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Professional Development, University Extended Education, California State University, Fullerton
An online course and a face-to-face course differ primarily in the way the course is facilitated. Instead of meeting on campus at a fixed location and time, you have more flexibility as to when and where you complete the course assignments and other activities. Online courses provide the convenience of working on them from home or work. They are structured to keep you on track and are actively facilitated by the instructor to ensure your success. You will have due dates and you must keep up with online discussions, readings, and assignments. Online students have the added advantage of avoiding traffic and having to locate a parking spot on campus.
A successful online student is one that is self-motivated, is able to problem solve, and can manage time effectively. In an online course, the burden is on you to complete your assignments and participate in the course. Setting a schedule for yourself and being able to meet deadlines without the continual prompting of your instructor is a must. You will have access to your instructor and students in your course; however, the turn-around time is not immediate. Additionally, the online learning environment can be very textually based. You will be required to read and write in significant amounts for most courses. You should take this into consideration.
Many students who claim to be computer novices have successfully taken our online courses. Being a computer novice should not deter you from taking an online course. If you are able to access the Internet, navigate to various web sites, and send emails with attachments, then you have the necessary skills to take an online course. We also provide an online tutorial for our beginning online students. This will help you learn the skills you will need to be a successful online student. You are supported the entire time.
Before registering for an online course, make sure you have the necessary equipment and software to be successful while learning online.
Recommended Minimum

Operating System:

Windows 7/8 or Macintosh OS X (10.7)

Windows XP or Macintosh OS X

Processor:

2+ GHz

1 GHz

Memory:

4 GB

1 GB

Plug-ins:

Adobe PDF reader, Flash Player, Java, QuickTime

Adobe PDF reader, Flash Player, Java, QuickTime

Browser:

Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari (Mac)

Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari (Mac)

Display:

1980 x 1080

800 x 600

Software:

Microsoft 2010/2011

Microsoft Office 2003 or Open Office, PowerPoint 2010 Viewer

Internet Connection:

DSL/CABLE/FiOS

DSL/CABLE

E-mail Account:

CSUF student email account

CSUF student email account

Sound Card:

Required

Required

Approximately two weeks before the start of your online course you will receive a Welcome email that provides you with information on how to access your course. Included in the email is the contact information for your instructor, the textbooks you will need to purchase, and any additional information your instructor feels is necessary. If you register within two weeks of the course start date, you will receive an email within 48 hours of your registration. It is extremely important that you provide a working email account when you register, as well as a phone number where you can be reached in case we need to call you with information regarding the course.
You will receive the Welcome email approximately two weeks before the course starts or within 48 hours after registering if you registered within the two weeks before the class starts. Please email or call the Distance Education office at (657) 278-4866 if you have not received the Welcome email.
Distance Education has a student help desk that you can email or call. Support Desk Access: 657-278-4866 or Toll Free 1-866-511-5991 Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays) For After Hours and Weekend Inquiries: Please submit a help desk request to: distance-ed@fullerton.edu. Requests submitted after the Support Desk office hours will be reviewed on the following business day (excluding holidays). We will reply to most requests within 24 hours.