If you thought taking online classes was a lonely experience, where class content is delivered in (yawn) static PowerPoint slides, welcome to online education—Ball State-style. Our online classes are a social space where you communicate with the instructor and your classmates regularly through channels such as:
- discussion boards
- file sharing
- web page posting
And if you don’t know what those tools are now, don’t worry. That will just be part of the learning process, and you’ll get guidance along the way.
Our online faculty—the same professors who teach on the Ball State campus—receive instructional support in developing and teaching online courses. You can expect them to use the best possible practices and the latest tools in your classroom.
As a general rule, expect to spend at least two to three hours a week on assignments and readings for every one credit you’re taking. Graduate-level courses usually require more time.
Types of Courses
Most of Ball State’s online classes are taught in an “asynchronous” format. In simpler words, you have regular (usually weekly) assignments and deadlines that you complete at times and places most convenient for you. Because there is no specific login time each week, you can access course content at any time around your job and family obligations.
You may also be conducting a good part of your work offline. Assignments such as reading, writing papers, and studying for tests is often done offline before you return online to submit assignments or take part in discussions.
Fixed-time Online Courses
Some courses in graduate-level business administration, educational studies, or leadership programs are taught as fixed-time, online courses.
This means the courses are taught live on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, and are simultaneously live-streamed for you to watch online. Classes are taught on specific days at specific times, usually after 6 p.m. You are expected to view these classes as they are occurring on campus, unless your instructor indicates that you can watch recorded versions on your own time. Muncie is in the Eastern time zone.
We recommend that you understand the course delivery options within the program you choose to make sure it is a good fit for you. Your advisor can help you.