Are online education courses the same as "independent or directed study"?
No! This is interactive instruction online. Students are required to participate and be "present" in class, though not necessarily at the same time as other students. A student indicates his or her "presence" in the virtual classroom through messages and discussion forums organized by the instructor.
Please remember that classes "meet" on a weekly basis. This means that students must participate each and every week to receive the full benefits from these interactive, online courses. Students expected to actively engage in online discussions on a regular basis. If you do not participate, you are considered as "absent" from class.
Do the students and instructor ever meet face to face?
Online courses are taught entirely online through Blackboard. There are no face to face meetings between students and instructors.
What technical requirements are required to participate in an online course?
Students who register for an online course must already possess demonstrated computer skills. They must have internet proficiency and access to the necessary computer hardware and software to participate in the class. For more information, please see Online Education Technical Requirements.
What degrees can I earn online through Drury University?
How many online courses can I take per semester?
Two courses per semester is the recommended course load, although students with experience in online education classes may take more than two courses. For first time online students, only one course is recommended.
Where do I find out what courses are being offered online for the coming semester?
What about purchasing textbooks for my course?
Where can I register for online education courses?
The process is different for first-time and continuing online education students. For more information, please see How to Register for Online Education Courses.
How much does it cost to take an online education course?
See Online Education Financial Affairs for more information.
It sounds good, but is it right for me?
Online courses require self-discipline and organization. You must set aside adequate time to plan ahead for success in online classes. Evaluate yourself by answering the questions found at Self-Assessment: Is online education for me?
If you have further questions, please contact the Online Education Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (417) 873-7727.