NAU is a leader in delivering online classes. If you are new to online classes, consider some of these resources and tips to help you succeed.
Essentials for Online Learners - this document answers frequently asked questions about taking web classes at NAU.
The TIPS Course - this course is sample online class available to all current NAU students. Log in with your NAU student account. In the course you can access resources about the web classes, learn how to navigate a class and more.
Online classes at NAU may contain synchronous (real-time) and/or asynchronous (not real-time) content. See additional information below or contact the Extended Campuses service center with questions.
The course content for any online class may require some 'live' interactivity or synchronous content. For online classes, this could mean a discussion group that requires the entire class to be logged into the class and participating at the same time. It may mean that a lecture or video component will be delivered by the instructor on a specific date and time. Or it may mean that the class meets online regularly at a certain time and students must be prepared to be logged in at that specific time. The requirements for a course will be detailed in the class notes at the time you enroll.
Asynchronous (not real-time) content in online classes is content that you can work on whenever you to log into the class. This could be posting comments to a discussion, taking an exam, submitting written coursework etc. While all assignments have a due date, students are not required to log in at a particular time or day to work on asynchronous course material.
Hybrid classes have a combination of both in-person and online delivery of course content. When you enroll for a hybrid class, the course notes will tell you when and where your class will meet for the in-person portion of the class. Be sure that the in-person requirements will fit your schedule before you enroll in the course.
Most NAU online classes are delivered using Blackboard Learn . This tool requires that students enrolled in the class log in to access class content and participate. Your activity in the class is contained within that particular instance of the class.
Students may also contact our Student Technology Center with questions about their online classes at NAU.
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