Online courses are delivered via Blackboard, the University's Web-based course management system. Students submit course work and participate in discussions with faculty and other students via the Internet. Many online courses contain media-rich presentations that reinforce important concepts, and all courses require student participation in a discussion area. Students in these courses communicate with faculty and fellow students using e-mail and submit assignments to faculty through the Web. Participation in discussions are asynchronous, allowing students to participate at a time that is convenient for them.
As in traditional classroom courses, textbooks are the primary reading source for online courses. You can purchase textbooks at the Quinnipiac Bookstore in the student center or order them online. Blackboard, a Web-based learning system, is your gateway to online learning. Your professor will give you assignments and tell you when they are due by posting this information on Blackboard. You will access Blackboard through Quinnipiac's website by entering a username and password. Blackboard is easy to use and allows you to do so much:
- Download reading materials, project assignments and the course syllabus
- Download and view PowerPoint presentations and videos created by your professor
- Submit assignments
- Read and share comments in a discussion forum with your classmates and professor
- Take quizzes and exams
- Send (and receive) e-mail to your classmates and professor
Basic computer skills are all you need for our courses. You need to know how to use the internet, e-mail and Microsoft Office programs—primarily Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It is not difficult to navigate within the learning environment for an online course. If you are comfortable using internet resources and e-mail, you will be able to learn in a web-based environment. An orientation session provides all the training needed. You must have a DSL or cable modem to access the online courses.
- A computer. While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, they are not guaranteed to work in all areas. Please ensure you have a Windows or Mac computer available to complete coursework in the event your selected mobile device does not meet the needs of the course.
- An internet connection (high-speed access recommended, such as cable or DSL)
- Latest version of your chosen web browser (we recommend using Google Chrome)
- An e-mail account provided by the University
- Word, Excel and PowerPoint (available for downloading from Quinnipiac's website for free)
- Some courses require the use of a webcam and/or microphone
- Some academic programs require specific software applications
Yes. Quinnipiac University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (School of Business); American Bar Association (School of Law); National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (School of Education) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (School of Nursing).
We offer both online and hybrid delivery models depending on the program. Many programs may be completed fully online, while others require an on-campus orientation.
Most programs do not have a residency requirement. Please see specific program information for details.
Yes. The instructor moderating the course will keep in touch with students via e-mail or through Blackboard, the University's web-based course management system. The discussions and chat sessions create a virtual classroom where a class community is developed.
The flexibility and convenience offered by online learning provides you an opportunity to complete assignments without having to attend a specific weekly class meeting. You may do your work day or night, although assignments are often due mid-week so it is best to pay close attention to the course syllabus so you can plan accordingly.
Some programs offer an on-campus orientation. The admissions office will provide students with information regarding online and on-campus based orientations. Quinnipiac University provides a web-based equivalent for students in online programs who are unable to attend the on-campus orientation. The web-based orientation includes a video from each program director and a video for the different academic and administrative support areas such as library, Learning Commons, technology support, financial aid and registrar.