Frequently Asked Questions about Online Courses at Marist:

What is an online course like?

Online courses have many features similar to traditional classroom-based classes, such as lecture notes, discussions, assignments, and exams. The system offers a range of tools designed to facilitate interactions with project materials, instructors, and peers. Marist's iLearn video demo provides an excellent overview of an online student's classroom experience. 

How will I know what to expect?

Approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the course, students will receive a welcome kit via email containing information about books and orientation.  Students new to online learning at Marist will be required to attend the online orientation to introduce them to the virtual environment and how to navigate the online course.

How do I access the course?

The course is delivered through our online collaborative learning environment, called iLearn. Students use their Marist account and password to access the contents of the course 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

What are the minimum web browser and system requirements to access iLearn?

For optimal performance, we recommend using the latest versions of either Internet Explorer or Firefox.  Click to download the latest version of Internet Explorer and Firefox for free.  

Operating System: Windows 2000, MAC OSX 10.2.x and later.
Hardware: 512MB of RAM

Note: iLearn does not support the Camino, Opera, Chrome, or Safari web browsers.

Do I have to be online at a specific time?

Generally, classes do not meet at any particular time. The flexibility gained  is one of the great benefits of taking an online course.  Instructors may set up group chats or post online "office hours" at a particular time. Usually, the instructor will ask for the availability of those in the class and will schedule group chats to reflect the availability.  Instructors will usually post due dates for assignments at the beginning of the course.

How much time will I have to devote to an online course?

Marist's online courses are equivalent to a traditional semester-length Marist course, even if they are offered in an accelerated Winter 4-week or  Fall/Spring/Summer 10-week course format. Students spend approximately 3-4 hours per week on the Internet and roughly 8-12 hours per week on homework (e.g., reading, research and completing assignments). 

How do I order my books?

Students can order their books online by visiting the Marist Bookstore website at Marist Bookstore and searching for their class by course number. The books will then be shipped to the address specified. Local students can also visit the Marist Bookstore at the main campus in Poughkeepsie.

How do I get in touch with my instructor?

Communication is highly valued and strongly encouraged in online courses.  Instructors are accessible via email, during weekly office hours, and online discussion forums.  In addition, instructors will also provide their phone numbers and other contact information.

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