Online Learning is a “learn by doing” method of acquiring knowledge. Rather than sitting in a classroom and listening, you will be at your computer reading, participating in online discussions and chats, and researching the Bevevino Library’s electronic databases. Online learning is active learning!
Online courses are challenging and exciting. It will be important to stay on schedule and complete your assignments on time. Online learning is for adults who are crunched for time and have a strong desire to continue their education. Students can participate in classes from anywhere in the world provided they have a computer and Internet connection.
Two forms of online learning are available: Web-Enhanced courses and Online courses.
Web-Enhanced Courses offer a “brick and click” approach to attending college. These courses will combine face-to-face and virtual participation for the students. Two or three of the class meetings will be held “on-ground” while the rest will take place in "cyberspace.” The advantage to this approach is that it allows adults to become acquainted with online learning before committing to an online course.
Online Courses offer a virtual approach. Students can attend classes at any time from anywhere, in seven or fifteen week formats. Students take control of their own learning experience. It also allows students more time to respond with much more depth and forethought than in a traditional face-to-face discussion where participants must analyze comments of others on the spot and formulate a response, or otherwise lose the chance to contribute to the discussion. Misericordia believes in the development of the online learning options and has pledged to make it possible to complete an entire degree online.
Here are some key points for you to consider before you take an online course: Set goals for yourself— what do you expect from taking an online course? Plan to connect your life experiences with your education and course work. Your class work will be both individual and group based. Constructive feedback from instructors and classmates is a vital component to online learning. A moderate amount of computer literacy is expected.
About Your Computer
Microsoft Office is the supported productivity software at Misericordia University. You should have Adobe Acrobat Reader loaded on your computer. Internet Explorer, Netscape, and FireFox are the supported web browsers with which your online courses will work well. Keep your web browser updated. You should scan your computer for viruses on a weekly basis. Just as important is keeping your computer clean from spyware. If you have questions about your computer and the technology used at Misericordia University, please call the Student Help Desk at (570) 674-8087.