Student Resources for Online Learning
The following information and resources are provided to help answer questions you may have, as well as determine if online and hybrid learning is right for you.
Enrolling in Online and Hybrid Courses
Interested in enrolling in an online or hybrid course? To view the entire list of online and hybrid courses offered at Butler:
- Navigate to the Class Search.
- Set the Term to "Year term."
- Click the Additional Search Criteria dropdown.
- In the Mode of Instruction menu, select "Online" or "Hybrid."
- Click "Search."
Whether delivered face-to-face, online, or hybrid, all courses share the same credit hour requirements for students. The Higher Learning Commission requires a minimum of 45 hours of instructional activity for each credit hour. The estimated minimum total time of engagement for a 3-credit hour course is as follows:
|3 Credit Hour Course Duration||Weekly Contact Hours||Weekly Homework Hours||
Weekly Estimated Time of Student Engagement
|15 Weeks||3 Hours||6 Hours||9 Hours|
|3 Hours||7 Hours||10 Hours|
|13 Weeks||3.5 Hours||7 Hours||10.5 Hours|
|12 Weeks||4 Hours||7.25 Hours||11.25 Hours|
|11 Weeks||4.25 Hours||8.25 Hours||12.5 Hours|
|10 Weeks||4.5 Hours||9 Hours||13.5 Hours|
|9 Weeks||5 Hours||10 Hours||15 Hours|
|8 Weeks||6 Hours||11 Hours||17 Hours|
|7 Weeks||6.5 Hours||13 Hours||19.5 Hours|
|6 Weeks||7.5 Hours||15 Hours||22.5 Hours|
|5 Weeks||9 Hours||18 Hours||27 Hours|
|4 Weeks||11 Hours||23 Hours||34 Hours|
|3 Weeks||15 Hours||30 Hours||45 Hours|
|2 Weeks||22.5 Hours||45 Hours||67.5 Hours|
These courses are as rigorous and require the same time commitment as campus-based courses. Students assume a more active role in managing their learning experience and, therefore, should be independent, motivated, and possess time-management skills.
To determine if online/hybrid learning is a good fit for you, we encourage you to take a few moments to complete this self-assessment.
Online and hybrid courses are delivered through a Learning Management System (LMS). Butler uses Canvas as the LMS. For Canvas to function properly and access course materials, you will need a computer with the following:
- High-speed Internet connection
- 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.
- A USB headset with a microphone and a webcam to participate in synchronous course events (required by some instructors). Note: A computer with built-in speakers, microphone, and webcam are sufficient.
Always refer to the course syllabus for detailed information regarding the technical requirements for the course. You can also visit Student Computer Recommendations for up-to-date requirements for student computers.
For more information or assistance in setting up your computer for the online learning environment, contact the Help Desk at 317-940-HELP.
Yes. Students enrolled in online/hybrid courses should contact Student Disability Services (SDS) to request disability-related accommodations. Please visit Student Disability Services for more information.
For an individualized, confidential discussion regarding your specific situation, contact SDS at 317-940-9308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can find additional help information on the Butler LibGuides site. Depending on the course, you may have a LibGuide created specifically for your class or a general LibGuide for your subject area. Additionally, the Center for Academic Technology creates and updates LibGuides for class projects involving technology and for our BU supported tools. These CAT LibGuides include:
- Concept Mapping LibGuide
- Digital Storytelling LibGuide
- e-Portfolios LibGuide
- Infobase LibGuide
- Panopto LibGuide
- Podcasting LibGuide
Online students needing technology help can contact the IT Help Desk by logging into ask.butler.edu and submitting a ticket. Students can also find self-help resources on Ask.Butler, including:
- Ally Help Index (Students)
- Canvas Help Index (Students)
- Panopto Help Index
- Proctorio Help Index (Students)
- WordPress Help Index
Canvas 24/7 Support
Students have access to 24/7 help from the Canvas support team. Contact Canvas Support at 1 (844) 483-5026 or through their online chat.
Keep Calm and Study On
At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Butler Information Commons students created emergency remote learning resources for students, including: