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Students - Navigating Online & Hybrid Courses

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Here are a list of definitions for Instructional Delivery Methods  

Computer Requirements for Online Courses

Getting Started

  1. Test out your internet before your first class and make sure you have a stable connection.
  2. Have a good quality set of speakers or headphones to ensure you can hear class conversation.
  3. If your class requires or allows verbal participation make sure you have a working microphone and you know how it integrates with the software your professor is using.
    • NOTE: many headphones have a built in microphone
  4. Talk to your professor as soon as possible if you know that you will not have internet access on a particular day.
  5. If you have or think that you may have a disability, please visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website by clicking here.

If you need help navigating your online courses, please visit Tips for students navigating online classes. There are other great resources for students. You can visit Academic Success in a Virtual World for resources on how to stay connected, or visit the Student Respondus Guide for information on how to download and test Respondus LockDown Browser.

Computer Support

As Engineering students, you have access to free computer support through the SWAT (Software Assistance and Triage) office

Further Assistance

If you have any other questions regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your courses, finances, and scheduling, please visit the Student FAQ website. Or you can contact us at