Online bachelor’s degrees have “started hitting the market” in recent years. Many Americans, who for certain circumstances were unable to attend college previously, are now able to receive an online bachelor’s degree. There are many university online programs that are implementing online bachelor degree programs. The types of online bachelor degrees available range from a business degree to general studies. Online bachelor degrees and online courses are usually intended for students who have enough discipline to study without having a professor watch over them.
A student can pursue an online bachelor’s degree from the comfort of his/her home or from the office. This is not meant to say that receiving an online bachelor’s degree is a piece of cake. It is not. A student has to be well disciplined to complete the coursework. An online bachelor’s degree is just as demanding as a bachelor’s degree from a traditional classroom setting. For some students having the flexibility to take their classes within their own time frame is a great benefit, but for others that same flexibility can present a problem.
Online Bachelor’s Degree and Online Course: Basic Information
** Not all of the information will apply to your program
1. What is an online course?
In an online course, you receive your lessons, assignments, and grades on the World Wide Web. You communicate with your instructor using e-mail, and submit your assignments using your Web browser. The course may include interactive activities and virtual field trips that you participate in using the World Wide Web.
2. Can I earn a degree entirely online?
You can earn degrees entirely online. This is depending on the online bachelor degree you register for.
3. What computer hardware and software do I need to take online courses?
You can take online courses using a modern PC or Macintosh computer with Internet access via modem or Ethernet. You must have e-mail. Essential software includes an up-to-date Web browser such as Internet Explorer (version 5 or higher) or Netscape Navigator (version 4.7x or higher), and Microsoft Word for courses with essay-type assignments. Some courses require Microsoft Excel.
Important: Microsoft Works, which is included with the Windows operating system, is not an acceptable word processing program for our courses.
4. What computer skills do I need to have?
You need basic skills in using a keyboard and mouse. You need to be familiar with using your Web browser and Microsoft Word. You need to know how to save and find files on your computer’s directories.
In order to take an online course, you must enable cookies on your Web browser (please see your Web browser’s Help files for specific instructions).
In addition, online courses containing multimedia learning exercises may require you to install such browser plug-ins as Shockwave or Quicktime, which can be downloaded off the Web. Some students who use modified proprietary browsers provided by such services as America Online, or who have certain Child Protection software installed, may have to reset security preferences while working on their courses. Information on our privacy and security policies and on downloading and installing plug-ins is included in the Help files for your online course.
5. What online courses are available?
Online university courses are available in the following subject areas: anthropology, business, classical studies, communication and culture, comparative literature, computer science, criminal justice, economics, English, fine arts, geography, geological sciences, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and sociology and much more.
6. How do I enroll in an online course?
First, you can request information and find out more about the online courses offered at the institution you are interested in. Online bachelor degree programs change from school to school.
7. What course materials are online?
In an online course, as in a pen-and-paper course, you order and receive textbooks, but you do not receive a printed learning guide. In an online course, you access your course learning guide on the World Wide Web. The guide contains all of your lessons, activities, and assignments. In addition, your course may feature online quizzes, as well as links to other online resources.
8. How do I communicate with my instructor?
You communicate with your instructor using e-mail. You will be given your instructor’s e-mail address when you access your course.
9. Do I have to log onto my course at designated times? Do I interact with other students?
Independent study courses are designed to allow you to work at your own time and place, so you do not have to log onto your course at designated times. While you have one-on-one contact with your instructor, you do not interact with other students. Your online course is available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
10. How do I submit lessons?
You submit your lessons using your Web browser (lessons are not submitted using e-mail). Easy-to-follow instructions for submitting assignments are included on every written assignment Web page in your course.
11. How do I take exams?
In online courses, as in pen-and-paper courses, you take your exams on paper under the guidance of an approved proctor. Your exam application form must be filled out online and is provided on your Web course exam page.
**These rules may apply to some online bachelor degree programs, but not to others. Each institution is different.