Online Learning Works
are the advantages of taking an on-line course?
obvious advantage of taking an on-line course is that it allows
you fit learning into your already busy lifestyle. In the middle
of the night or in the middle of your child's baseball game; in
your bathrobe or in formal evening attire, you can "attend"
or "attend to" your online course anytime and anywhere.
This flexible scheduling is what prompts many individuals to enroll
in their first on-line course.
How can I tell if I am the type of student who will be a successful
Successful online learners are generally self-motivated individuals
who learn well by reading, enjoy writing, are able to manage time
effectively, and work well independently. In addition, they should
have a comfort level with the technology required to participate
in the course they are taking and should have satisfied any content
if online learning is right for you? Take our online self-assessment
to find out.
What technological skills will I need to participate in an online
To participate in most online courses, you need to be able to create,
send, and receive e-mail and e-mail attachments. You also need to
be familiar with using a web browser, such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari. Some advanced courses in the MA in
Educational Technology program have additional technical requirements.
Please check the prerequisites before enrolling.
equipment and /or software will I need to participate?
find the list of hardware and software requirements for participation
in an online course at: http://newlearning.njcu.edu/dl/requirements.
How can I
brush up on my technical skills before beginning my on-line course?
NJCU provides every registered NJCU online learner with access to
the CyberPrimer - a self-paced, online tutorial designed to prepare
you for your first online course experience. Here, you will learn
basic information about e-mail and netiquette, how to use Web browsers,
how to perform more effective searches on the Web and other important
can I purchase my textbook for my on-line course?
your online course requires a textbook, you may purchase it at the
New Jersey City University Campus Bookstore located on the first
floor of the Gilligan Student Union Building on the NJCU Campus.
You may purchase
textbooks from the NJCU Bookstore. For details, please visit the
NJCU Book store website at at http://njcu.bncollege.com
or call (201) 200-3503.
may also wish to browse major online bookstores such as Amazon
& Noble for textbooks and recommended course readings.
How will I communicate with my instructor and classmates?
There are many ways to communicate in an online course. Some of the
most prevalent communication methods utilized by faculty include course messages,
discussion and chat. The extent to which each of these methods is
used is determined by the instructor. The instructor may correspond
individually with a student via the course messages tool to comment on student work
and/or to answer questions. Course messages may also be sent to the entire class
to post instructions for completing assignments, or the instructor
may post a question or comment for student response. Similarly, students
have the ability to either send a course message to the entire class, to their instructor only,
or to individual students in the class.
like a cork board, the discussion forum provides a place for faculty
to tack up questions for student discussion. In on-line learning,
this is frequently called asynchronous (or not-at-the-same-time)
communication. One message follows the other in chronological order,
and individuals can respond not only to the original posting, but
also to comments made by other students. This is called a threaded
provides an opportunity for faculty and students to communicate
with one another in synchronous (or at-the-same-time) discussions.
Faculty may schedule formal chats with their students to cover specific
content and/or to solicit the participation of invited guests which
may include renowned experts in their fields. Students may also
use on-line chat to form study groups or to gather informally with
do I turn in my assignments?
Your instructor will provide you with
instructions for how to submit assignments since procedures vary
from class to class. Many classes utilize electronic submission
of assignments which may include submitting work via e-mail, e-mail
attachments or uploading files to a server. Other instructors may
require that assignments be submitted via fax or snail mail or some
combination of the aforementioned methods.
the course content the same as in a traditional course?
course content in our online courses is the same as in traditional
courses. Online learning is not easier than learning in the traditional
face-to-face format. In fact, many students report it requires more
time and commitment.
Can I earn
my degree on-line at NJCU?
NJCU currently offers one degree program that can be completed online:
may be possible for you to take a great number of your required
courses on-line, we have no other programs at the university offered
solely through participation in online courses.
I apply for Financial Aid?
graduate students and undergraduates who are enrolled or who have
been accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward
a degree in an eligible program may apply for Financial Aid. Applications
may be obtained from the NJCU Financial Aid Office. Non-matriculated
graduate students and non-classified undergraduate students are
not eligible to apply for financial aid or loans.
can be found in the Financial Aid section of Getting