Frequently Asked Questions about Online Degree Programmes
- Course content (lectures, discussions, assignments, etc) is presented via the virtual classroom using the learning management system. Moodle in the case of Africa University.
- You can access the virtual classroom anytime anyplace provided you are connected to the Internet at home, at work, and even when travelling locally or internationally.
- Course material is presented using multimedia (text, graphics, audio, video) on a weekly basis and learning activities normally completed through assigned readings, discussions, assignments, etc
- You interact with other students and the instructor via the virtual classroom discussion board. You may also collaborate on group projects using web supported collaborative tools.
- You do not need to log in to the course site at any specific time during the day, but you do need to complete all your course work within the given weekly time frame.
- Some lectures may be presented and recorded live via videoconferencing to compliment learning activities in the virtual classroom. Recordings of live lectures will be made available to all class members.
- Exams are taken online under supervision at designated approved centres.
Students who excel in online learning are generally organised, motivated, independent, and have good time-management skills.
Your degree is exactly the same as that of a student who attends face to face learning. Your transcript and degree does not indicate the mode of study.
The same instructors who teach face to face courses also teach online courses.
The content of online courses is identical to that of courses taken on-campus. In fact, they require more discipline because students have to study the material on their own and keep up with the rest of the class.
You will feel more connected to others through regular discussions and participation. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your learning experience by interacting with students from a variety of locations and backgrounds.
The time taken to complete an online degree programme is about the same as the time taken to complete an on-campus programme. The difference is usually one to two months.
You should expect to spend an average of six to eight hours online per week accessing e-resources and participating in online discussions. The rest of your learning is usually completed offline.
You should have basic computer skills such as:
- Send and receive e-mails
- Use Microsoft Word
- Access e-resources from an online library database
- Navigate the Internet using a browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
- Perform basic research on the Internet
- A workstation such as Desktop or Laptop running Windows 7 or later
- Computer speakers or headset
- Internet connection
- Microsoft Word (version 2013 or later) OR Open Office downloaded free from the Internet
- Web Browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox)