If you're curious about online learning, our video series may answer many of your questions:
About Online Learning
We currently offer two kinds of online learning. Our standard online courses are self-paced, which means that you don’t need to be online at specific times. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we also now offer formerly in-person courses via an online-supported environment. Online-supported courses generally follow the specific class schedule that was originally planned.
Our online-supported courses are delivered in real time and involve participation during scheduled class times. You’ll participate in live virtual sessions with your instructor and classmates, and depending on the course, you may also engage in readings, in-class exercises, case studies, individual and group assignments, and other learning activities. Full-day sessions will include built-in time for offline activities and regular breaks. After you register for a course, you’ll receive an email specifying how you will access your online sessions. Most of our courses use Blackboard Collaborate, an interactive videoconference platform within Canvas, while some use Zoom Meetings videoconferencing services.
Standard online courses
Our fully online courses are delivered through Canvas, our online learning management system. You do not need to be online at specific times and can complete your coursework on your own schedule, within the timelines set by the course.
We’ve designed the curriculum to meet the scheduling needs of working professionals. You’ll interact with your instructor and classmates by posting to online discussions and using other communication tools within Canvas. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an internet connection.
When do I need to be online?
Occasionally your instructor may schedule a special guest speaker or an interactive presentation at a specific date and time. There may also be optional instructor office-hour chats held on a regular basis. Otherwise, you will set your own coursework hours, following posted assignment and discussion deadlines.
You do not have to be online at specific times, but you will need to be online regularly. You should prepare to devote between six and 10 hours per week to each course and plan to access the course at least once every two days to keep up with your work.
If it's self-paced, can I finish sooner?
It may be possible to work ahead at times, but our courses are not designed to be completed earlier than the specified end date. Each course consists of modules that you work through in a set order. While some courses allow access to all modules on the course start date, you may need to participate in an activity or work on an exercise during certain set weeks. This will restrict your ability to finish the course before the scheduled end date.
What about classroom interaction?
Studying online doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on interaction with others. You will work through our online courses with peers from different geographical and professional backgrounds who share their experiences, ideas and expertise. Through online forums, you'll have the chance to ask questions and discuss what you learn with your instructor and other students. You can also contact your classmates and instructors individually using the message features on Canvas.