At Johnson & Wales University’s College of Online Education, our goal is to deliver an exceptional education that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and professional growth. We know that sometimes life can get in the way of your plans — but that doesn’t mean you can’t further or complete your education. Our students are career professionals who are working toward real goals. With the help of our skilled, industry-trained faculty and staff, you can complete your degree online too.
When students first begin to consider online learning as an alternative to a traditional classroom setting, they often have questions about the process. Is it easier to take classes online? What is the deal with projects or exams? Is there a specific schedule to follow? What type of degree will I have when I finish?
Here are four common questions about online learning, answered:
What kinds of assignments would I need to complete?
Each course has a syllabus that outlines expectations and requirements for the course. Each online course has activities, assignments and assessments required throughout the course according to a schedule. Participation requirements may include posting a certain number of original messages, responding to a certain number of other posts, or logging in and contributing a certain number of times each week.
It is important that you stick to the schedule for the course. The schedule exists to make sure you and your classmates are engaged in the same content and online discussions as the same time, which leads to a quality online learning experience.
Exams are completed online in ulearn. Placement exams and challenge exams (if applicable) require proctored exams/assessments.
Do I have to log in at a certain time each day?
You are not required to be online at any given time. All coursework is completed on your own time. Occasionally the instructor may offer live chat meetings or web conferencing sessions, but you will not be required to attend to them.
How do I know what types of careers I can have with this degree
There are so many resources available to you as a JWU student! Along with your professors and dedicated online academic advisor, you will have access to the Experiential Education & Career Services office for information on internships, interview prep, resume assistance and more. Each JWU student also has access to jwuLink, which houses the university’s network of employers and career resources.
Online students also have access to our Career Catalyst blog, where we post helpful tips and information on topics ranging from online education to landing your first job.
What kind of computer do I need to have?
In order to fully participate and be successful in online courses, you'll need regular and reliable access to a computer with high-speed Internet access. Click here for our most recent list of computer and browser requirements.
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