Online Learning FAQs

The Online Experience 

The best part of online education is its accessibility. Anywhere that you have access to the Internet, you have access to your classroom, your classmates and your professor. With Champlain's Angel (online course software), you don't have to do a lot of downloading of previous discussions; you can catch up quickly to where you were last. It's easy to travel when you're taking an online Champlain graduate course: Just download your assignments to your laptop, and work while you're in the airport or in the air. Because what you need is so easily accessible, an online education helps you balance family and work responsibilities - and you'll still have time to go to class.

A Network That Goes Beyond the Classroom

Online education makes your classroom as big as the world. Students from across the country and around the globe are enrolled in Champlain's graduate programs. You'll be interacting in your threaded discussions with people from different cultures, and getting exposed to new ideas and different perspectives that make the online learning environment immensely rich and rewarding. Your studies — and your particular outlook on the world — will be richer as a result.

Online FAQs

What is Online Basic Training?

We strongly encourage all first-time online students to participate in the Online Basic Training course-available once you register for your first class. This course allows you to become familiar with navigating the online classroom before your course actually begins.

How do I access courses?

When you register, you will be asked to request a username and password so that you'll be able to log in to your course. We've made Champlain's online learning environment asynchronous, to allow more flexibility with your schedule and because your classmates are often in different time zones, which makes it otherwise impossible for everyone to attend class at the same time.

How do students communicate with each other?

You will communicate with your instructors and classmates in a discussion forum and via e-mail. The discussion forum provides a place for communication that appears as threaded discussion, a chronological listing of your classmates' comments. It is easy to navigate, and all content remains available for the entire semester in case you need to review it. There is also an e-mail function built into the system so that you may communicate privately with your instructor or classmates.

How do I get my lectures and assignments?

Once enrolled in your course, you will do the same things you would expect to do in a campus-based course. Your lectures and assignments will be posted in a Course Content forum and remain there for the entire semester. You can either read them on the screen or print them out for future reference.

How do I hand in assignments and take exams?

Assignments and exams are administered in several ways. In some courses the instructor will post questions in the Course Content forum and you will be required to answer them in a word-processing format and return them to the instructor as an attachment to a private e-mail message. Other courses utilize the testing software that is built into the online course delivery system.

Are there any special requirements for attendance, or can I work at my own pace?

Each instructor will have his or her own requirements for how much and how often you need to log in. These requirements will be stated in the course syllabus you will receive the first day of classes. You will be expected to adhere to the due dates for assignments and exams that the instructor sets forth. For the most part there is no requirement for what time of day-or even what day-you need to log in; however, on occasion instructors may require you to be available at a predetermined time.

Is a lot of writing involved in online courses?

Yes. You have to do a lot of reading and writing because that is how you will communicate with your instructor and classmates. Some classes, by nature of the subject, will require more reading and writing than others. The online environment is a great way to strengthen these important communication skills.

Who is best suited to study online?

Distance education is a terrific opportunity for self-motivated students who feel that they can communicate effectively through reading and writing. Students should be willing to dedicate 13-14 hours per week to attending class online and to completing course assignments. It is also helpful for students to have some basic computer skills, including knowledge of word processing.

What kind of equipment will I need?

You will need a computer that has access to the Internet. For more specific information about hardware and software, please click here.

How big are the classes?

We limit enrollment to 15 students in master's degree courses. This ensures a manageable level of interaction between the instructor and your classmates.

Are you accredited?

Champlain College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). For information regarding accreditation of specific graduate programs visit the MSMIIT accreditation page, or the MBA accreditation page. Visit the NEASC Web page.

Will my transcript or degree show that I've taken courses online?

Credits earned via an online course are no different from credits earned in the classroom. Transcripts and degrees will indicate that you earned your education at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, but will not state that the courses were completed online.

Whom can I contact with additional questions about taking online classes?

Please use the Information Request Form for additional assistance.