Service and Support:
KSU students registering for an online course are required to complete the online student readiness assessment before beginning their first online course. KSU Distance Learning relies on SmarterMeasure, an online learner readiness assessment to help students determine the planning and resources needed to succeed in a technology rich learning environment.
SmarterMeasure helps students prepare for a successful distance learning experience. Students are not penalized for guessing on SmarterMeasure. Upon completion of the assessment, students receive a score report, which will explain existing strengths, opportunities for improvement, and access to resources to promote a successful learning experience. The completion records are stored in Owl Express and instructors will verify completion prior to the start of the online course.
Yes, students can combine on-campus and online courses based on their needs and preferences.
Some programs are cohort-based online programs that specify separate admission requirements and processes. These programs do not open registration to all KSU students. Existing KSU students can search for available online courses through the KSU Online Course Search Tool or through Owl Express.
Registration preference for online courses is given to students that are designated Web Learners. The Web Learners program is for students that plan to complete their entire course of study in online programs. Students requiring learning support courses will not be eligible for the Web Learners program until all LSP courses have been satisfied and they are in good academic standing.
If you are interested in learning about how credits transfer from another institution, or from placement examinations, Kennesaw State University's Registrar provides information on transfer evaluations at http://registrar.kennesaw.edu/transfer/
A student may receive a total of 30 semester hours of credit by CLEP, AP, IB, and Institutional examination. A maximum of 24 semester hours may be awarded for International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.
KSU awards credit for the Advanced Placement Program (AP) tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Students may contact CollegeBoard.com to request official scores be forwarded to KSU for evaluation. AP Course Placement Equivalents may be found at: http://registrar.kennesaw.edu/transfer/ap_credit.php
All examination credit counts as credit earned (with a grade of "K") toward graduation in terms of hours earned and course credit earned, but these hours are not applied toward institutional graduation residency requirements and they are not calculated in the graduation grade point average (GPA).
Transfer evaluations are based on several criteria. Begin by reviewing the Transfer Articulation from your institution to equivalent courses at Kennesaw State University: https://owlexpress.kennesaw.edu/prodban/zwsktrna.P_find_state
Students enrolled in online degree programs may obtain a KSU ID through their program directors or by visiting card services on campus. Online students may electronically submit a photo. However KSU ID's will not be mailed. ID verification with a government issue ID is required by an authorized employee of Kennesaw State University before the KSU ID can be issued.
About Distance Learning:
Online courses at KSU are 95% or more distance education courses. Online learners may live in diverse areas and time zones, though occasionally a faculty member may request a campus visit for orientation or testing. A proctored exam alternative is made available for students at a geographic distance of 50 miles or more from campus. It is the student's responsibility to obtain proctor approval from the instructor prior to scheduling a proctored examination.
Hybrid courses at KSU are 50% on-campus classroom based courses, and 50% distance education. Hybrid courses replace one on-campus classroom meeting per week with distance education pedagogy and technologies. Students can expect out of class activities that are conducted via the Learning Management System. These may include discussion activities, virtual team meetings, wiki and blog activities, and self-guided assessments and evaluations.
E-learning includes all forms of electronically supported teaching and learning. The term is often used to reference both out of classroom and in-classroom educational experiences using technology. Most courses at KSU are e-learning courses and use the Desire2Learn system. Course notes, assignments, projects, evaluations and grades may be posted on web pages using this learning management system. Face-to-face courses may also be e-learning courses. Online Learning includes all forms of e-learning, but is predominantly delivered to distance learners.
An online student can expect to spend at least as much time in an online course as they would in a face-to-face course, and sometimes more. To give you a point of reference, for a 3-credit hour online course in a typical 16-week session, a student should expect to spend approximately 6-9 hours per week engaged in class work. In the summer semester, with the compressed 8-week schedule, the time dedicated per course will significantly increase.
The notion that online courses are easier is not true. They are more convenient, but still require the same dedication and attention as a face-to-face course.
