Student Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Distance Education Online course and an Online course?
Distance Education Online courses have on campus meetings which usually consist of one Mandatory Orientation meeting the first week of the semester (see "What is a Mandatory Orientation?" above) and one to two additional meetings -- dates and times are listed and available when you register for the course. Online courses have no on campus meetings
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What is a Distance Education Hybrid Course?
Distance Education Hybrid courses have a portion of the course instruction delivered face-to-face and a portion of the course instruction delivered online. Recurring, face-to-face meetings are determined by the instructor -- dates and times are listed and available when you register for the course.
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What is Blackboard?
It is a web-based computer system that allows instructors to post course work, syllabi, tests, and assignments online and allows both faculty and students to interact and communicate with each other. 
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What is a Mandatory Orientation?
A Mandatory Orientation is a required, on campus, face-to-face meeting with the instructor. If a course has a Mandatory Orientation, the student must attend the scheduled meeting to remain in the course. If a student does not attend a Mandatory Orientation an instructor may require a student to withdraw from the course.
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Are there any additional fees for an Online or Hybrid course?
Some online and hybrid courses have a non-refundable $60 Technology Assisted Instruction fee. This fee covers licensing of video programs as well as broadcast and duplication rights. Courses that assess the Technology Assisted Instruction fee will indicate so in the course's detailed class information (all fees subject to change).
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What are the technical requirements for taking an online course?
There are 3 basic technology tools required for every online course: a reliable computer, a reliable Internet connection, and a compatible browser (to check your browser, click here). Additionally, some instructors may conduct online meetings that require a web cam and a headset with a microphone. Be sure to check with your instructor.  Please note that mobile devices (i.e., smart phones, tablets) are not a substitute for a computer. Mobile devices have limited browser capability which makes some online features inaccessible.
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What learning skills are needed for an online course?
Good learning habits are the key to success in any course. Set aside a specific time each day dedicated to course work. Plan study time for tests and prep time for assignments. If using a personal calendar, add dates and times at the beginning of the semester and stick with the schedule.
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How do I register for an Online or Hybrid course?
The registration process for an online or hybrid course is the same as registering for any course at Stockton. Please visit the Office of the Registrar for registration information.
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