About Online Learning
The popularity of online learning has continued to increase since its inception, and for adults with busy lives and hectic schedules, taking a course online is an excellent way to learn. Research shows that online interactive courses (OICs) are just as effective and rigorous as classroom-based instruction. You should also be aware that even though they are delivered in a more flexible way, OICs require just as much time and effort as a traditional course.
Online Interactive Course Requirements
To be successful in an online course, you must:
- Work at your own pace and organize your time to meet assignment deadlines.
- Access your course via the internet to communicate via email, chat,
and other electronic methods.
- Participate in a dynamic learning environment with students from
across New Hampshire and beyond.
- Be comfortable with the following computer skills:
- Using a mouse and keyboard.
- Saving and finding files using folders.
- Copying and pasting text.
- Using a word processing application, such as Microsoft Word.
- Attaching and uploading documents and assignments.
- Sending and receiving e-mail.
- Browsing the World Wide Web.
| Technical Requirements
- An Intel-based computer running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 operating systems; or Mac OS 10.4 or higher.
- Anti-virus software.
- The most recent version of Microsoft Office (for Windows or Mac) is recommended. Student discounts on Microsoft Office are available through the UNH Computer Store.
- Access to the Internet - 56k or faster connection preferred (28.8 kbps minimum, 768kbps or greater broadband access is recommended).
- A Web Browser such as Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Important Note: See GSC IT Help: Browser Settings for specific Web Browser compatibility information.
- A permanent e-mail address is required in order for us to contact you in the event of technical difficulties affecting your course or our network. Once enrolled, every student receives a Go.Granite email account. In addition, you can get a free e-mail account from online services such as Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo! Mail.
- Access to a printer. Some courses may also require scanned documents to be submitted.