variety of flexible options for earning credits towards a degree. Whether you’re working full-time or part-time, have family or other obligations, there is a path for you. You can view which classes are being offered by distance learning modalities each quarter by consulting the quarterly class schedule.

Telecourses and Videoconferencing

Northwest Indian College uses multiple modalities to provide access for students to face-to-face classes throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The College uses the Canvas learning management system to allow students at our seven extended campus sites as well as anywhere with a high-speed internet connection to participate in face-to-face classes through the internet. We are also a part of the Washington State K-20 Interactive TV Network, which provides face-to-face content between our seven full-service educational sites, located on reservation sites in Washington and Idaho. These sites all have large, vibrant video monitors and videoconferencing capabilities which allow students to engage with classmates and faculty at the following locations:

  • Lummi
  • Tulalip
  • Muckleshoot
  • Nez Perce
  • Port Gamble S’Kallam
  • Swinomish

Online Learning

Another option for study is to take courses completely online. Northwest Indian College offers fully online courses that allow you to interact with classmates at other sites and beyond. You can learn from and about each other, while engaging with faculty who may be hundreds of miles away.

NWIC utilizes the Canvas learning management system for its online classes. These classes can either be taken entirely online, or as supplemental content to a standard classroom class (depending on the class). In general, students with a computer, web browser, and a connection to the Internet can take online courses.

Contact the E-learning Coordinator, Spencer Ellsworth, for assistance at (360) 255-4299,

Registered students who have their course access information (username and password) may proceed to the Canvas login page.

Independent Learning

Northwest Indian College also offers some courses through an independent learning modality. You can connect with your instructor, complete your assignments on your own time and gain credit towards your degree.

Northwest Indian College recognizes that not all students can attend regularly scheduled classes on campus or at one of our sites. The Independent Learning program was created for such students to work toward degrees and certificates by studying individually under the direction of an instructor.

Independent Learning courses are self-paced learning units. Some Independent Learning classes are primarily based on written materials while others also include weekly phone conferences and video resources. Students communicate with instructors by phone, fax or e-mail.

Advisors are available to help students select appropriate classes and assist in the process of creating a successful independent learning experience. Students who have access to the campus or instructional sites are encouraged to combine regular classes, online, or videoconferencing classes with Independent Learning classes. At extended campus sites, students may complete significant parts of degree by taking independent learning classes.

Please contact the Independent Learning Services 360-392-4340 for additional information.