Beginning with Summer 2013 classes, there will be a requirement for students to take an Online Learning Orientation prior to registering for a fully online class.
In a 2011 survey, Ferris faculty who taught online indicated a strong need for students to learn the online learning platform prior to taking fully online classes. As a result, the E-Learning Management Advisory Team has been working on a new tutorial for students, which will better prepare them to be successful in their online courses.
We will be making this orientation available to students beginning the week of December 10th. The orientation and waiver form can both be found at www.ferris.edu/online. The orientation should take less than 1 hour for a student to complete. Our intent would be to require any student who would be taking a fully online class in Summer 2013 to take this orientation prior to registration. The exceptions to this requirement are listed below.
Students would only need to complete the orientation one time, which would fulfill the prerequisite need for any additional / future fully online courses.
As mentioned above, there are exceptions that you should be aware of:
In this new process, Extended and International Operations (EIO) and the academic
departments will work together to ensure a smooth implementation.
The process will be:
Again, students only need to complete the waiver or take the orientation ONCE. Once their completion status is loaded into Banner, it will fulfill the requirement, so during any future registrations they would not get that prerequisite test score error. Please feel free to direct any questions to Deb Thalner at 810-429-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Director, Online Learning
Last updated: 02-04-2013