Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why study online?
Online courses give students an opportunity to work at their own pace and on their own time, without having to go to a classroom.
Is online learning for me?
If you are the type of person who likes to work at your own pace and in your own timeframe, and you have good organizational skills, online learning is a good option for you. It is great for people with busy work schedules or family responsibilities, because you decide when and where you do your coursework. But eLearning is not for everyone. It requires a significant number of hours each week, and a high level of self-motivation and self-discipline.
How much time does it take?
Students taking eLearning courses report spending 12 to 15 hours each week working on each course. Some courses may require students to attend an actual classroom one or two times during the quarter. Online learning does not take fewer hours, but you do get to work during the hours that work best for you.
Which courses can I take through eLearning?
Click on the "Courses" link on the left to browse through our eLearning Courses. You will find a listing of all eLearning courses and their descriptions.
How do I know which course is right for me?
If you are unsure what courses to take, or if a particular course is right for you, you can make an appointment with an academic adviser to help answer your questions. They can also give you information about degree completion, admission requirements, and financial aid. If you would like to contact an academic advisor, please visit our Advising Services section. For questions about eLearning you can email eLearning or call toll free 1-800-510-1724.
How much is tuition for an online course?
The typical fee for a 5-credit online course is $ 617.90 for residents. See Tuition and Fee Information for a complete listing of course fees by credits.
How do I submit assignments?
You can send assignments by email, mail, or fax if the instructor has indicated that these methods are acceptable. Your instructor is available by email or voice mail if you have questions and comments.
What computer skills do you need?
Before you take an online course, you should be comfortable with basic computer skills: email, word processing, and Internet use.
What technology do I need?
  • Processor:
    • Windows / Mac: Intel Core i5 minimum, i7 preferred
    • Windows: AMD Ryzen 5 Quad Core Minimum, Ryzen 7 preferred
    • Mac: Apple M1 processer
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM minimum (16 GB preferred)
  • Operating System:
    • Windows 10 or Windows 11
      Be sure that the latest security updates are installed and anti-Virus/Malware software is installed
    • macOS 10.14.1 or newer
  • Internet Connection — DSL or cable
  • Word Processing Application
  • Zoom Online Meeting Application
  • Email Account
  • Any of the following browsers:
    • Chrome (Google)
    • Firefox
    • Edge (Microsoft)
    • Safari (Mac)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Sound card (optional)
Before you enroll, ask yourself these questions:
  • Do I have the computer technology and connection to the Internet?
  • Do I have basic computing skills?
  • Do I have 12 to 15 hours a week to work on each class?
  • Can I motivate myself to go to the virtual classroom five out of every seven days?
  • Am I comfortable with my reading and writing skills?
  • Am I easily frustrated with technology?

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