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?
8. What constitutes "participation" in online classes?
9. How do I turn in written 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.