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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:

  1. Navigate to the Class Search.
  2. Set the Term to "Year term."
  3. Click the Additional Search Criteria dropdown.
  4. In the Mode of Instruction menu, select "Online" or "Hybrid."
  5. Click "Search."

What is the typical workload for an online or hybrid course?


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:

minimum engagement hours for a 3-credit course
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

14 Weeks

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

Is an online or hybrid course right for you?

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.

What are the technical requirements for online/hybrid learning?

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.
  • JavaScript enabled.
  • 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.

Can I get disability-related accommodations for an online/hybrid course?

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


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:

Technology Help


Online students needing technology help can contact the IT Help Desk by logging into and submitting a ticket. Students can also find self-help resources on Ask.Butler, including:

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: