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Learning Online at Coastal

Course access and interaction

Online students access course materials via the University’s learning management system, Moodle. Instructional materials typically include digital texts, photos, videos, presentations and other downloadable or streaming files. Students interact with instructors and classmates via real-time web conferencing, asynchronous discussions and email.

Academic rigor and workload expectations

Coastal’s online course offerings are designed to meet national expectations for academic rigor and usability (such as Quality Matters), and students should expect to invest up to six hours per course credit per week. Although the majority of instruction in most online courses is scheduled asynchronously, students should expect to attend a few synchronous events each semester. Attendance and participation policies are detailed in course syllabi.

Program Advising

Students admitted to an online program are assigned an academic adviser just like campus-based students. Program advisers are normally faculty members in the program area and are well qualified to coach students through the challenges of planning and managing their curricula. All students admitted to an online program are able to plan and track their progress using Coastal’s WebAdvisor portal.

Are you ready for online learning?

Online learning is different from classroom learning, and scholarly research has identified numerous attributes that online students must exhibit to maximize success, including motivation and self-regulation. Think you have what it takes to be successful in an online class? Take our E-Learning Readiness Assessment, and find out!