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ACADEMICS | Course requirements & online expectations


1. What are course requirements?

All of Baker University’s online courses meet the same academic requirements as our on-ground courses. When you sign up for an online program, you experience the same course objectives, assignments,and learning outcomes as you would in a traditional classroom.

2. What will online classes be like?

At Baker University, online courses are all asynchronous, meaning that they do not meet at a predetermined time. Online classes meet for weeklong modules, and you will “go to class” by logging into Moodle, Baker University’s learning management system. Through Moodle, you receive all class assignments, including reading, research and multimedia, and you take part in class discussions through online discussion boards. With Internet access, you can log in and join your classmates.

3. How are online classes different from on-ground classes?

Many students find that online courses require a good degree of self-motivation. In addition to self-motivation, success in an online course requires frequent visits to the course and active participation in the class. In on-ground classes, you meet your classmates and instructor face-to-face, but in online classes you get to know them through their postings. Although most of your learning time on ground occurs in a physical classroom, you will find that online courses generate self-directed learning.

4. What can I expect in an asynchronous class?

An asynchronous class allows you to access course materials at any time during the weekly modules, take part in discussions with your instructor and participate in threaded discussions with your peers. Potentially, you will be assigned readings, case studies, discussions topics, research assignment and projects, all of which you will complete in a fully online setting. Even your presentations will be done online.

5. When do Baker University's School of Professional and Graduate Studies online courses meet?

You can log in to your asynchronous classes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To successfully complete the course, you will need to log in multiple times each week.

6. What are the qualifications of instructors?

All Baker University SPGS faculty hold a master’s degree, and some hold a doctorate in their teaching discipline. Coursework, lectures, facilitation and active-learning strategies are presented by experienced faculty members who have first-hand knowledge of the workplace. Class discussions focus on applications of learning that relate to your career and life. Our faculty bring valuable real-world experience to the class.

7. Is there an attendance policy for online classes?

Students are expected to participate actively in and contribute to the learning experience in an online course. Attendance in an online course is defined as a learner who logs into the learning management system and completes at least two significant activities in the course during the class session. A significant activity may include submitting a forum post, an assignment, an assessment, or other contribution that advances the learning process for a student/other students in the course. A class session is a seven-day timeframe of instructional time, typically Monday 12 a.m. – Sunday 11:59 p.m. Students must meet the minimum attendance requirements to stay active in the class. If this attendance requirement is not met, the student will be required to repeat the course.

8. What constitutes "participation" in online classes?

Students are expected to participate actively in and contribute to the learning experience in the course. Participation means providing substantive comments, questions and contributions that advance the learning process for you and/or other learners in the course. Participation may include responding to questions and issues posed by other learners. Nonsubstantive comments, nongermane comments and comments of the nature of “I agree” or “I disagree” (unless the latter two are elaborated upon to make them substantive) do not count toward meeting the participation requirement.

9. How do I turn in written assignments?

Students can submit written assignments through Moodle. Instructors have the discretion to grant other options for submitting assignments. Options for submitting a written assignment to your instructor include submitting the assignment through an assignment link or posting the assignment to a discussion board. Your instructor and instructions within your Moodle course will provide more information on how you should turn in your assignments.

10. Where can I go for help with writing assignments?

When you write a paper, you can find everything you need to research your projects and class work through the Collins Library. You can use the Baker University Collins Library to access a vast selection of books, and periodicals, as well as online databases, journals and other online services.

Assistance with academic writing is available online.

If you would like one-on-one help or have a grammar or MLA style question, you can request help through the student portal.

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