Are course taught by real UM-Flint faculty?
Yes! UM-Flint's online courses are taught by the same respected faculty teaching on UM-Flint’s physical campus.
I'm not very tech-savvy. Will I still be able to successfulLy take online courses?
While you do need some basic technology skills, online classes don’t require you to be a computer whiz. For those who still feel a bit intimidated, technical support and resources are available for all online and on-campus students.
Can online learning still be engaging and interactive?
You might be pleasantly surprised about the level of engagement and interaction that happens in an online learning environment. From using web conferencing tools like Zoom to posting in discussion board forums and collaborating in google documents and chat functions, there are several ways to interact and connect with professors and classmates.
Additionally, UM-Flint provides several tools, training, and video production support to help faculty enhance their presence in the virtual classroom.
Are online courses lower quality than in-person classes?
UM-Flint’s online courses are held to the same rigorous standards and accreditation requirements as traditional courses. Most online courses utilize the same curriculum and maintain the same academic expectations as the course taught on-campus. It’s only the delivery method that’s different.
Additionally, many of UM-Flint’s faculty take advantage of a wide array of free workshops, online training, and course design support to ensure quality course content.
Do online students receive the same services as face-to-face students?
Even if you’re not physically on campus, you will still have access to the same resources as traditional students. UM-Flint offers a full complement of online student services, including advising, financial aid and library services, tutoring, and the Student Veterans Center.
How does the university prevent cheating in online courses?
All UM-Flint instructors have access to tools that monitor and record student quiz and exam sessions as well as check student writing for plagiarism. When creating exams in Blackboard, instructors can use continuous low-stakes assessments, randomize questions, and impose time limits to make it more difficult to cheat during tests and other assignments.
Will I still be able to get to know my instructors and fellow students?
It’s a common misconception that online instructors are faceless. However, technologies like Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra are commonly used for real-time video conversations in group work, interactive lecturing, exam review, and more. Smart phone-recorded videos can even be posted to discussion forums to help asynchronous interactions feel more personal and many instructors hold virtual office hours.