Distance learning provides considerable freedom, allowing students to often choose when and where they'll participate in class activities.
- Save time and money spent commuting to a campus
- Continue working at your current job while you are taking classes
- Attend your class from anywhere as long as you have a high-speed internet connection
- Learn at your own pace and study at your convenience
- Learning new technologies
- Interact on equal footing
But students will have the same kinds of deadlines and structured responsibilities of a face-to-face class. In other words, flexibility must be balanced by responsibility. Like a face-to-face course, online courses require assignments be completed by due dates, your attendance (via logins to your course), involvement in online discussions, and sometimes group collaboration. Most students enjoy the active learning that online classes involve.
Distance learning is not easier than traditional classroom learning. While the benefits are many, students that enroll in an online course because they believe it is easier, soon learn differently. Self-motivation and discipline are required to succeed in distance learning courses. For many, distance learning offers access to education not previously available. It also provides a solution to flexibility needs, work and travel responsibilities, and family challenges.
A successful experience in distance learning requires a basic familiarity with technology. Resources are available for students through Information Technology Services for those interested in distance learning, but in need of a technology refresher. It is also strongly recommended that students have ready access to a computer or laptop with a high-speed Internet access, such as DSL or cable broadband. Online courses will require students to download and access course materials.
Distance learning success depends on preparation, motivation, dedication, and planning. If you are interested in completing an online degree or registering for an online course, please take the Online Student Readiness Assessment. The results will provide you with some helpful suggestions on how to best prepare yourself for a successful distance learning experience.
Costs and Benefits:
The Web Learners Program is only for KSU students enrolled in online degree programs at Kennesaw State University. New students must be admitted to KSU prior to completing the Web Learner Enrollment Form. Students must be in good academic standing prior to enrolling. Students requiring learning support courses will not be eligible for the Web Learners program until all LSP courses have been satisfied and they are in good academic standing. Web Learners are not allowed to register for on-campus or hybrid classes.
Web Learners will pay the Institutional ($265) and Technology ($50) fees plus the standard e-tuition rate. The Student Services Fee and Parking Permit Fees are waived. Yet those students with geographic accessibility, wishing to utilize campus resources, may do so by paying the fee associated with the service. Current KSU students enrolling as Web Learners receive priority registration for online courses during early registration. Please allow 24-48 hours for processing.
Web Learners must maintain good academic standing to remain in the program and to be eligible for priority registration the following semester.
If students choose later not to participate in the Web Learners program, they must formally opt-out of the program by completing the Web Learners Opt-Out Form before the end of drop/add of the current term.
The Web Learners program is for students enrolled or interested in online degree programs. As a registered Web Learner, you will have access to early registration for online courses.
Web Learners also have access to the same technology resources available to on-campus students. These resources can be accessed anywhere, anytime with an Internet connection. They include:
- The Virtual Owl - A cloud based computer lab with access to an extensive list of KSU hosted applications. These include: Microsoft Office 2010, Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, SPSS, SAS, and more.
- Dedicated personal storage on the Owl Drive. 500MB of file storage can be accessed through your Virtual Lab environment.
- Technology support from the Student Helpdesk via phone, 770-499-3555, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
While any KSU student may register for online courses, only online program students registered as Web Learners benefit from early registration. Students requiring learning support courses will not be eligible for the Web Learners program until all LSP courses have been satisfied and they are in good academic standing.
Students who are not part of an online program, but wish to complete an entire semester online, will benefit from the waiver of Student Services and Parking Permit Fees. Students taking full semesters online and not living on campus are also exempt from the mandatory meal plans.
Online courses at Kennesaw State University do cost more than on-campus courses. Undergraduate online courses have an e-tuition rate of $265.80 per credit hour ($797.40 for a 3-credit hour course). Graduate online courses are charged an e-tuition rate of $392 per credit hour ($1,176 for a 3-credit hour course). The online tuition rates apply whether or not you have signed up for the Web Learners Program.
