Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need installed on my home computer in order to take online classes?
Are online classes "easier" than classes taken in a regular classroom (seated classes)?
How many online classes can I register for per semester?
How are tests administered for online classes?
Do I need to have a proctor for my tests/quizzes?
How does dropping a class affect my student status?
What do I do if I have technical difficulties?
Are there scholarships and financial aid available for online students?
How do I contact my instructor?


Basically, you need to have a word processing program that can save files in an html or webpage format and a computer that can connect to the internet either through a dial-up modem or via cable/dsl access. More complete information is available at http://www.drury.edu/multinl/story.cfm?ID=15021&NLID=279.

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Online classes cover the same material taught in traditional classroom settings. People have different learning styles, and the desired method by which classes are delivered may vary from person to person. Online learning is a self-paced process requiring self discipline perhaps more stringent than taking a regular seated course with structured lecture delivered in a synchronous fashion. However, many students thrive in this flexible format, whereby you "attend class" when it is convenient to your personal schedule. Assignment deadlines are outlined by the instructor, removing ambiguity about class requirements and due dates/times.

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You may register for two classes (up to 7 credit hours) for the first block of classes (A block for the first eight-week session) and for two classes (up to 7 credit hours) for the second block of classes (B block for the second eight-week session) each semester. An online student may also take one full 16-week class, for a total of 15 credit hours per semester.

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There is a test link in Blackboard your instructor will use to conduct tests for your course. You will familiarize yourself with this process.

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All tests are performed online without proctor assignment or a witness being necessary.

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Before classes begin, you can drop your class(es) by calling the Online Education office at 417-873- 7727. There is a drop period during the first two weeks of classes after which you are financially responsible for your classes, online or otherwise.

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You may contact Andy Nelson, Online Technical Support Facilitator, at 417-873-6385 or andynelson@drury.edu if you experience problems with accessing your class.

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Visit the Financial Aid web page at http://www.drury.edu/section/section.cfm?sid=97 for information on how to submit a Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) and how to apply for Drury scholarships.

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Your instructor's email address and telephone number are included on your course syllabus. It is recommended to print your syllabus in case you are unable to access Blackboard for any reason throughout the semester.

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