Taking courses online sounds like an exciting alternative to traditional face-to-face classes, however, online classes are not right for everyone. Online classes are very different from traditional classes in terms of the nature of class interaction, the presentation of materials and the overall learning experience. Even if you are an excellent student in traditional classes, you may find online classes not compatible with your learning style. Or, you may find that you don't have the essential computer skills to take courses online.
Online communication can be tricky, but the same Student Code of Conduct applies for online and blended classes as it does for traditionally delivered classes. Please review this code and be aware of University Policy and its administration. Below are some guidelines and suggestions for communicating effectively in an online environment.
- Take the online course seriously.
- Take time to navigate and explore the course website.
- Read the course syllabus carefully.
- Be realistic about the time and energy you have to handle online courses.
- Set realistic goals for yourself and stick to them.
- Fully participate in the discussion!
- Stay in touch with your instructor.
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Q1. How is an online class different from a blended class?
A1. Other than a possible introductory meeting, online classes have no campus meetings. The entire class happens online. Blended classes have scheduled campus meetings over the course of the semester. During weeks when you do not meet in the classroom, you meet online.
Q2. Can I take all the courses toward my degree online?
Online and blended courses at St. Edward's University have the same academic requirements as traditional, classroom-delivered courses, but are often more challenging because of the different learning environment. Students who are good candidates for online or blended classes are self-motivated and good managers of their time. They must also have unrestricted access to computers and software that meet the minimum technical requirements for online learning.
The Registrar's Office Course Schedule pages list all available online and blended courses at St. Edward's University; most are offered through Graduate and New College programs. These courses are indicated in the schedule of all courses by buttons like the ones in the sample interface below:
Click on these buttons to find out more about the instructional method used for these kinds of courses.
Once you have registered for an online or blended course, the following steps will help get you started: