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Frequently Asked Questions for Online Programs


Common Expectations for Online Courses

While online classes vary from instructor to instructor, there are some general commonalities. Students will complete readings and assignments each week offering checkpoints for feedback and guidance. Students become familiar with the course content by studying the readings, videos, lectures and visual aids. Students then share ideas using a variety of collaboration tools, including discussion forums and blogs.


How do online courses work?

Peers often offer thoughtful feedback that enhances learning. Students may spend the second half of the week crafting a reflective journal, analyzing a case study, or applying theories and concepts to themselves or their organization. Students can expect to be reading, writing, and collaborating most weeks via Blackboard tools.

What is a synchronous session? How many will I have?

Live synchronous sessions are usually held through Blackboard collaborate or another video-based conferencing platform. This format of teaching allows online students to interact with instructor and peers in real time. This method improves students' sense of community, social presence, and increases engagement. If you will have any synchronous sessions will vary from course to course and will be announced in the syllabus at the beginning of each class.

Am I going to learn the same information in an online course?

Every course contains rigorous learning outcomes. We challenge students to engage with the materials through reflection, collaboration and practical application, and expect they will walk away from an online degree with the same level of knowledge and growth experienced by our traditional on-ground students.

What should I prepare for my online course?

Be prepared to manage your time and to have deadlines throughout the week. Assignments will be due on a variety of days/times. Students should plan to log into blackboard frequently throughout the week.

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