E-Learning and Instructional Support

Kresge Library, Room 430
100 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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Office: (248) 370-4566
Help: (248) 805-1625

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in an online course?

  1. Look at the list of fully online courses.
  2. Contact the Office of Admissions to be admitted to Oakland University if you are not already a student.
  3. Contact the Registrar's Office for enrollment information. Enrollment into online courses is the same as traditional courses.
  4. Login to Moodle with your OU email account.

What type of person is best suited for an online course?
An online course is a natural fit if you are a independent, curious learner who can understand information by reading and if you don't need to hear all directions orally to remember them. If you need the stimulation of instant feedback from your classmates and instructor, choose online courses that offer chat sessions. If you have obligations or problems that don't allow you to travel to traditional college courses, then online courses with bulletin board discussions will be a convenience for you. But anyone can take and succeed at online courses.

Will I need to type much in an online course?
Yes, it would be a good idea to know how to type at least 20 to 30 words a minute. You can try an online typing test to see how fast you type.

Do online courses cost more than traditional courses?
No, they cost the same amount as traditional courses and carry the same credit.

Do I need to purchase a textbook for the e-Learning course?
Most of the e-Learning courses require that you purchase a textbook for the course. Please visit the OU Bookstore web site for information on your specific course. That site also has contact information (phone, fax, etc) for the book store if you need it.

Do I need to purchase any special software for the course?
No, usually there is no special software necessary to use a course, but you will need a recent version of a web browser. See the Computer Requirements and Logon Procedures links for more information) about the learning management system requirements. Your instructor may have special software requirements for a particular course.

Do I need to have a computer for the course?
You need to have access to a computer to participate in the course that has a dependable Internet Service Provider. Cable and DSL connections are best for accessing Moodle. A 56K modem will work as well, but it will take a longer wait for Moodle pages to load.

Will I need to come to campus for any class meetings?
Some courses do require that you attend some on-campus class meetings. You can check the Oakland University Schedule of Classes or ask your instructor to see if your course has any on-campus requirements.

Is this course easier than the same course delivered in the traditional face-to-face format?
No, e-learning faculty have ensured that the same learning objectives found in the traditional format are found in the e-learning format. The only difference is the way the course is delivered.

What is Moodle?
Moodle stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. It is an online course management system or software, that is used at Oakland University to offer web-enhanced and completely online courses. You access Moodle with the most current version of your preferred browser, on any computer that is connected to the Internet. Log in with your Oakland University email account. There are student orientations if you need help in log in procedures or navigation.

How do I get to my Moodle class on the Web?
You should ask your instructor for instructions, but generally speaking you should visit Moodle and then log on using your university NETID username and password.