Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to your general questions about E-Campus, how online learning works, and what you can expect from your experience.
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General Info About Online Courses
Understand how online courses are different than traditional courses and who can enroll in online courses.
- Online courses are conducted via the Internet.
- Hybrid courses blend online instruction with a traditional classroom experience. A typical hybrid course will meet on campus one time per week and the remainder of the content will be delivered online.
Miami University Regionals has divided courses into three categories: Online Courses, Hybrid Courses, and Traditional Courses.
- Online courses have no location-based delivery which means students are not required to come to campus for class. Students can complete these classes from almost anywhere with a reliable internet connection.
- Hybrid courses usually have a component where students may be required to come to campus, usually no more than 50% of the class time.
- Traditional courses will require the student to come to campus.
If you are a new student and have not yet applied to Miami Regionals, please visit Admissions. Online programs and courses are a good fit for just about any type of student: Our valued Veterans, high school students, returning students, transfer students, and those changing career direction.
While Miami University is authorized to provide distance learning in many states, authorization to offer all online programs/courses/degrees is not practical because of the complexity and fluidity of requirements in some states, including differing requirements by academic program.
State Authorization refers to state regulation of distance education courses and programs offered to residents of a particular state by an educational institution based in another state, as well as state regulation of various non-distance activities within a particular state by institutions outside of that state. State authorization requirements vary widely from state to state and change frequently.
Cost and Available Aid for Online Courses
Online students are able to get the same quality experience at an affordable price. The Miami University Board of Trustees approved a fee of $35.00 per credit hour for all online and hybrid courses in addition to Regionals tuition and fees.
Tuition rates for the 2023 - 2024 academic year:
Ohio residents pay $338.26 per credit hour.
Non-Ohio residents pay $350.00 per credit hour.
Find Answers About What to Expect with Online Courses
Learn more about technology requirements, textbooks, and the virtual classroom experience.
Unless otherwise stated, all course activities (discussions, tests, assignments, etc. ) are due by their stated due date and in Eastern Time (EST). Regardless of the time zone in which you are located, the classroom will record your submission in Eastern Time. The Eastern Time zone is the same time zone in which Miami University is located.
For more information about time zones and which time zone you are located in, please visit TimeAndDate.com.
All Miami University online courses utilize Canvas, the university learning management system to facilitate the course and learning interactions. It will be important for all online students to become familiar with Canvas.
Here are some online tutorials that might be helpful: Canvas Student Guide.
Online Instructors and Students
All online courses have a dedicated instructor. Learn more about faculty and students in online classes.
Commonly-used Online Learning Terms
- E-Campus - E-Campus (short for electronic learning) is an umbrella term that refers to all types of training, education, and instruction that occur on a digital medium, like a computer or mobile device.
- Online Course(s) - An instructional approach that does not require class attendance on campus. Students complete all learning and regular interactions (content, instructor, and peers) via a virtual classroom or web-based tools with minimal synchronous (live) requirements.
- Hybrid Course(s) - An instructional approach that includes a combination of online and in-person learning activities. The technology-delivered components include teaching and learning activities and reduce the time traditionally spent in the face-to-face classroom.
- Asynchronous Activities - A learning event where students engage in learning without the constraints of time or location to meet course deadlines. For example, the use of digital repositories, on-demand videos/demonstrations, e-mail, discussion forums, independent projects, and wikis/collaborative documents allows for students and faculty to collaborate and learn at independent times.
- Synchronous Activities - A learning event where students engage in learning at the same time, but not necessarily in the same location. For example, the use of instant messaging, live chat, webinars, virtual worlds, and video conferencing allows students and faculty to collaborate and learn in real time.
- Learning Management System (LMS) - A technology platform that is used to administer, document, track, and deliver course(s) and/or training programs. The platform includes tools to facilitate online learning such as discussion forums, quizzes, notifications, peer review, group work, gradebook, e-portfolio, etc.
- Mobile Learning - Learning that takes place on a hand-held device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, that can take place anytime and anywhere.