RIT offers a comprehensive array of resources and support services to simplify and help you make the most of your online learning experience. These include:
RIT’s course management system, myCourses, allows students to interact with their classes and access course materials online through a standard web browser. Instructors can set up their courses to include a variety of materials such as document and file sharing, course calendar, news, quizzes and surveys, grades, chat and discussions, and drop boxes to submit assignments. Just as every on-campus course is different, depending on the preference of the instructor, every online course is different as well.
Students who are registered in an online course 3 weeks prior to the first day of the semester receive an e-mail to their RIT account welcoming them to online learning at RIT and directing them to RIT’s course management system, myCourses. From there, they can access the Online Student Community to read and complete the Startup. As part of the Startup self-guided tutorial, students may review course information, order course materials online for mail delivery, and review any proctored examination requirements.
RIT is committed to helping students have a rewarding and successful online experience. Support is available by phone, or e-mail. Please check http://wallacecenter.rit.edu/tls/contact-us-meet-staff for the most up-to-date support hour information.
Academic advisors are available to help prospective and current students decide which online course and/or program best suits their needs and career goals. Advisors can evaluate transfer credits, help students select the right courses to complete a program of study, and provide information about academic policies.
Online learning students have the same access as campus-based students to the extensive resources of RIT’s Wallace Center. Wallace Center’s Information Delivery Services (IDS) includes overnight delivery of the library’s own books or articles to your home as well as electronic delivery of course materials over the web. You may place requests, check status of requests, renew materials and communicate with IDS through your web browser.
Online course exams are administered in a variety of ways, depending on the preference of the instructor. Exams can be online and/or scheduled proctor exams. Your instructor will inform you if proctored exams are a requirement for the course by posting this information in the course syllabus or outline.
To be a successful online learner you need to be comfortable using your computer and working on the Internet. The following will give you an idea of a few tasks you should be comfortable with. If the majority of the skills listed below are unfamiliar to you, then you should consider taking a class on computer use at a local library or computer store to prepare you for an online course.
Online learning students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection. Students may be able to access these resources on campus, at work, or through other public resources, but we strongly recommend having your own computers and resources.
Online courses may have additional course specific requirements, these will be stated on the course syllabus.
Examples of Course Specific Requirements