- What are the standard computer system/software requirements for an online course?
- What are the different types of online courses and how do they differ from traditional on-campus courses?
- Should I look for certain quality standards when researching online programs?
- Does it take less time to get an online degree than in on-campus degree?
- Can I still receive help with coursework in an online setting?
- Are the same Financial Aid benefits available for online students?
- Can credits for traditional courses be transferred to an online program?
What are the computer system/software requirements for online courses?
At the Mount, we do not have any specific hardware requirements for online learning. We recommend students have a high-speed internet connection. To determine if your computer meets the software requirements for online learning, visit this resource.
What are the different types of online courses and how do they differ from traditional on-campus courses?
Online courses are offered in different formats. They are:
- Asynchronous: Student and professor interactions do not occur simultaneously in this setting. Communication in this setting usually occurs via e-mail or message boards, allowing both students and professors to work according to their own schedules. These courses often feature recorded lectures.
- Synchronous: In this setting, students and teachers are online at the same time. Streaming lectures and live chats are often used to replicate face-to-face interactions in an online format.
- Blended: In a blended format, students take courses partially online, but may meet for lectures or tests in the classroom.
Courses offered online through the Mount use the asynchronous format.
Does it take less time to get an online degree than in on-campus degree?
Unless noted, many online degree programs are comparable time-wise to their face-to-face counterparts. In certain cases, courses and degrees can be offered at an accelerated pace. At the Mount, we are committed to helping students graduate on time.
Can I still receive help with coursework in an online setting?
At the Mount, we are committed to providing personalized attention to our students through dedicated faculty and staff. Online students can expect the same personalized attention face-to-face students receive.
Are the same Financial Aid benefits available for online students?
Yes, since online classes are recognized as college coursework, the same federal and private aid is available to students (unless otherwise noted by the institution). Many online students use the same grants and loans as students in a face-to-face setting.
Can credits for traditional courses be transferred to an online program?
In many cases, credits from face-to-face programs can be transferred to their online counterparts. Meeting with an admission counselor/transcript analyst is the best way to discover whether or not your credits will transfer, and how many.