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Online Program FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't see the answer to your question below, please feel free to reach out to Lisa S. Dael, Assistant Director, Online and Outreach Programs, for assistance.

How much time should I allot to do work for online courses?

You should plan to spend about 3-4 hours for every credit hour of coursework you are completing.  Online courses are available in a more flexible format, but the assignments and tests are not any easier than a regular classroom-based course.  Please budget time in your weekly schedule to make sure you have plenty of time to get your work done.  You should log in to your class several times a week to see if there are any announcements or updates and include homework as a required item on your "To-Do" list.  Trying to complete coursework in 15-30 minute increments usually ends up being unsuccessful.  You will need to block off at least an hour each time to study.

What computer requirements do I need to run Blackboard?

To access classes on Blackboard Learn from a computer, your system must meet these minimums. Please note that you must have Administrator access to your computer to install programs and use Blackboard Learn. Public or loaned (work or business) computers often do not allow file downloads or plugin installations and thus may not work with Blackboard Learn.

  • Operating System: Windows Vista or newer; Mac OS 10.6 or newer
  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 512 MB or more
  • Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher
  • Internet connection: Download speed of at least 1.5 Mbps
    • If you are using a satellite internet provider, you may experience timeouts, IP address issues, session problems, or course mail issues caused by latency. Please try to use a different provider when accessing Blackboard Learn.
  • Microsoft Word software
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) to open .pdf documents
  • Livetext software (Some programs require this software as well.  Check your syllabus for details. Available for purchase at www.livetext.com)
What's the cost for OHIO's online programs?

The cost of our online programs vary depending on whether you are completing undergraduate or graduate classes, certificates or full degree programs, or endorsements.  Please review the tuition and fees.

For Undergraduate Programs, please visit: https://www.ohio.edu/bursar/undergraduate-tuition

Look for "eCampus Undergraduate Tuition."

For Graduate Programs, please visit: https://www.ohio.edu/bursar/graduate-tuition

Look for "Graduate Programs with Differential Tuition" and then select "Patton College of Education." You can choose the program you are interested in pursuing.  Please note: all fees that are listed exclude the cost of materials.

Which admission application should I use to apply for an online program?

That depends on the program.  There are several different forms you can use (see the links below).

Start by visiting the application page.

For Undergraduate Online Degree Completion Programs, select the Online Programs Application.

For Graduate Online Degree Programs, select the Graduate Degree-Seeking Programs Application.

For Graduate Online Endorsements and Certificates programs, select the Graduate Endorsement and Certificates Application.

For Graduate Online Non-Degree Professional Development courses, select the Graduate Non-Degree Application

For graduate students who wish to reapply to complete their degree, please select the the Graduate Re-Apply for a Degree Application

You will need to know the Plan Code listed on each program page to select the program you wish to apply for.  

If you still have questions, please contact Lisa S. Dael at dael@ohio.edu for assistance.

Can I receive financial aid or scholarships for my online program?

That depends. Non-degree programs, certificates, and endorsements do not generally qualify for federal financial aid, but degree programs may. Please complete the FAFSA in order to determine what amount you may qualify for.  

The Patton College also awards scholarships every spring for the following year. Students must apply through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship to be eligible for consideration.  

Some employers offer tuition reimbursement and other funding options for professional development so be sure to check with your employer's human resources office. Another potential resource may be seeking funding from professional organizations for your field, as sometimes those organizations make scholarship funds available.

Finally, there are loan options that can become available to non-degree students if employer reimbursement is not available. OHIO has a tool called FastChoice that provides a list of institutions our students have used recently and that allows a student to search for loan options based on their circumstances. Once inside FastChoice, a student is able to filter loans by those that are available to graduate students in a non-degree seeking program. In addition to FastChoice, Financial Aid maintains a partial list of external scholarships, some of which are available for graduate study.

Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship for more information and to determine what options are best for you. 

How do I know which courses to enroll in each semester and when I should enroll?

Each online program has a Program Coordinator or Advisor who will work with you to develop a Program of Study.  You can use that plan to enroll in courses each semester. If you have questions about your Program of Study, please reach out to the program coordinator.

You will receive an email with instructions when registration is available for a particular semester.  While you are guaranteed a space in eCampus courses, please register as soon as possible so you have time to purchase books and prepare for the start of class.  Registering at the last minute can delay your access to classes or cost additional late fees.  You can register or request permission to enroll in a class through Friday of the first week of classes.  After that, you will require instructor permission.  Enrollments after the first two weeks will incur late fees and may not be approved. 

Are the online courses designed to be completed at your own pace or will I be required to log in to the class at a certain time each week?

Our courses cannot be completed at your own pace. While you will not have to log in at a set time each week for live instruction, we do recommend that you check in regularly to make sure you are not missing any due dates for assignments.

What happens if I can’t take the next class in the course sequence?

Many programs are part of a cohort.  Depending on where you are in the program, this could delay your graduation up to a year or more. We highly encourage you to continue with your cohort through the program as much as possible.  If you get off cohort or wish to take courses at a different pace, please consult with your advisor in order to complete a new signed Plan of Study.

