Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never taken an online course. How does it work?

Our online courses are developed and offered completely in an asynchronous format using a learning management system called Canvas. This asynchronous format means that you can enjoy the flexibility of accessing your courses seven days a week, 24 hours a day, including holidays. Your online courses will have assignment due dates and exams just like face-to-face courses.

How do online courses compare to face-to-face courses?

Both types of courses have dedicated instructors who are experts in their fields and model Christ-centered excellence in their courses. Through discussion forums, email, and other forms of communication, online instructors teach, mentor, advise, and interact with you as they would in a classroom on campus. Online classroom discussions happen in asynchronous forums instead of in a live classroom. You’ll have assignments in both types of courses and submit your completed work online. If you have an exam in an online course, you will take it online.

How do I participate in online classes?

Fully online courses feature several methods for interacting with your instructors and classmates. Depending on the course, those methods can include asynchronous discussion forums, blogs, multimedia presentations, video conferencing, email, and group projects.

How can I know if online courses are right for me?

If you are comfortable working independently, have good organizational skills, and are self-motivated, you may find online learning to be a rewarding and satisfying experience.

How much time do online courses take?

Online learning is not easier than learning in a face-to-face classroom. Both types of courses pass through our rigorous academic governance process. For online and face-to-face courses, a standard rule of thumb is 3 hours of homework time for every hour of class time; therefore, for a three-credit course, plan on spending at least nine hours per week on homework. The difference with online is that, instead of spending time commuting to campus for in-person classes at specific times, you can allocate time to your schoolwork whenever you like.

Do I need special equipment or software to be an online student?

You will need access to a computer with an internet connection. The course platform is Canvas, and it operates within your browser such as Chrome or Firefox. Some courses require additional software.

Do I need special technical skills to access online courses?

We recommend that students have a strong comfort level using the computer and navigating the internet. Common skills when taking an online course include using email, attaching files, and downloading files from the internet.

What type of support is available for online learners?

View our wide range of support services for online learners.