F.A.Q. - Online Study Logistics


How do I register for a course?
What is the cost?
Who is the current instructor?
Where can I find the course syllabus?
What is the course text?
How will I get my class lectures?
When will I receive my course materials?
What if I have questions?
Are the courses self-paced?

Are the courses synchronous or asynchronous?
How will I get my course assignments?
How do I submit my assignments/written work?
How will I be assessed?
Who will proctor my exams? And how are exams administered?
Do I have to take the exam at a specific time? What if I have to work?
What is the difference between live-taped and pre-taped format classes?
What are the advantages of each class format?
What if a lecture video is late, broken, missing or of poor quality?
How can I access my student information online?

 

How do I register for a course?

Registration is through the CSU Online registration site (RamWeb is only used for on campus registration). You do not need to apply for admission prior to registering for classes, but you should check the Course Descriptions to make sure that you have taken all of the course prerequisites and are aware of the text book(s) and computer software needed for the course. The course prerequisites, by the way, are not merely recommendations! Prerequisites are chosen in such a way as to ensure that the student can reasonably expect to be successful in the course. Due to high demand, registration for our STAA courses is limited to admitted MAS students and people who have been given specific permission to take these courses. (Back to top)

What is the cost?

Current tuition rates are available at the CSU Online website. In addition to tuition, Colorado State University assesses a non-refundable $20 technology fee to help support increasing technological needs, improvements and advancements at the University. The fee is assessed each term to any student taking academic credit courses through Colorado State University. The University bills this fee separately. Students are responsible for the costs of any textbooks and computer software. Most textbook and software information is provided with the Course Descriptions. (Back to top)

Who is the current instructor?

Please check with our online learning office (970-491-5268) for current instructor information. Instructors are also typically listed on the course registration site. (Back to top)

Where can I find the course syllabus?

Your instructor will post the course syllabus on the Canvas course site before the first day of the semester. If you need to see a generic version of the course syllabus before the start of the semester, you can send an e-mail to Dr. Anderson. (Back to top)

What is the course text?

You can find textbook and software information with our Course Descriptions. The text may be purchased through the CSU Bookstore, a local bookstore or through an online bookseller. (Back to top)

How will I get my class lectures?

We use Echo360 to record our course lectures. Lectures are available to students via the course Echo Center in one of three ways: streamed video, downloadable podcast or downloadable vodcast. Students are expected to view a specified number of lectures per week, although they are able to view the lectures at any time that suits their schedule. (Back to top)

When will I receive my course materials?

You will receive a Welcome Letter via e-mail on the Friday before the start of the semester. This message contains vital information regarding your course and is sent to the e-mail address registered with CSU as your primary e-mail account. You can change this information on RamWeb, if you prefer e-mail to be sent to a different account. (Back to top)

What if I have questions?

Each course is assigned a professor and a Course Coordinator/TA. The Course Coordinator and professor are available for questions via discussions (on Blackboard), email, phone or fax. Since Course Coordinators are typically senior PhD students, they can typically answer any question you may have. We post discussion topics for each assignment or subject area, so that students may also discuss concepts with the rest of the class. Most students prefer to ask questions on those discussion boards or by e-mail. However, students are also able to call in with their questions if that is their preference. Students are welcome to visit campus at any time. (Back to top)

Are the courses self-paced?

No. Students are expected to follow a schedule similar to that of the on-campus students. Students complete the course by the end of the registered semester by watching the lecture videos, completing all coursework, and taking the exams. (Back to top)

Are the courses synchronous or asynchronous?

Although our online courses are not self-paced, due to the fact that most of our online students are working professionals (and live in many different time zones), all of our courses are asynchronous. Students may log into their course at anytime that suits their schedule to watch their lecture, though they need to adhere to the weekly schedule indicated in the course website. Discussions are available via RamCT Blackboard, our learning platform, and may be accessed at anytime that is convenient for the student. Chat sessions are available in most courses, but specific meeting times are not required. (Back to top)

How will I get my course assignments?

Your course assignments and other pertinent course information will be posted on the Canvas course site. (Back to top)

How do I submit my assignments/written work?

Written work is submitted via the Canvas course site. You will need access to either a scanner or fax in order to submit your assignments. Your graded assignments are returned to you through this site, as well. Exams are handled a little differently. Proctors will fax or email the exam to the online learning office. Graded exams will be returned to students either via email or the Canvas course site. (Back to top)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from one course to another, but typically consist of a combination of homework assignments and exams, with a few courses requiring quizzes or projects. Your educational experience in the class is intended to be identical to on-campus students: everyone does the same work and must meet the same expectations. Your grades, transcript and degree are indistinguishable from those of on-campus students. (Back to top)

Who will proctor my exams? And how are exams administered?

Proctor agreements are required for many of our classes. Your Welcome Letter will contain information on whether or not you will need a proctor for your course. If you wish, you may begin locating a proctor for your course using these guidelines:

  1. Proctors may be:  college or university testing center representatives, military educators, pastors or ministers, continuing education officers, librarians, certified school principals or guidance counselors.  Supervisors or company HR personnel may be allowed, with additional information required via the proctor form. These individuals must not be related to you.
  2. Proctors may not be:  related to the student in any way; or fellow students, subordinates of the student, co-workers, peers, neighbors, friends, colleagues, school teachers.

    It is your responsibility to select an eligible proctor, schedule exams with your proctor, and abide by all rules for bringing only appropriate materials into the testing area. Mobile or other electronic devices are strictly prohibited. You will need to provide photo identification to your proctor prior to taking any exam. Appropriate identification includes: driver’s license, passport, or other government issued photo identification.

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Do I have to take the exam at a specific time? What if I have to work?

There is typically a specified interval of time (over several days) within which you may take the exam. If evenings or weekends work for both you and your proctor, that is fine. (Back to top)

What is the difference between live-taped and pre-taped format classes?

If the lecture videos for your course are recorded from an on-campus classroom during the same semester you are viewing them, the class is live-taped format. If the lecture videos for your course were recorded in a classroom during a previous semester, the class is pre-taped format. This distinction is relevant for course scheduling but does not affect your educational experience or transcript. (Back to top)

What are the advantages of each class format?

The advantages of live-taped format courses are that you have an on-campus cadre of classmates and your professor has a larger number of students to whom s/he is teaching the material at that time. The advantages to the pre-taped format are that they can (a) be completed (to some extent) in a compressed time for faster progress towards the degree, (b) be offered during semesters when live- taped versions would not otherwise be available, and (c) potentially provide access to courses which are not otherwise offered to distance students. (Back to top)

What if a lecture video is late, broken, missing or of poor quality?

Please call or email Jana Anderson and our online learning office (970-491-5268); also inform your professor and Course Coordinator if this might delay your progress. We can often assist you very quickly, even after business hours or on weekends; however, we can't help with the problem if we don't know about it! (Back to top)

How can I access my student information online?

You will be assigned a CSU ID number (you may need to call or email us to ask for this). As soon as you have a CSU ID number, you will be able to request an eID (electronic ID). You will use the eID to access RamWeb for all of your student account information (your registered classes, financial information, personal and academic records, etc.). You will access your course materials (videos, handouts, assignments, etc.) through Canvas. Courses will be available on the Friday before the beginning of the term. (Back to top)

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