Online Learning FAQs

How is online learning different from on-campus classes?

Online and hybrid courses allow you more flexibility to plan your classes around your work and family schedules.

While your schedules may be more convenient, you still get the benefit of learning from AUM’s highly qualified faculty.

Students register for web courses during the regular registration period, receive the same credit, and study under the same regulations as all other students.

Are online classes easier than traditional classes?

While AUM Online makes it easier to fit classes into your busy schedule, online and hybrid classes require the same or greater time and effort as traditional classes.

These courses have the same learning outcomes and follow the same strict standards for instruction and grading as in traditional campus classes.

What’s the difference between Online and Hybrid Courses?

Online courses do not require students to meet on campus, or meet at a specific date or time.

Hybrid courses are a combination of face-to-face class meetings and online course work. Hybrid courses might meet on campus once a week or just one or two times during the semester.

All AUM Online hybrid and online courses are presented on Blackboard, the most popular online course platform.

AUM Online courses are housed in Blackboard, our learning management system. Just like any college course, you will be given a syllabus with course objectives, assignments, exams, due dates, etc.

At the start of each week you will access your course in Blackboard to find the assigned readings and activities. By the middle of the week you will begin participating in a discussion forum and will finish your responses near the end of the week. Some course have weekly quizzes. Most courses have 2 to 4 exams during the semester. Occasionally, courses may include real-time chat or Collaborate sessions.

Once the course begins, students are expected to access the course frequently to review announcements, discussion posts and course messages. Once the course opens in Blackboard on the first day of class, students have 24/7 access to it.

What equipment and software do I need to take an online class at AUM?

You need have access to or own (highly recommended) a PC with MS Windows 7 or higher or a Mac with OS9 or higher. You must have access to the Internet through a high speed cable or DSL connection. A Wi-Fi connection may be unstable when taking tests, although it is successfully used by students for other course activities.

Courses are run on the Blackboard learning management system which uses Java; you’ll need to make sure your computer has the latest Java update. Mozilla Firefox is the recommended browser; other supported browsers are Safari, Chrome, and IE. Most classes will require assignments created using MS Word. Some classes will require a headset with a microphone. A printer is needed to print various course documents.

How do I know if online learning is right for me?

If you work full time, have a family, want to further your career or are not conveniently located near the AUM campus you could be a candidate for online learning. Online courses allow much more flexibility than a traditional class on campus because the student is able to access the online class at his/her convenience and communicate with the instructor via email.

Online students need to be motivated to complete their degree, have excellent time management skills, be willing to spend 7-10 hours per week per online course, and ideally own their own computer. Take the online readiness assessment to learn more.

Are online courses easier than face-to-face courses?

No. Online classes typically require the same or greater time and effort as traditional classes. These courses have the same learning outcomes and follow the same strict standards for instruction and grading as in traditional campus classes. You may find the online class more engaging and rewarding through the interaction created in online discussions

Do I need to be a computer expert?

No, you do not have to be an expert. You do need to be familiar with your computer and know where to get help if needed. You should be familiar with MS Word.

Can online learners with disabilities be accommodated?

The Center for Disability Services provides a variety of academic support to students with disabilities, such as e-texts, and additional time for assignments or tests. Enrolled students with documented disabilities should register with the CDS prior to the beginning of each semester.

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