MU E-Learning

Methodist University e-Learning, Methodist University's online learning program, allows qualified students to supplement the courses they take in traditional classrooms with Internet-based courses. Students cannot earn their entire degree through the e-Learning program. 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 e-LEARNING?

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.

WHO CAN TAKE METHODIST UNIVERSITY e-LEARNING 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 or as incoming Day or Night students. Contact the MU at Night and Extended Learning Admissions office at (910) 630-7190 for additional information.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR ONLINE LEARNERS?

Students who take Methodist University e-Learning 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. You will want to review this list to ensure you have the characteristics to be successful when taking online courses.

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.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A METHODIST UNIVERSITY e-LEARNING COURSE?

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

For Day and MU at Night students:

You can register for an MU e-Learning course at the same time as you register for other classes, day and MU at Night, in the myMU Portal after you receive registration clearance from your advisor.

For Military Students:

If you are a 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: bragg@methodist.edu.

Blackboard Login and Methodist University E-Mail

When a student receives his or her acceptance letter, the letter contains a username and password that are suitable for use on both Blackboard and the Methodist University e-mail system.

HOW MUCH DOES A METHODIST UNIVERSITY e-LEARNING COURSE COST?

The 2016-17 fee for an Methodist University e-Learning course is $464 per credit hour ($1,392 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 e-Learning 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.

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) 630-7008 or (910) 630-7619 with questions. When paying, provide the number of credit hours, your name, student ID number, and address. Payment may be made one of five ways:

  1. Pay online via your MyMU Portal on the Business Office tab.
  2. Pay in full by credit card (VISA, Mastercard, or Discover) through the Business Office at (910) 630-7008 or (910) 630-7619.
  3. Pay in full by check. Send payment to Methodist University, Attn: Business Office, 5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28311-1498.
  4. 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.
  5. If you are Active Duty military and using military tuition assistance, contact the Fort Bragg Office for assistance at (910) 436-3624.

WHAT ARE THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS?

In order to enroll in a Methodist University e-Learning 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 the Firefox Web browser is strongly recommended.

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 e-Learning 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. However, if you have issues with the operation of Blackboard, see if your problem can be addressed using the Help button on the left-hand course menu.  If you are not able to resolve the issue, contact the system administrator at mcmolter@methodist.edu.

ARE THERE OTHER COURSE REQUIREMENTS?

Besides the technological requirements, each of our Methodist University e-Learning 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, and take quizzes and exams. Please refer to the course descriptions for specifications.

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 e-Learning courses by calling the book store manager at (910) 630-7227, and identifying yourself as a student in a Methodist University e-Learning course. You may direct general questions to Mr. Larry Smith via e-mail at mubookstore@methodist.edu. The Student Store is not yet prepared to take e-mail or online book orders.

HOW DO I WITHDRAW FROM A METHODIST UNIVERSITY e-LEARNING CLASS?

E-mail your professor or the Registrar to complete the withdrawal. Consult the Course Calendar for appropriate deadlines.

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

E-Learning 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 reference@methodist.edu or phone at (910) 630-7123. Each online course has a link on its menu to the Davis Memorial Library Web site.

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 Executive Vice President and Academic Dean. E-mail the Director of MU at Night and Extended Learning at tmiller@methodist.edu if you need assistance coordinating the appeal with your course professor.

Faculty members may enforce a more rigorous attendance policy for 1000-level courses as stated in their syllabus. 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 Executive Vice President and Academic Dean. E-mail the Director of MU at Night and Extended Learning at tmiller@methodist.edu if you need assistance coordinating the appeal with your course professor.

NO SHOW POLICY

Students who have not accessed the course at least once during 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 access the course, at the discretion of the course professor. Students who are unable to access the course during the first week for personal or professional reasons must make a written request to the course professor 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 access the course.

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 e-Learning 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 Director for Instructional Technology and e-Learning. 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 Director for Instructional Technology and e-Learning may appeal for reinstatement to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Academic Dean.

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 Academic Catalogue.

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