Online Learning Online learning at Hamline includes both fully online and blended (online combined with face-to-face) class opportunities. Online courses are offered in many Hamline programs, including in many professional development and certificate programs, a fully online Master's Degree in ESL, and a partially online MAED: Natural Science & Environmental Education. Blended courses are offered in continuing studies, certificate, licensure, and degree programs. Prospective Students If you are considering an online or blended course, you may have many questions, including "what is online learning like?" or "what technology do I need?". Get answers to these questions and more in our FAQs on online learning. Current Students Logging in to Blackboard Blackboard courses do not become available until the course start date. If you login before that date, you may not see your course listed yet. Continuing Studies and Professional Development Students View instructions on how to register. Frequently Asked Questions Is online learning right for me? Online learning provides a unique learning experience. Acquisition and synthesis of knowledge, community building, collaboration, social interaction, all online. To create a robust online learning environment, a number of technology tools may be employed. To be successful, learners should consider the following: TIME: Online learning takes time. You will be expected to log in to your course at least 3 times per week. While you are not traveling to campus for class sessions, you will be spending an equivalent amount of time online, reading, completing assignments and online discussions; there will be additional time for homework assignments as well. Expect to spend 10-15 hours per week on your online course. LEARNER DISPOSITION: Successful online learners will be self-motivated and self-disciplined, good time-managers, comfortable with technology (both hardware and software), and have good reading and writing skills. TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS AND SKILLS: While you don't need to be a technical wizard, you should be a frequent computer user and be comfortable with your computer skills. You will need a headset (earphone and microphone), a webcam, and home access to a high-speed internet connection. You should be familiar with your computer's operating system and basic file functions You should also be familiar with internet browsing: your browser settings, pop-ups, cookies, printing documents from the internet, uploading and downloading files You will likely encounter the following software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat pdf. If you don't have these software programs on your computer, there are free viewers available online. Depending on the instructional objectives of each course, you may be asked to use a variety of technology tools. These may or may not include a wiki, blog, social networking, collaborative presentation software, Elluminate live real-time conferencing software, and other web 2.0 tools as needed. Learners should be willing to experiment with new technologies. HAVE A BACK UP PLAN! Even if you don't expect computer problems, you must be prepared for them. You will be responsible for arranging alternate access to the online course, and keeping up with assignments until your computer problems are remedied. What is online learning like? Courses are accessed through the internet using Blackboard online learning course software. Each course has a designated start and end date. Lessons are posted weekly by the course instructor, and students select and work on the assignments. Whole-class and small-group discussions are conducted through an internet-based discussion tool. Students are required to contribute to each discussion two to three times per week and may log on anytime day or night. Students must spend adequate study time on the course (12-16 hours per week for a 4 semester credit course). Hamline's online courses are NOT independent study experiences; they are collaborative experiences in which students progress through course modules together, working and discussing collaboratively. How do I find a listing of currently offered online courses? Click Search Courses and then search by COURSE LOCATION, specifying "Online." Clicking any course title will lead to specific course schedules, descriptions, and online or mail-in registration information. How do I register for an online course? You can register online via Piperline.