Online Courses

What is an Online Course?

Azusa Pacific’s online courses combine the content and quality of traditional, face-to-face classes with the convenience and flexibility of an online format. APU faculty who teach online courses also teach in our on-campus programs. Students can participate in discussions and complete assignments when and where it works best for them. The dynamic online learning environment also promotes high levels of interaction with the professor and with other students in the program.

Is an Online Course for Me?

Online courses are ideal for students whose work schedules make it difficult to be on a campus during traditional school hours. Those who live far from campus also find online learning beneficial. Because online classes have weekly requirements and deadlines, students must be motivated to learn and have self-discipline.

Where Do I Start?

Step 1—Enroll

Enroll for your online course through the Registrar’s Office. When you register, you must supply a valid email address.

Step 2—Tech Check

To make sure your computer can access your online course, visit our system requirements page for the current technical requirements for online classes and browser test.

Note: Your online course is built in a system called Sakai. Sakai works best with Google Chrome and Firefox browsers. The most recent version of Internet Explorer (IE) is also suitable, however, you will not be able to view live media or video with IE.

Step 3—Log In

Please note that you will not be able to log in until the first day of the term. There are two options for logging in:

Option 1

  • Go to
  • Enter your APU Net ID and password.
  • Scroll down to the Quicklinks menu on the welcome page.
  • Click on the Sakai link at the bottom of the Quicklinks menu.

Option 2

  • Go to and click on “Log In.”
  • Enter your APU Net ID and password to log in to your Sakai account.

Step 4—Access Your Course

  1. My Workspace
    After logging in, you will arrive at Sakai Home: My Workspace. This is the launching point to your courses and a variety of data.
  2. Find Your Course
    From the “My Workspace” page you can navigate to your online courses by clicking the “My Sites” tab in the upper-right corner. Select your desired course from the dropdown menu.
  3. Left Sidebar
    Items listed in the left sidebar vary depending on the course. Click the different links to explore their functions.
  4. Quicklinks
    The red bar at the top of your Workspace lists up to four courses for quick reference. You may change the list by clicking the pink “Edit” button on the right side of the Quicklinks bar.
  5. Personalize
    You may personalize the look, content, and function of your Workspace through the “Preferences” tool in the left sidebar.


If you have questions about using the Sakai environment, ask your instructor first. If your instructor is unable to assist you, or if you have technical problems, please contact the IMT Support Desk. The Support Desk is available 24/7 for assistance at or by calling (626) 815-5050.