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On-Campus or Online Options

RIT has distinguished itself in offering one of the premiere online-learning programs in the nation. Since 1979, when the university offered its first distance-learning course, RIT has been a leader in the use of electronic forms of communication for course interaction. Our online-learning courses have the same objectives, rigorous workload, tuition, and academic credit as our on-campus courses. The MS degree and the advanced graduate certificates are available through online learning.

No distinction is made between taking courses on campus or through online learning. Every online-learning course offered by the center meets RIT's rigorous standards. Courses feature lectures professionally prepared for online learners. These are accompanied by viewing guides or lecture notes. Students learn through a variety of media, including online lectures, discussion boards, and chats. Independent work with the course textbook and additional reading material is also expected. We provide access to statistical software for our students.

Because online-learning courses are designed for a motivated professional who is not able to attend on-campus classes, we recommend enrollment to those over 25 years of age with at least three years of professional employment.

The Four Advantages of Online Learning

  1. Flexibility
    Log in anytime from anywhere with an Internet connection. Post responses on the discussion board, receive feedback, and submit assignments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  2. Connection
    Gain individualized attention from faculty and develop relationships with your fellow students as you interact with them on a weekly and sometimes daily basis, creating a vast network of professional contacts.
  3. Interaction
    Post and respond to messages with your peers and professors. Online learning allows you to collaborate and share experiences with everyone in your classes. By contributing to discussions, you will hone your strategic thinking skills as well as your written communication skills.
  4. Timely
    Course content is regularly updated, and you can send questions or requests to professors, fellow students and facilitators with just one click.

Strategies for Success

  • Take core courses early in the program.
  • Be sure you meet course prerequisites.
  • Fill out the Plan of Study form, discuss it with your advisor, and get it approved by your advisor.
  • If you are a full-time worker, you will usually learn more if you take one course each semester. You may find that you do not have the time to really learn the material if you try taking two courses each semester. This is especially true of the more advanced courses.

Online-Learning Course Schedules and Sequencing

More Information on Online Learning

How an Online Learning Course Works

Enrolling in Classes

RIT students enroll in their classes through the Student Information System

You will login using your RIT computer account login id and password (if you do not have this information, please contact RIT Information and Technology Services)

Details about enrollment for courses

Online Course Proctoring for Exams

PROCTORING INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCTOR APPLICATION

Teaching & Learning Services provides proctoring services for online students who must take proctored exams. These services include:

  • Scheduling and administering proctored exam sessions at The Wallace Center
  • Securely distributing exams to remote students
  • Qualifying local proctors for remote students

Proctored sessions for tests and quizzes at The Wallace Center are from 6:00PM to 7:00PM and 7:30PM to 9:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Midterm and final exams are scheduled from 7:00PM to 10:00PM Monday through Friday.

Note that proctoring sessions at The Wallace Center are for fully online courses only!

Online students who live within 30 miles of the RIT campus must take proctored exams at the Wallace Center. Click here for more information. anchor link to section below

Remote students who live more than 30 miles from the RIT campus must arrange for a local proctor. Click here for more information.anchor link to section below

Online students who are eligible for testing accommodation should contact the Disability Services Office at 585-475-5538.

Teaching & Learning Services provides proctoring services for online students who must take proctored exams. These services include:

  • Scheduling and administering proctored exam sessions at The Wallace Center
  • Securely distributing exams to remote students
  • Qualifying local proctors for remote students

Proctored sessions for tests and quizzes at The Wallace Center are from 6:00PM to 7:00PM and 7:30PM to 9:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Midterm and final exams are scheduled from 7:00PM to 10:00PM Monday through Friday.

Note that proctoring sessions at The Wallace Center are for fully online courses only!

Online students who live within 30 miles of the RIT campus must take proctored exams at the Wallace Center. Click here for more information. anchor link to section below

Remote students who live more than 30 miles from the RIT campus must arrange for a local proctor. Click here for more information.anchor link to section below

Online students who are eligible for testing accommodation should contact the Disability Services Office at 585-475-5538.

PROCTORING INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCTOR APPLICATION

Textbooks

You can find out what the course textbook is at the RIT Barnes & Noble bookstore. You can purchase the textbook online or from other sources. The department code is KGCOE.

MyCourses System

MyCourses is web-based software that allows the instructor to create folders for each week of material, to send messages to all students, and to create discussion areas. It also allows students to "drop off" appropriate quizzes and exams. Finally, it allows students and instructor to interact in chat sessions as explained below.

You will access your online courses through My Courses: https://mycourses.rit.edu/

Please login with your RIT Computer Login ID and password. If you need help with your RIT Computer ID and password, please contact Academic Technology Support http://wallacecenter.rit.edu/tls/contact/

Chat Sessions or Discussion Groups

For some courses, you might engage in online chat sessions with other students and the course instructor each week. Here, you would address as a group the aspects of the course that may be particularly interesting or particularly difficult. This emulates the type of discussion that would occur in a live class situation. Topics may be open-ended, or may be pre-selected by the instructor based on his or her experience. The text of the chat sessions would be archived and placed in a note folder available to all students in the class. These online notes are available for later review, in case you are unable to attend a session. This is a synchronous method for online learning.

Other courses may use discussion groups. A discussion group consists of a subset of, or all, students who would discuss or try to answer questions that either the instructor or they themselves have posted. The instructor would “look in” on occasion to ensure that the group was on a reasonable track. This is an asynchronous method for online learning.

Instructors use what they believe is the best combination of methods -- lectures, chat sessions, discussion groups, and other readings -- to maximize the learning for the course.

Exams and Quizzes

Exams and quizzes might be posted online in myCourses. In some courses, a proctor system would be established instead of, or in addition to, the online features.

For online exams and quizzes, the test is posted at a specific time and is due at a specified time. In some cases, the instructor may grade the test online, to provide rapid feedback to enhance the learning process.

With proctored exams, you would be required to find a proctor, for example the person to whom you report, and who would be willing to supervise you during the examination process and to send the completed exam back to RIT.

Technology Required and Technical Support

To participate in online learning, you should have a computer with high-speed Web access. You may be able to use a computer at work, but a firewall at your company may prevent you from doing this directly.

RIT provides full-service support for its online-learning students. In addition to convenient online ordering of course materials, there is toll-free and online technical support and student-services staff support, and online access to campus departments.

 

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