Online Learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
In our programs, many courses are 50-75% online, while some are 100% online. It is expected that students will be able to communicate with the instructor and peers via email and transfer documents between themselves and faculty through electronic attachments.
An online course is one where the learning and student participation take place using the Internet. At Mercy College we use a course tool called ELEOS. (This is the Greek word for spirit of mercy.) ELEOS will contain course documents, assignments and other information your teacher will make available.
Web-Assisted – Course that uses on-line teaching/learning strategies for more than 50% of the scheduled class times. These courses meet face-to-face less than 50% of the scheduled class dates.
Web-Based – Course that uses online teaching/learning strategies 100% of the scheduled class times. There is no face-to-face contact scheduled with students.
Is an online course easier than one that meets regularly in a classroom?
What time commitment is required?
Can I complete the online course at my own pace?
How is attendance taken?
How will I take tests online?
What is the purpose of Turnitin?
How do I communicate with my teacher?
How do I communicate with other students in the course?
Do I work completely on my own?
What learning methods should I expect in an online course?
What library resources are available for online courses?
What is a preceptorship?
Some teachers may require additional skills or may provide the instructions for required skills. It is important to be able to follow written directions instead of face-to-face instructions.
For home computers: