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Business Online

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Business Online
           

 

Business Online
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Frequently Asked Questions


Overview/General FAQs

What is an online course like?

How is an online course different than an independent study?

What hardware and software will I need?

How does the rigor of an online course differ from a classroom course?

Is online learning easier than classroom learning?

Is online learning for me?

I’d like to know more. Can you send me some information?

What is asynchronous learning?

What is an online course like?
A typical online course involves students in a variety of activities while learning course content. By using Web teaching tools, students meet course requirements by participating in a variety of activities, including reading assignments, conducting online research, taking tests, participating in class discussions with other students, preparing papers and other course assignments, all while working online. Visit a sample course for more information.

How is an online course different than an independent study?
Business Online courses start on the first day and end on the last day of the semester. In between, you will have regularly scheduled activities, assignments, and exams. In a Business Online course, you can expect lots of interaction with your instructor and other students as you engage with the course content.

An independent study, by contrast, may or may not have fixed start and end dates. You will probably set your own deadlines withing a broad time frame for getting your work done. While you can expect to interact with your instructor as you learn your course content, you can expect little or no interaction with other students in the independent study.

What hardware and software will I need?
The following is an overview of minimum hardware and software requirements:

Microsoft Windows
  • Windows 2000, ME, NT, XP (or higher)
  • 128MB RAM (256MB or greater recommended)
  • 60MB of available hard drive space to install browsers and plug-ins
  • 56k modem (broadband DSL or cable-modem strongly recommended)
  • Sound Card and Speakers or Headphones
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher OR
  • Mozilla.Org Mozilla 1.3 or higher OR
  • Netscape 7.0 or higher
    (note: on Microsoft Windows, you can usually determine the version number by going to the HELP menu and choosing ABOUT.)
Macintosh OS
  • MacOS 9 or OS X (or higher)
  • 128MB RAM (256MB or greater recommended)
  • 60MB of available hard drive space to install browsers and plug-ins
  • 56k modem (broadband DSL or cable-modem strongly recommended)
  • Sound Card and Speakers or Headphones
  • Mozilla.Org Mozilla 1.3 or higher OR
  • Netscape 7.0 or higher
    (note: on Macintosh OS, you can usually determine the version number by going to the menus, to the name of the application (i.e. SAFARI), and then clicking ABOUT)
Software

Most instructors require MicroSoft Word. Students are urged to research the computer requirements before registering for any online course.

Browser requirements

You need Internet access, preferably broadband and a web browser. See the table below for supported browsers.

Browser Win32 Mac OS X Linux (Red Hat 9.0)
IE 6.x
X
IE 5.x
X
Netscape 4.7*
X
X
Netscape 6.x
X
X
Netscape 7.x
X
X
Mozilla 1.3 - 1.x
X
X
X**

Note: The above mentioned products and or services retain their trademarks and copyrights where applicable.

* Unsupported as of D2L v8.0.

**Full support as of D2L v7.4.

For a complete list of technology requirements for distance education on the Internet visit Technology Support pages.

How does the rigor of an online course differ from a classroom course?
Online courses have the same rigor, content, and outcomes as the classroom courses, but are designed with the distance learner in mind. The faculty members who teach the online courses are the same instructors teaching in the classrooms. Training provides the necessary online course skills and ensures that instructors know how online learning compares to classroom learning.

Is online learning easier than classroom learning?
No, in fact, some students find that online learning is more difficult due to a greater need for independent learning. Students who have trouble managing their time effectively may have a hard time succeeding in online courses. Click here to link to advice and self-assessment for online learner readiness.

Because we think the online orientation is so important, we will place a hold on your registration until you have successfully completed the orientation worksheet or quiz. Don’t worry, though. If you get a question wrong on the worksheet, you will be guided to the specific bit of knowledge you need to answer that question correctly the next time. We want you to get every answer correct because that means you know the essentials of being a successful Business Online student.

Is online learning for me?
Online learning will work well for you if it matches your skills and learning. To check your readiness for online learning, take an Online Learning Assessment. You can get more information on this subject at MnOnline.

I’d like to know more. Can you send me some information?

As a completely online program, Business Online maintains all of its information online as well. Besides being faster to update, Web pages cost a lot less than glossy brochures and other print materials. Within the Business Online Web site, we provide information about almost anything you would want to know.

If you are having trouble finding the information you want, we even provide a convenient online approach to asking questions. Ask a question about Business Online form asks you for some educational background, and then lets you pose your question. Business Online staff will respond to your questions, generally within two business days. You can also contact us at business.online@metrostate.edu or at our toll-free number 1-888-225-3770.

What is asynchronous learning?
Asynchronous in the online course means "different times, different places." Entering your course Web site at your convenience and from your location, you access course content and participate in discussions that reinforce your mastery of course concepts.

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