Taking Your Online Class

What to Expect


Most online classes are delivered asynchronously via Canvas, allowing students to view course content/lectures on their own time. Some online courses include face-to-face course recordings via Echo 360 and posted annotated notes which are captured for online students.

However, there are definitive start and stop dates as well as deadlines for assignments and exams. Some courses may require virtual, synchronous meeting times. Meeting days and times will be listed on your class schedule in AccessPlus when you register.


Every course is structured differently depending on the instructor. Please review the syllabus carefully at the beginning of the course for specific deadlines and exam requirements. Contact your instructor as soon as possible if a conflict arises, preventing you from meeting a deadline.


Required textbooks can be found at the University Bookstore.

A link to the correct textbook can be found on your class schedule in AccessPlus.

Computer Requirements

Before your class begins, it is wise to review our Computer Requirements to ensure your device will meet the technical demands of your online class.

Online Class Access – Canvas

Approximately 10 days before your course begins, you will receive a welcome message with specific information about your online course, including accessing the content, instructor, and schedule change information. Most courses are accessed via Canvas. If this is not the case, the instructor will reach out to you via email with specific instructions.

Taking Exams

Some online classes require a proctor to assist you in taking your exams if you are off-campus. On-campus students taking online classes may be required to use the Online Testing Center. This is done as an extra precaution to preserve academic integrity. Review your syllabus as soon as possible to determine if a proctor is required.