Frequently Asked Questions
What computer skills do I need to successful complete online coursework?
Can you do the following?
- Find your way around websites with ease.
- Remember your username and password.
- Create new web accounts (specifically, non-KU related websites).
- Create text documents, attaching them to emails or uploading them to websites.
- View PDFs, watch videos, listen to mp3s.
- Chat online.
- Participate in discussion boards.
Are online classes easier than face-to-face courses?
Unfortunately, this is a myth. The Center for Online and Distance Learning strives to uphold online education and hybrid courses to KU quality. These are often just as rigorous (if not more) than your face-to-face courses as they require an even stricter adherence to regular, personal study time in order to learn the material.
The key to a successful experience is discipline. Set deadlines and designate time every day to work (or brush up) on your studies. You will have the greatest chance at success if you are able to set aside two to three hours of study time per credit hour, per week. For one three-credit-hour course, you should be spending around six to hours a week on your coursework.
How can I connect with my instructor?
Instructor contact information is posted on course websites. Email instructors as often as it takes to work through issues, and take advantage of their office hours (physical or virtual).
Will I be able to interact with other students in an online course?
Just because you’re taking online courses does not mean you’re in it alone. Many courses incorporate discussion boards, wiki areas, and chat rooms to encourage student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction.
Research shows students pursuing online education may actually interact more with their classmates and instructor than they would in a face-to-face lecture. Communication is vital in the online learning experience.
Can I work at my own pace?
Self-motivation is key when taking an online course. Your instructor expects you to do the readings and homework assignments each week so you will stay on track throughout the semester. This will prepare you for midcourse and final exams. Pay close attention to the assignment and exam due dates your instructor posts in the syllabus.
How long does it take to complete an online course?
Online course schedules follow the semester calendar, varying from four to eight or sixteen weeks long.
What if I need special accommodations?
The Academic Achievement and Access Center provides services for students with disabilities.
Do online courses cost less?
Online courses at KU cost the same as regular face-to-face classes. Tuition depends on your residency and degree-seeking status. Along with standard campus fees, additional fees may apply, depending on which school (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, etc.) offers the online course. For more information, please visit the KU Registrar.
How do I order an official KU transcript?
The Registrar’s Office issues official transcripts.
What are the technology requirements for Blackboard?
Refer to the requirements listed here.