I have heard online classes are easier than face-to-face classes. Is that true?
Not at all. Online classes can often be more demanding than face-to-face classes because you are expected to do more work outside of the virtual classroom. The three to four hours you would normally spend in a room with faculty and other students instead is replaced with assigned readings, message board posts, and other activities that require you to be proactive in scheduling your time and energy. Students who normally succeed in online classes are those with good time management skills and are capable of working independently and self-sufficiently. We do not recommend that part-time students take more than two online classes concurrently.
What do I need in order to access my classes online?
You will need several items in order to access your courses online:
- Either a desktop or a laptop computer, Mac or PC, capable of viewing online videos (such as Adobe© Flash movies) and accessing Adobe© PDF documents
- High-Speed Internet Access
- Mozilla Firefox with the pop-up blocker DISABLED
- Virus Protection, such as Symantec or McAfee
- Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel Students are entitled to a considerable discount on the Office Suite if you do not already own it
- A webcam and microphone for online exam proctoring (if chosen)
- Video/audio recording for certain classes (for example, COM 101 Public Speaking)
- Some courses may require additional software
What is Moodle?
Moodle is the course management system (CMS) used by William Peace University for all its online and blended courses. All of your online and/or hybrid courses will be accessible through a single login to the Moodle system. To login here, click here.
How will I submit my assignments?
You will submit all of your assignments through Moodle. If you have difficulties submitting an assignment, please contact your instructor.
How will I take my exams?
All online courses, unless otherwise noted, require two proctored exams or activities. Any students who fails both proctored exams/activities will receive an automatic failing grade in the course, regardless of any other grades received. Students are responsible for making arrangements to have exams proctored. For more information on proctoring options and guidelines, click here.
Do I need to be good with computers in order to take an online class?
No, however you do need to be comfortable using one. Here are some questions to ask yourself as to whether you have the technical skills to take an online course. If you answer “No” to any of these questions, you may want to reconsider an online course.
- Do you know how to connect to the internet using a web browser?
- Are you comfortable navigating the web, such as using search engines?
- Are you comfortable using email, including sending and receiving attachments?
- Are you comfortable using Microsoft Word?
- (For certain classes) Are you comfortable using Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint?
- Do you know how to open, save and edit basic files?
What other skills might I need for an online class?
Online courses generally require a lot more reading and writing than a traditional face-to-face class. Whereas in a classroom you would normally verbalize a comment or question, online all questions and comments are written and shared with either the professor or the rest of the class. As such, you should be comfortable with your writing skills and with putting your writing out there so that your other classmates can read it (such as with a blog or message board post).
What campus resources are available to online students?
Virtually all campus resources that are available to traditional students are also available to our online students. The library makes available numerous online databases so that you can access journal articles remotely. The bookstore will assist you with purchasing any of your course textbooks. Of course, your instructor is also available to answer any questions you may have, although please understand that it may take some faculty 24-48 hours to respond to an email.
How much time will an online class take?
That will partially depend on the particular class, but on average, you should expect to spend around 10-15 hours per week on an individual 3-credit course. This includes all the readings, posts and assignments for a given course as well as being actively engaged in the discussions on the message boards. You should expect to log into the course daily, or at least 4-5 times per week.