Online Learning Details
Taking courses online is just as rigorous, challenging and rewarding as traditional classroom courses—the differences being that you read course materials and communicate with your fellow students and your professors online. As a student in our online programs, you can access the user-friendly online environment anytime from anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection. When and where you study is up to you—you just have to submit your assignments by the deadlines set by your instructor.
Queens offers plenty of support resources, so you won’t be isolated. Technical support is available 24/7 and you’ll have an academic advisor guiding you throughout the program. That’s in addition to help from your professors and classmates. We have even compiled a handy online education glossary to help you become familiar with words and phrases commonly seen in the online learning environment.
Queens’ motto is “Not to be served, but to serve.” We’re here to serve our online students with the best education, guidance and support the University has to offer.
Canvas: A Learning Management System Like No Other
Queens’ state-of-the-art learning management system, Canvas, takes online learning to the next level.
Canvas offers a variety of robust tools and unique features designed to augment your learning experience and facilitate interaction with your professors and classmates. Its feature set includes but is not limited to the following:
- Shared blogging
- Social media/community tools
- Skype web conferencing for live collaboration
- Instant messaging
- Easy access to coursework via mobile devices
In addition to providing you with an enhanced instructor presence and social learning capabilities, Canvas allows you to view course assignments, course syllabi and course readings; post to discussions and assignments; and interact with fellow classmates on the course wall.
Online Hardware and Software Requirements
- Any computer running a modern Operating System (OS). For example:
- Windows 7
- Mac OS/X
- Higher processor speed and more memory (RAM) will speed up your computer in general.
- A high speed/broadband internet connection.
- You might also need a webcam and a microphone for some courses in which web conferences or presentations are required.
- Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
Web Browser Requirements
The following web browsers are supported and tested:
With PCs running Windows OS:
- Chrome (Download Now)
- Safari (Download Now)
- Firefox 4.0 and above (Download Now)
- Internet Explorer version 8.0 and above (Download Now)
With Macs running OS X:
Make Sure Cookies Are Enabled
A cookie is a small file that is placed on your computer by the server. Cookies are a common Internet technology used by many respected websites, such as Amazon or eBay. Your browser has a setting that gives you control over allowing cookies. Since cookies are so common, your browser probably already has this function enabled.
Get more details about the technical requirements for the online programs at Queens: request more information or call us at 866-313-2356.