Butler University will be offering 46 fully online and hybrid
courses during our 2014 summer sessions. If you are considering
enrolling in online and/or hybrid courses or you already have, the
following information and resources have been provided to answer
your questions and help you succeed.
What is Online Learning?
Online learning is a form of distance education that uses
technology to create a virtual classroom. Course materials are
delivered and received via the Internet. This provides you with
access to online course materials from any computer at any time
through a web browser. Online learning provides you with a hands-on
experience and flexibility not often found in traditional classroom
Online courses can be:
- Asychronous - instructional time and
interactions with peers are not
delivered "live." You choose when to access materials and
respond to your instructor and peers within the framework of the
- Synchronous - some or all instructional time
and/or peer interaction is
delivered "live" and you are expected to attend online
at designated times.
To further aid you in determining whether online learning
may be a good fit, we encourage you to take a moment to
complete this self-assessment.
How Does Online Learning Work?
Online coursework is taught by the same faculty who teach on
campus, and receives the same college credit as the comparable
on-campus course(s). As an online student you are expected to meet
deadlines for assignments, quizzes, exams, discussion
participation, group projects, and/or additional learning
activities as assigned by your instructor.
Course materials often include documents, videos, web-based
resources, pre-recorded lectures and seminars, and textbooks or
eBooks. Discussions with your peers and one-on-one interactions
with your instructor typically occur online via e-mail and
discussion boards, as well as through teleconferencing
Is Online Learning Right for Me?
Online learning provides an option for those who want a course
from a Butler University faculty member while off campus over the
summer or need flexibility in their on-campus summer schedule.
However, it may take some time to become accustom to the rigors and
requirements of online learning.
Online coursework requires substantial self-discipline and
commitment to learning. Online courses are as rigorous and require
the same time commitment as campus based courses. As online student
you assume a more active role in managing your learning experience,
and therefore, you should be:
- A Good Time Manager
To aid you in determining whether online learning may be a good
fit, we encourage you to take a
few moments to complete this self-assessment.
What is Hybrid Learning?
Some courses combine aspects of online learning with
classroom-based instruction to give you the flexibility of online
learning and the benefits of face-to-face time with your instructor
and peers. The amount of time you are required to complete course
work online and attend campus-based classroom sessions varies from
course to course. Your instructor determines how much time is spent
in each learning environment. To determine if a hybrid course
fits into your schedule, please refer to the schedule of classes to
confirm the dates and times for the required on-campus
What are the Technical Requirements for Online Learning?
Online and hybrid courses are delivered through a Learning
Management System (LMS). Butler uses the Moodle LMS. In order
for Moodle to function properly and access course materials you
- Computer with an internet connection. A broadband internet
connection is preferred.
- Compatible operating system and browser. A computer
manufactured within the last three years with a current version of
Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser is sufficient.
- Flash Player installed.
- USB headset with microphone and a webcam to participate in
sychronous course events (required by some instructors).
Please note: the speakers and microphone built
into the computer ARE NOT sufficient.
Always refer to your course syllabus for detailed information
concerning the technical requirements for your course.
For more information or assistance setting up your computer for
the online learning environment contact the Help Desk (317)
Disability Related Accommodations
Students who wish to request disability-related accommodations
are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services (SDS)
immediately to discuss support services and accommodations.
Students need to be aware that timely disclosure of a disability
helps to ensure there is adequate time to make the necessary
accommodations preparations, particularly in situations where
captioning, audio description services or alternative text is
required. At least two week advance notice is needed in order to
ensure timely delivery of certain types of accommodation; although,
every effort will be made to fulfill accommodation requests made
with less notice.
Students who are enrolled in either online or in-classroom
coursework must first register for services with SDS before
accommodation requests can be considered. A student establishes
eligibility by first submitting the appropriate written
documentation to the office of Student Disability Services
(SDS). After documentation review, an individualized
discussion is then scheduled with the student by an SDS staff
member after which a determination can then be made regarding
reasonable accommodations. Please visit Student
Disability Services for more information regarding the
Please contact SDS at (317) 940-9308 or at email@example.com for
an individualized, confidential discussion regarding your specific