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Online classes break time zone barriers and offer convenience and flexibility to students. Online learning allows students to interact from locations around the world, bringing a level of diversity not often experienced in a traditional classroom setting. Online learning does, however, require different skill sets than those most students use in face-to-face college level coursework. Some students can find themselves unprepared for the expectations of the online classroom.
There are many points to consider when deciding if online learning is a format that fits your personal learning style and needs. The resources below will help you understand the online learning environment, determine if it will meet your needs, and should you choose to move forward with online classes, help you prepare for online learning.
Use these resources to learn more about online learning expectations, learning skills, and technical requirements:
Online courses are delivered using CMU's instructional delivery tool,
Blackboard, which is available 24/7. Students access lectures, submit assignments, take quizzes, and communicate with their instructors and other students through Blackboard. Textbooks are ordered through
Most online classes are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning you log into class at a time that is convenient for you. That does not mean, however, that frequent and consistent access to the online class is not required, in fact, we strongly encourage it. Online classes may also meet online at scheduled times for chat sessions; this will be determined by the instructor in each course. Refer to the course syllabus for any scheduled live meeting times.
All online classes follow the Eastern Standard Time zone (EST) for defining the
start and end of a week within the online term, any synchronous meeting times,
drop and withdrawal deadline times and assignment and exam submission times.
Some online undergraduate courses may require students to take exams in a proctored setting. Refer to the course syllabus or click here to determine if your online undergraduate course requires a proctor to administer your exams.
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