Fully admitted students can complete all of their courses online; however, some courses or programs require either face-to-face or proctored exams. If a proctored exam is required, you should coordinate with your professor to ensure satisfactory arrangements like the location are made. Online proctoring may be an option if permitted by the professor. Additionally, some graduation requirements may necessitate coming to campus. We strongly encourage you to read all course syllabi completely, speak to your professors and academic department, and review graduation requirements to keep apprised of any requirements.
Generally online courses are not self-paced. While online courses will offer you the convenience of arranging study times and locations around work and family needs, most professors provide specific dates for completing assignments and taking tests. In addition, some professors require participation in online discussions at specific times. It is important for you to closely read the syllabus for assignment information and deadlines.
No. You will have more flexibility in an online course, but you will be required to learn the same material and meet the same course objectives. You will be required to study most of the material on your own and most communication with the professor will be through email. This means that you may have to wait for an answer to your question. There are challenges to taking an online course, but you can succeed by being self-motivated and responsible. The amount of time you need to spend preparing and reviewing material for an online course depends on your study habits.
Online courses begin on the same day as traditional courses. The Academic Calendar provides information about when classes begin each semester. If you are not able to access one or more of your courses on the first day of class, please contact the following:
Yes! We want you to succeed and there are many places to find help. The Sources of Assistance webpage lists some of the offices that students most frequently contact. You should also work closely with your academic advisor. On the academic advisor page, you can find information on how to identify your academic advisor. Though you are only required to meet with them once a semester to prepare for the next, an academic advisor is an extremely useful resource all year long. For technical issues, please see the Student Technical Support page.
You can receive help on course material from the following sources:
For most courses, you will need to purchase a textbook. Check the course syllabus for specific requirements. Textbooks may be purchased on the APSU Bookstore page for APSU students or the
It is highly recommended that you have DSL/ high speed internet connection. Your computer should meet the minimum requirements as laid out on the minimum requirements page. We do not recommend the use of iPads for accessing your courses.
Course content is delivered through Desire2Learn which is accessible through any web browser. Distance Education staff recommends Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Additionally, in order to complete some assignments, you may need software for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.
This happens occasionally. Try to access the test again. If you are able to continue your test, please do so. If technical difficulties prevent you from completing a test, you should notify your professor immediately. The professor is able to permit you back into a test. Do not wait until after the deadline for taking the test to notify your professor.
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