Visit KSU Online Tuition and Fees for more details
The e-tuition helps to ensure the high quality of online courses and programs.
The e-tuition is allocated to the CIO's office for technology support, the Distance Learning Center for campus support, and the colleges for the strategic support of their distance learning initiatives. With the help of the e-tuition, the Distance Learning Center was established in the fall of 2010 to provide centralized leadership, support and resources to the university, colleges, faculty and students in the growth, administration, creation, and enhancement of high quality distance learning activities. The e-tuition supports this mission through investment in technology infrastructure, instructional technology resources and student support resources (DLC helpdesk, ITS student helpdesk, training and virtual labs for web learners).
The e-tuition rate was put into effect in Fall of 2008 to help support a growing need for technology infrastructure and to support KSU's distance learning initiatives. Our online courses are not differentiated from face-to-face courses in terms of expectations, rigor, and learning outcomes. Students receiving online degrees from KSU receive the same diploma as students attending traditional campus degree programs.
Developing and maintaining high-quality online programs and making sure these are equivalent to our on-campus programs requires substantial resources. KSU subscribes to the Quality Matters (QM) program; a faculty-centered, peer review process that certifies the quality of online courses. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) also partners with QM to train and certify faculty in the development and teaching of online courses. Each online course is peer-reviewed by a team of three faculty members and certified prior to being offered. This process ensures that the online courses offered at KSU are based in national standards of best practices and instructional design principles.
Since the fall of 2010, e-tuition was also used to create and maintain the DLC web-presence, student online readiness tools, and a new registration system to list Hybrid and Fully online courses clearly. E-tuition funding has also enabled KSU to purchase a closed captioning system for course videos to ensure ADA compliance, which offers online course access to students who are hearing impaired. Inter-departmental collaborations are also working to increase the number of mobile web applications on campus.
In the Distance Learning Center, online students have a strong advocate. Students enrolled as Web Learners or taking only online classes have all of the student services fees waived; paying only the technology and institutional fees (https://financialservices.kennesaw.edu/bursar/tuition). Yet those students with geographic accessibility, wishing to utilize campus resources, may do so by paying the fee associated with the service. Web Learners are an integral and valued part of the campus community.
Online learners will need a computer, internet access, basic software (such as Microsoft Office Suite, Windows Media Player, Quicktime movie player, anti-virus protection and a compatible browser), and auxiliary equipment (such as a webcam and microphone headset for video-based communication). Of course, technology needs will vary by course. But this list applies to the majority of courses.
Distance Learners will need reliable access to a desktop or laptop computer that has adequate memory and processing capabilities for large file downloads, video players, and synchronous meeting applications. Information Technology Services provides recommended specifications: http://its.kennesaw.edu/students/gettingstarted.html
The Distance Learning Center also strongly recommends a WebCam and Headset for video-based communication. Many newer laptop or monitor set-ups are pre-equipped. These items may be required by faculty on a course-by-course basis.
Online courses at KSU use the web to deliver courses at a distance. So, to learn in an online course smoothly, you need a high-speed Internet connection (such as DSL, Broadband, etc). This is especially important to the distance learning experience.
While this will vary by course, you will need a recent version of the Microsoft Office Suite. Access to MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel are expected and necessary for viewing course material or completing the assignment. Additional requirements include anti-virus protection, windows media player, QuickTime movie player, and a compatible browser. Visit http://its.kennesaw.edu/students/ for additional information on software training, compatibility and available downloads.
Students will gain access to their D2L courses a few days before the start of each term. After students are loaded, the students will see in D2L all courses for which they are registered. They will not have access to a course unless the faculty member has logged into the course at least once.
If a student registers during late registration/drop-add, it may take up to 48 hours to gain access to the course. Students are encouraged to contact their faculty member if they join a class during late registration. The faculty member may be able to assist in gaining immediate access to the course.
To become familiar with Desire2Learn, visit How it Works for a D2L course tour and Student Resources for Desire2Learn and Technology Support.