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Methodist University Online

WELCOME!

Methodist University Online, Methodist University's online learning program, allows qualified students from around the globe to earn college credit over the Internet. Class size is limited so that we can provide the same quality of interaction found in our traditional Methodist University classrooms. Methodist University Online courses use the World Wide Web, e-mail, threaded discussions, and chat rooms to foster the meaningful exchange of ideas, both professor-to-student and student-to-student. Even from a distance, you can be a part of Methodist University's liberal-arts learning community!


WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED THROUGH METHODIST UNIVERSITY ONLINE?

Course offerings are subject to change; check this Web site periodically for updates. Click on the class title for further course information, including prerequisites, additional technological requirements, activities, and instructor contact information.

Searchable Course Schedule

The new Course Schedule powered by Jenzabar will enable you to search Methodist University Course Schedules from the recent past to the near future. The Course Schedule application retrieves the real-time edition of the schedule, so you are always getting the most current copy of the Course Schedule. Search by Day, Evening Term I, Evening Term II, or Online. You can also refine a search by department, course number(s), days of the week, times of day, faculty, location, and other useful search criteria.

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WHO CAN TAKE METHODIST UNIVERSITY ONLINE COURSES?

Students who wish to enroll in Methodist University Online courses must either be previously accepted Methodist University at Night or Day students, or may apply as special students (Click here for additional information on special student status) or as incoming Day or Night students. Contact the MU at Night Admissions counselor, (910-630-7190), for more information.

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AM I CUT OUT FOR ONLINE LEARNING?

Students who take Methodist University Online courses are expected to meet regular deadlines throughout the semester, participate in online class activities several times a week, and stay in touch with professors and fellow students. Unlike independent study courses, these courses require steady involvement and interaction on the part of all enrolled.

The following attributes characterize successful Methodist University Online learners. If you do not fit this profile, then an Methodist University Online course may not be for you.

METHODIST UNIVERSITY ONLINE LEARNERS . . .

  • possess strong self-motivation;
  • feel at home using computers, e-mail, and Internet technology;
  • can handle significant amounts of reading, research, and writing;
  • have advanced English-language communication skills;
  • are comfortable expressing themselves in writing and are proficient at word processing;
  • already have or can easily obtain the necessary hardware and software for the course;
  • can devote time every day to the course requirements.

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WHAT SCHEDULE DO ONLINE COURSES FOLLOW?

Methodist University Online Calendar (2013-2014)

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HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A METHODIST UNIVERSITY ONLINE COURSE?

If you are not already a Methodist University student, click here to find out about the special student status.

To register for Methodist University Online courses, the procedure varies depending on whether you have been admitted to the Day Program or the Methodist University at Night program.

For Day Students:

Make an appointment with your advisor to pre-register for courses during the pre-registration period (see the Course Calendar). Your advisor and you will use the Advisor-Assisted Online Registration program to pre-register for your online and traditional classes all at the same time.

For Methodist University at Night Students taking traditional evening classes:

Current Methodist University at Night students may register for Methodist University Online courses by adding them to their Data Schedule in the Registrar's Office at the same time they register for traditional Methodist University at Night courses.

For Methodist University at Night Students taking only online classes and Special Students:

If you are an Methodist University at Night student not taking traditional classes or a Special Students, you must complete and submit an Methodist University Online Data Schedule. (You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this document. Click here to download the free reader.) Return your completed document to Ms. Linda Gravitt, Assistant Dean for MU at Night, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC 28311. You may also FAX your document to Ms. Gravitt at (910) 630-7519. If you have any questions, contact her at (800) 488-7110 x 7190.

For Military Students:

If you are student in the U.S. military and wish to receive military tuition assistance for taking online courses, you must use GoArmyEd to register. The Fort Bragg Office can assist you with the process - phone: (910) 436-3624, e-mail: .

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ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED

Students taking online classes in addition to Day or Night classes: Your Blackboard username and password are printed on the copy of the class card that you pick up at Registration. This information appears directly below the signature line in the middle of the page.

Students taking only online classes: You should receive an e-mail with your login information. If you have not received your login information by e-mail by the first day of the term, contact the Blackboard administrator, Michael Molter, at and he will assist you.

This information includes your default password. If you have changed your password in the past, you should use the password that you set. The system will not print any user-defined passwords, only the default.

It is also mandatory that you sign up for a Methodist University e-mail account. This is used for the distribution of final grades and other announcements. Computer Services can get you set up; send your request along with your full name to .

Methodist University reserves the right to cancel an online class if the enrollment is less than five students.

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HOW MUCH DOES A METHODIST UNIVERSITY ONLINE COURSE COST?

The fee for an Methodist University Online course is $404 per credit hour ($1,212 for a 3-s.h. course) for Methodist University at Night and Special students. Tuition does not include the cost of your textbooks, software, other course materials, or technological equipment.

For active duty military, there is a discounted rate of $250 per credit hour. Note that this is for active duty military only, not military dependents.

Students in the regular academic (day) program paying full-time tuition (12-18 hours) may include a Methodist University Online course in their course load (up to 18 hours), but the tuition for the class is not included in their full-time tuition. Full-time day students must maintain at least 12 s.h. in day classes. Total course load over 18 s.h. incurs overload charges as specified in the Academic Catalogue.

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HOW DO I PAY FOR THE COURSE?

