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Here, you can find answers to some of the most common questions we get about Northwest Online. If you don't see your question here, e-mail it to us.
Northwest Online is an online extension of Northwest Missouri State University that offers courses and degrees through the Internet.
Although there is no need to be a computer expert to take an online ocurse, not everyone is successful when taking an online course. It has been found, for instance, that those who are successful in this endeavor display the following characteristics:
Source: David Brooks, Web-Teaching: A Guide to Designing Interactive Teaching for the World Wide Web
No. You can live anywhere and take courses through Northwest Online. As long as you have access to the Internet, you can participate in our courses.
Yes. Students taking courses through Northwest Online may be eligible for financial aid. To determine if you are eligible, you should contact a financial aid counselor at Northwest Missouri State University.
Please visit the Cashiering Office's web page to view tuition information.
Northwest Online fall and spring courses are 15 weeks long. Summer courses may run on shorter schedules. The course structure will require that you keep to these schedules in order to successfully complete the courses. If you feel you will need more time, you should contact your insturctor about getting an "Incomplete" grade for the course. Finishing earlier than the scheduled time can only be done with the permission of the course's instructor.
Northwest Online courses are only offered during the fall, spring, and summer trimesters. You will be expected to follow each course's schedule as outlined in its syllabus. The Academic Calendar lists important dates for the whole year.
Northwest Online offers several degrees. Visit the Programs page for more details.
You can find a list of available courses on the online course catalog.
The course schedule is available online or you can complete an (LINK TO INQUIRY) inquiry form to get on our mailing list.
Check the Admissions page for more information.
In order to take courses through Northwest Online, you must first go to the Admissions page and follow the on-screen instructions.
Check the Technical Information section to make sure your computer and web browser are compatible with Northwest Online courses.
Northwest Missouri State University degree programs are accredited.
You can contact the Northwest Online office at 660.562.1532.
We are always looking to add more courses. However, because Northwest Online stresses instructional quality over quantity, there can be a considerable development time in bringing new courses online. You should check the website periodically to look for new courses and degree programs.
Information about available library services may be found at the library website.
Students with disabilities may take online courses, but any adaptive computer equipment needed to fully access online courses must be provided by the student. For further information about obtaining assistance, please contact your instructor.
Once the semester begins, you will have access to your Northwest Online Student Home Page. On this page, you will find a listing of your course(s) along with some other useful links and an orientation course. Click on a course to enter that course. Once inside, you will see a listing of the course lessons and a menu that will allow you to navigate around your course. You will be able to communicate with other students and with your instructor through e-mail. You will also be able to post questions and comments to your course's threaded discussion forum. This forum allows you to hold virtual conversations with other classmates and your instructor without having to be online at the same time. You will also be able to psot assignments through your course's website and read lessons. You may have to visit other websites and even participate in online labs. Finally, you will be able to take exams online and get feedback from your instructor through the course gradebook.
Students taking courses through Northwest Online receive academic advising from their assigned advisor. If you have any questions about your degree program or about what courses you should take, contact your advisor.
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You should expect to spend at least 5 hours per week per course online. But remember, this does not include time spent offline doing work. For that, you should expect at least 3 - 4 more hours per week per course. Northwest Online courses are as rigorous as on-campus courses, and you should expect the same level of work or more.
A typical course will involve 8 - 10 hours of work per week. This includes at least 5 hours of work online pe week.
In most cases, you will not have to be online at a specific time. Most of the courses are designed to be as flexible as possible while still allowing you to get the best education. See How do the Courses Work for more information.
Yes, you can take on-campus and online courses at the same time. However, please remember that online courses are as rigorous as on-campus courses and you should expect the same level of work or more.
Courses with fewer than 10 enrolled students may be cancelled. However, because Northwest Online is expecting considerable growth, it is expected that few courses will need to be cancelled.
To drop a course and possibly receive a partial refund of your tuition, you must follow the policies and procedures listed in the course catalog. You must "DROP" a course prior to the Last Day to Drop in order to receive a partial refund of your tuition. If it is after the Last Day to Drop, you will need to withdraw from the course.
After the Last Day to Drop, but prior to the Last Day to Withdraw, as shown on the Academic Calendar, you can withdraw from a course. Withdrawing may not entitle you to a refund of your tuition, but it does allow you to get a "W" instead of another grade. Withdrawing after the Last Day to Withdraw may result in your getting a grade other than "W". To withdraw from a course, you must follow the policies and procedures in the course catalog.
Courses start in the Fall, Spring, and Summer. Check the Academic Calendar for a full listing of dates.
You should not have to go to campus when taking Northwest Online courses. However, if you are taking a course that requires a monitored lab or a special meeting, you may have to go to campus. Also, you may want to go to campus to take advantage of the services available there. As a Northwest Online student, you can use the services available on-campus.
You may register for courses at Northwest Online using CatPAWS, but you will need a username and password provided by your online advisor.
After you have registered for your course, you can access it by logging in to the Northwest Online website. Courses are accessible on the first day of that course's session. You will need your Student ID and your 919 number to get access to your course. We recommend that you access your course within the first couple of days when the session begins.
After you have been enrolled in a course, you will be notified through e-mail of your Student ID number and 919 number. If you are unsure of what these are, contact the Northwest Online helpdesk via email at email@example.com.
Online students may order their books through Bearcat Bookstore. Visit the bookstore for more information.
Tests are taken online. Once you are in your course, you will be able to take tests through the course website. The tests can be multiple choice, short essay, or long essay in format. Tests may also be timed and graded automatically. Each course will be different in the type of tests required, with some courses not requiring tests at all. Once completed, your instructor may provide feedback on your test through the course's gradebook.
Lab courses will generally be conducted online through the use of CD-ROMS and laboratory kits that are mailed to your home. Although some courses may require you to attend a supervised laboratory setting, these courses will be minimized and all students will be advised of this requirement at the time they register.
Instructors can be contacted by e-mail or through the course's online forum. Northwest Online students have developed a reputation for being responsive to student questiosn and they will usually get back to you within 24 hours.