How Does Online Learning Work?
Overview of Online Learning at UB
Welcome to UB Online! Accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), UB Online has been offering courses online since 1997. UB Online offers a variety of programs and courses that allow you to attend class anytime from anywhere. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet, and email, and you can take courses or complete your degree from the comfort of your home or office.
If you are new to online learning, that is ok. The steps below will show you strategies to help you succeed as an online student.
Are You Ready For Online Learning?
1) Become familiar with your computer before your first course starts
Online courses are a flexible and convenient way to take classes or earn your degree from a distance. And while you don’t need to be a computer expert, you should be familiar with using a computer and navigating the Internet before getting started.
A traditional desktop or laptop is recommended for online students. Mobile devices are supported and can be used for normal viewing of your courses, but may not be optimal for performing all activities and assignments. Click here for more information on Canvas mobile apps. If you are not already comfortable with using your computer, spend some time “surfing” the Internet (visiting different websites), sending emails, and using your word processor.
Here are the computer requirements & support resources for online courses. Then, one week prior to your first online course, you will be emailed instructions on accessing our online orientation, an interactive course which will teach you how to use our online classroom.
2) Prepare for your course ahead of time
Decide which courses you want to take and register early. While online courses are flexible, they do follow a weekly schedule, and many fill up early, so registering early is recommended.
Order your textbooks. Textbooks can be ordered online through the UB Bookstore. You should order your textbooks as early as possible to ensure that you will receive them before the course starts.
3) Set aside time to study
You should plan to login at least 2-3 times each week. While online courses are convenient and flexible, they typically follow a weekly schedule, so plan to visit each course at least 2-3 times each week to get your course materials, interact with other students, and complete your assignments.
Know your course deadlines. Each instructor will give you guidelines and deadlines for completing assignments, and keep in mind that with the flexibility of taking an online class comes the responsibility to complete your work on time.
Participate as much as possible. One of the most important benefits of online learning is the ability to learn with and from your classmates. So participate in course discussions and interact with your instructors as much as possible.
4) Ask questions when you are not sure
Maintain contact with your instructors. Each course is designed and organized by the instructor, so if you have questions about finding course documents, deadlines for assignments, or course topics, please contact your instructor.
You will find contact information for your instructors on the syllabus and in each online classroom.
5) Login to myUB regularly
The myUB portal is your gateway to Canvas (UB’s online classroom), UB email, Webadvisor (your student information system), and the electronic library, so students should login to myUB regularly. myUB is your connection to your course, professor, classmates, and University news & resources.