Payment arrangements must be made prior to the start of your online course. Contact the Business Office at (910) 630-7012 with questions. When paying, provide the course number, number of credit hours, your name, social security number, and address. Payment may be made one of four ways:

  1. Pay in full by credit card (VISA, Mastercard, or Discover) through the Business Office at (910) 630-7012.
  2. Pay in full by check. Send payment along with application and data schedule to Ms. Gravitt (see address above).
  3. If you are a continuing Methodist University student (non-military) and are using financial aid to cover the cost of online courses, arrange for this aid with the Financial Aid Office (910-630-7192) in advance of the start of the course. Call or visit the Business Office to confirm that this aid is sufficient to cover the cost of the course.

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WHAT ARE THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS?

In order to enroll in an Methodist University Online course, you will need a suitable computer, a word-processing program, an e-mail account, access to the World Wide Web, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and a Web browser the equivalent of Firefox 2.x or higher, or Internet Explorer 6+.

The following computer hardware specifications are the minimum requirements:

  • Processor Speed: 100mhz Pentium or equivalent for IBM-compatible PC; or Macintosh Power-PC
  • Memory: 16MB RAM
  • Modem: 28.8k or faster
  • Printer: Not required but highly recommended

Particular courses may have further requirements for both hardware and software. Please refer to the course descriptions for specifications.

Methodist University is unable to provide technical assistance to students who enroll in Methodist University Online courses. If you have difficulty with your Internet connection, contact your Internet service provider. If you have difficulty with your equipment, contact your service representative.


ARE THERE OTHER COURSE REQUIREMENTS?

Besides the technological requirements, each of our Methodist University Online courses has its own requirements. You may need textbooks and other print sources, and you may also be required to access much material in electronic format over the World Wide Web. You will complete written assignments and projects, collaborate in discussion or chat groups, take quizzes and exams. Please refer to the course descriptions for specifications.

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BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS & APPLICATIONS

In order to help you assess your computer skills, we are providing a link here to a page of basic computer competency tutorials to assist you with creating, saving, and downloading files, among other skills. Also, there is a link here to freely available applications that will enable you to access and read certain file types, such as Excel or PowerPoint documents, even without the full version of the software.

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HOW DO I BUY MY BOOKS?

The Methodist University Online courses' textbooks are listed on the MU Bookstore site. If you live in the vicinity of the college, visit the Methodist University Student Store, located in the Berns Student Center, to purchase your books. If you do not live in the Fayetteville area, you may order textbooks for Methodist University Online courses by calling the book store manager at (910) 630-7227, and identifying yourself as a student in an Methodist University Online course. You may direct general questions to Mr. Larry Smith via e-mail at . The Student Store is not yet prepared to take e-mail or online book orders.

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HOW DO I WITHDRAW FROM A METHODIST UNIVERSITY ONLINE CLASS?

E-mail your professor or the system administrator at with your intention to withdraw, so that he can contact your professor and the Registrar to complete the withdrawal. Consult the Course Calendar for appropriate deadlines.

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HOW DO I GET LIBRARY SUPPORT, SUCH AS JOURNAL ARTICLES, INTERLIBRARY LOAN, OR REFERENCE QUESTIONS?

Online students have access to Davis Memorial Library, through which they may access electronic resources and online catalog remotely. Librarians are available via e-mail at or phone at (910) 630-7123. Each online course has a link on its menu to the Davis Memorial Library Web site.

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ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR 1000-LEVEL COURSES AND UPPER-LEVEL COURSES

Methodist University’s attendance policy for 1000 level courses also applies to 1000-level courses taken online. A student may not miss more than 20% of the course; otherwise he or she will be withdrawn with a grade of WF. Students withdrawn with a WF for attendance are notified by e-mail and have seven days to submit a completed appeal form to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. E-mail the Assistant Dean for Distance Education at if you need assistance coordinating the appeal with your course professor.

Professors of upper-level courses reserve the right to set their own attendance policies that may be either more or less stringent than the 1000-level attendance policy. Students exceeding the permissable non-attendance benchmark will be withdrawn with a grade of WF. Students withdrawn with a WF for attendance are notified by e-mail and have seven days to submit a completed appeal form to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. E-mail the Assistant Dean for Distance Education at if you need assistance coordinating the appeal with your course professor.

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NO SHOW POLICY

Students who have not hit the course at least once during the drop/add period (the first week of classes) will be withdrawn without record from the course and are eligible for a full refund of tuition for the course in question. Late registrants to the course (adding the course in the final two working days of the week) may receive additional time to hit the course, at the discretion of the Assistant Dean for Distance Education. Students who are unable to hit the course during the first week for personal or professional reasons must make a written request to the Assistant Dean for Distance Education asking for exemption from this policy. Students who choose this option will not be withdrawn as a no show at a later date, even if they do not hit the course.

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ONLINE COURSE ETIQUETTE

Students are expected to interact with other students, the instructor, and any teaching assistants or technical support staff enrolled in the course, just as they would be expected to do in a traditional classroom setting. Because online courses contain a combination of communication channels, some public and some private, such as e-mail, instant messaging, discussion forums, and chat rooms, inappropriate conduct in these channels is not allowed. Examples of inappropriate conduct that are never permitted include sexually harassing language, racially or ethnically degrading language, profanity, and verbally abusive language. Evidence of any of these is grounds for dismissal from the course by the Assistant Dean for Distance Education. In general, the discussion of personal matters, such as questioning a grade, is inappropriate for public forums. These matters may be addressed privately through e-mail, provided none of the conduct listed above occurs in that communication. Students withdrawn from a course by the Assistant Dean for Distance Education may appeal for reinstatement to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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REMOTE PROCTORING

Instructors reserve the right to require students who are taking online classes to take exams in person as outlined in the syllabus at pre-approved proctoring sites. If an instructor requires remote proctoring, he or she will announce it in the syllabus the first week of the course. The complete Remote Proctoring policy can be found in the 2013-14 Academic Catalogue, p. 40-41.

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