What happens if an unexpected emergency arises and I cannot keep up with my coursework?

Contact your instructors immediately and alert them to the issue.  They will usually try to work out a way to help you, but they can't help you if they don't know about your situation until the last week of the course. 

I have a disability. Can I have accommodations for my class?

Yes! Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Accessibility Services to discuss his/her specific needs and register (you must provide written documentation). Please note: Instructors cannot make accommodations until official documentation is received from Accessibility Services so if you have not yet registered as a student with a disability, please contact Nina Henderson hendersn@ohio.edu at Student Accessibility Services or visit www.ohio.edu/uc/sas/ for information about registering.

Can I transfer graduate credits from another school into this program?

You can request to transfer up to 8 hours from another program into some graduate degrees as long as you make the request at the beginning of your program so your coursework can be reviewed.  Requests to transfer courses into the program once you have begun will not be honored.  We also do not guarantee that courses from another university will transfer.  Please complete and submit the Transfer Credit Form for review of your transfer credits:

Programs that do NOT accept transfer credits are:

Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement
Professional Tennis Management
Master's in Coaching Education - Soccer
 

How do I register for classes?

Please visit the eCampus Registration page: https://www.ohio.edu/ecampus/student-knowledge-center/resources/registration.html#anchor for information regarding registration.  Refer to the Plan of Study provided by your advisor to select the courses you should enroll in each semester.

The Office of the University Registrar website also includes registration instructions. If you have questions, call their office at 740.593.4324 or email registration@ohio.edu. If you have technical questions about the registration system, call the Office of Information Technology at 740.593.1222 or email servicedesk@ohio.edu.

 

What happens if I miss taking classes for a semester and then want to enroll again?

You will need to submit a completed re-enrollment form in order to be able to register again after missing one semester or more.

How can I get a hold released on my account?

If it is a financial hold, you will need to pay your bill in full before the hold will be released.

If you have an academic hold, it means your GPA has fallen below 3.0 and you may be either put on probation or dismissed.  Please consult with your advisor to discuss your options.

When do I need to apply to graduate?

You will need to apply to graduate in the final semester of your program.  Certificate and degree-seeking students must all apply in order to have their certificate or diploma conferred.  Students completing endorsement programs do not need to apply to graduate, however. Participation in commencement is optional.

Please visit www.ohio.edu/registrar/graduation-faq to review information about applying to graduate. If you miss the deadline, you can still apply, but your diploma may be delayed and you may not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony in the fall or spring semester.

How do I know my grade for my class?

As you progress through the course, grades for assignments are posted in Blackboard. Click here for instructions on how to check grades in Blackboard.

Your official final grade for your class is posted on your MyOHIO Portal, usually a week after the end of the course. You will sign in, click on "other academic..." drop-down box, choose "Grades,” and click arrow.

What GPA do I need to keep or maintain while in the program?

Graduate students are required to keep and maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate and to meet SAP financial aid requirements. Students who do not hold a cumulative 3.0 GPA and do not have the potential to successfully recover their GPA within the remaining coursework will be dismissed from the program.

What happens if I get a grade of C- or lower?

A grade of C- or lower is considered failing. C- or less is not acceptable at the graduate level. Graduate students are expected to receive at least a C or better in every course. If you receive lower than a C, then you will need to retake the course when it comes available again in the carousel course sequence. Refer to the Graduate Catalog.

If you fail a class, you will be expected to retake that course when it is available. Once completed, your previous failing grade and your new grade will be combined to determine your recorded grade for that course and your overall GPA.

How can I drop classes from my schedule?

If you wish to drop classes from your schedule, you should use the MYOHIO portal to remove them.  To drop all classes from your schedule once the semester has started, you will need to reach out to the Graduate College.

 

What is academic probation and how do I remove it?

If your cumulative GPA in the program drops below 3.0, you will be put on academic probation and unable to register for the following semester until your hold is released following the submission of grades for the semester. You will need to bring your GPA up.

How do I submit a dismissal appeal?

Email Patton College Associate Dean Dr. Ann Paulins at paulins@ohio.edu with a detailed description of why you should be reinstated. If approved, you will receive a letter from Dr. Ann Paulins and Dr. Bruce Martin that includes the conditions you must meet to continue in the program. You must then submit a re-enrollment form and work with your advisor to submit an updated Plan of Study before registering for coursework.

I am eligible for the GI Bill or another sponsoring program. How do I take advantage of those benefits?

If your tuition and fees will be either partially or fully paid by a third-party sponsoring organization (your company, the military, or other sponsor), you must provide tuition assistance forms or other billing authorization to the Office of the Bursar by the due date of your account charges. Additional information may be found on our Sponsored Students page (sponsored students are those students that are registered and require Ohio University to bill an outside sponsor/employer for their tuition and fees while they attend the university). 

This information was provided by the Office of the Bursar.

Can I enroll in two online programs at the same time?

Unfortunately, no. Except in a very few special cases, the Office of the Bursar requires that each student be enrolled in only one program at a time.