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Frequently asked questions about Extended Learning

What is Extended Learning?
What is Desire2Learn?
What technical resources are needed for online learning?
How do I get technical help if needed?
How do online courses compare with on-campus courses?
Why choose online learning?
Will online learning eliminate personal interactions?
How can I access campus services?
What courses are available online?

What is Extended Learning?

Extended Learning allows you to complete your degree outside of the traditional on-campus classroom so you can avoid commutes and rigid schedules.  Courses are taught online using Desire2Learn software or via interactive television.

What is Desire2Learn?

Desire2Learn is an interactive software program that allows who to use your computer to receive and submit assignments, work in groups, explore advanced learning options and interact with your instructors and other distance learners.  You receive access to the Desire2Learn software when you register for your Extended Learning courses.

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What technical resources are needed for online learning?

eLearning Support provides information on technical requirements.

How do I get technical help if needed?

You’ll find the support you need from the Student Help Desk, which responds to questions via e-mail, the phone or in person from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday. 

Contact:

Student Help Desk
Memorial, Room 12
(218) 755-4207(218) 755-4207
Toll-free:  (888) 240-4759(888) 240-4759
Fax: (218) 755-4604

How do online courses compare with on-campus courses?

Academic excellence is always our priority.  Our online programs offer the same standards of excellence in faculty and curriculum as you find in the traditional classroom. 

Required credits are also consistent between programs offered on campus and through Extended Learning.  This allows you to start as a traditional student and later become a distance learner or vice versa.  Assigned projects, reading and other requirements are often identical to requirements for traditional programs.  In addition, our online undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited and transfer to other institutions in the same way as traditional courses.

Why choose online learning?

Convenience, flexibility and accessibility are often the reasons cited by students who choose online learning.

Convenience:  The need to commute is minimal or non-existent.

Flexibility:  A self-paced schedule with 24/7 access to online instruction, chat rooms and other Internet resources allows students to balance their academics with work, family and other commitments.

Accessibility:   Log on to online instruction from your computer at home, work or wherever you have Internet access.  Your classroom can be wherever you want it to be.

Will online learning include personal interactions?

Personal interaction is part of our commitment to you.  Our faculty members have open-door policies and will consult with you via e-mail, phone, online chat rooms or a face-to-face meeting.  You choose the level of interaction that works best for you.

You also have opportunities to interact with other students via online forums and sometimes in other venues such as an off-campus classroom.  Most of our online learners live and work in the Midwest, although it’s possible to login from around the world. 

How can I access campus services?

Many campus services can be accessed online or in person.  Services include online tutoring, technical support, electronic portfolio services, access to the Writing Resource Center and services for students with disabilities.  In addition, you have access to a wide variety of online library material, including home delivery services for some library materials.
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What courses are available online?

Find online courses at class schedules.

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