Online courses at URI are a great way to fit classes into a busy schedule, save time and money on commuting, or challenge yourself with a new way of learning. Whether you are taking class online or on-campus, we want you to succeed!
If you're unsure whether online learning is right for you, we've put together a few questions to ask yourself.
We also want you to understand the new responsibilities involved in taking an online course. Check out this helpful comparison chart to see how online may differ from your experience in previous courses and visit the frequently asked questions to learn more.
Here's a quick orientation to get you started. We'll introduce you to our online 'classroom', and cover three areas important to your success in an online course: technology, communication, and time management.
URI's web/online classroom is generally offered in Sakai - this is the web platform where you access course content, updates and classroom exchanges.
You will learn how to access online courses, and what types of assignments may be required.
Of course, all instructors have their own format and required activities. This will require flexibility, and it may be useful to visit each of your courses the first week and make sure you understand all the features for each class.
You don't need to be a computer expert!
But, it is helpful to have some basic computer skills, the recommended technology and a "plan B" when taking an online class.Basic Computer Skills
Still have questions? Check out our technology support page.
You're not alone!
When taking an online class, you will still be able to engage in conversation and get to know your professor and classmates.
In fact, you are more likely to succeed in your course if you take the time to participate in discussions and ask questions on a regular basis. Here's a helpful guide for etiquette in your online class.
Online courses run on the same schedule as face to face courses and require the same time commitment.Get started on the right path
While online classes do offer flexibility, it is very important to keep on track. Students have reported that they do better in an online course when having a plan.
Anna Vaccaro '12Communication Studies
Gender & Women's Studies
"Because of online courses, I was able to finish my degrees despite having limited childcare available to me as a single parent. As a student, I strongly benefited from the way the online format encourages active participation skills. Passivity is not an option in a classroom style that requires you to consistently, meaningfully contribute to the class in order to prove your presence and earn your grade."