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What is an online course?

Online courses are designed to allow you to study at home. You will be given a username and password to access the course material that has been prepared by your instructor and will include a syllabus, schedule, course content material, quizzes, assignments, etc. You will communicate over the Internet with your instructor and classmates using email and discussion areas.

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I'm not very comfortable with a computer, can I still register for a course?

At a minimum, you will need to be able to connect to the Internet, send files, research on the web, enter a URL to get to your course, use email and follow instructions for updating a browser or downloading plug-ins that are needed for your course. An advisor can suggest some courses that are helpful in learning some of these skills.

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Can I start a course and complete a course anytime I want?

Yes, you are given complete flexibility to study at your own pace, however we do have a suggestion schedule to help you complete the course in a timely fashion.

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Is it easier to take an online course than a traditional classroom course?

Online Learning is designed for flexibility.  Your instructor will guide you through the learning process but will not be present to hold your hand through a learning exercise as in a face-to-face situation, however, you may contact your instructor for help.

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Will I have to attend any residencies?

Requirements for each course varies.  Currently only the Master's degree in Leadership degree contains a recommended residency portion.  Every other program offered by VIEN does not.

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How and where do I take tests?

All testing takes place online.  The Vision Philosophy of Education sees Examinations as a learning tool, not an evaluation tool.  Therefore, all exams are open-book and may be completed on your own time.

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Do online courses cost more?

Generally, online courses do not cost more. Some courses do carry an online service fee.

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How will I communicate with my instructor?

Most communication will take place within the Online Learning Environment or via email. In addition, you will be provided additional contact information by your instructor.

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How do I get started?

Browse through our selection of online courses and programs or view our How to Register instructions.

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