Online Learning

Access Class from Anywhere with Internet, WIFI or Smart Phone

Go online anytime: 24 hours a day seven days a week.

dsu_onlinelearning_1Take individual courses or complete your Bachelor or Masters degreee online from anywhere in the world with Internet or phone access. Our courses are offered on a semester basis generally starting four times per year. All classes are open to everyone worldwide who meet the specific course requirements. This is not a Self-Directed Study Program or Correspondence Course Program. Online courses are conducted much like on-ground courses; they are classroom oriented– although conducted in a virtual classroom. Like the on-ground classes you are familiar with, there is interaction student to student and faculty to student; class discussions are a major part of the courses. The difference is that you are able to enter the virtual classroom any time of the day or night to participate in the discussions. There are group activities and assignments in which students participate, although again at each student’s own time schedule. Each course has an exact start-date and end-date, and assignments have due dates, just like a regular on-ground classroom. The main difference is everything is handled through the virtual classroom. Students tell us they very quickly prefer the freedom and the ease of taking classes using this online model. Is online learning right for me?

How Do Classes Work?

Students are required to participate in the Online virtual classroom discussion five out of seven days of the week. The student chooses which specific days to participate and the time when he or she wants to be active in the classroom. Again, the Online classroom is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. With students from all over the world enrolled, it seems that there is always someone in the classroom adding to the discussion in progress.

Credit Hours

All courses are designed at a college level with college semester credit hours awarded for successful completion. The number of credit hours assigned depends on the length of the course, course workload and the difficulty. (See individual course information for the number of credit hours assigned.)

Course Levels – Course Numbering

Each course has a number that begins with the three-letter department prefix followed by a three-digit number that may be followed by a single-letter code and the course title. This system ensures consistency in the numbering of courses and helps to signal upper- and lower-level courses and the complexity of their content with respect to the individualized Degree Plan. Departmental Prefixes include:

  • BUS: (Business, Law and Marketing)
  • TRD: (International Trade Regulations, Export and Import Topics)
  • SCM: (Supply Chain Management)
  • FAE: (Finance, Accounting and Economics)
  • MGT: (Management, Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Human Resources)
  • STM: (Science, Technology and Mathematics)
  • HAS: (Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts)

Course numbering denotes:

  • 000-099 designed for students who need rudimentary courses to prepare them for college level course work, including community education courses. Courses in the range do not offer college credit.
  • 100-199 designed for freshman level students but may be taken by more advanced learners.
  • 200-299 designed for sophomore level students but may be taken by any learner who satisfies the prerequisites or obtains the consent of the Academic Committee.
  • 300-399 designed for junior level students but may be taken by any student who satisfies the prerequisites or obtains the consent of the Academic Committee.
  • 400-499 designed for senior level students but may be taken by any student who satisfies the prerequisites or obtains the consent of the Academic Committee.
  • 500-599  are Graduate level courses that require acceptance into the Graduate School

Course levels are reflective of the intended degree of complexity or expected student comprehension. Lower-level courses are survey or introductory in content. Upper-level courses build on lower-level courses or knowledge, and show more advanced analytical skills. Courses accepted in transfer from community and other two-year colleges will be classified as lower level credit.

Technology Recommendations (Minimum)

  • PC compatible computer for downloading, sending and receiving e-mail and accessing the Internet or MAC comparability.
  • Operating systems Windows 2003 or higher or Apple systems or Smart phones
  • 2  GByte of RAM or more
  • 10 GB hard disk or higher
  • VGA Monitor or higher
  • Printer
  • Internet Service Provider
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (5.0 or later)
  • Ability to access the course and program material on the Internet-
  • Ability to open documents in DOC, DOCX or RTF formats
  • E-mail capability
  • Complete, send, receive messages, read messages and assignments from other students and faculty
  • Use an appropriate virus application to prevent virus transmittal from submitted assignment

Smart Phone Access

Download the app and gain access to the classroom from anywhere with phone access.  Contact an advisor for details.

Attendance Requirements

Students are required to attend the virtual classroom five out of the seven days during a seminar week. Assignments are due on the day of the seminar specified (before midnight) and must have the appropriate day recorded in the sign-on logo (or an earlier date) for full credit. Participation is measured by recording the date of each entry the student makes to the system – whether it is a response to one of the assignments, a comment on the work of another or a question to the group or to the instructor. An absence does not excuse the student from the responsibility of participation, assigned work and/or testing. Students may be dropped for poor attendance after two consecutive weeks of absences are accumulated. Seminar days are defined as follows: How to sign up for a course? All course registrations can be completed online, mailed in or with the assistance of an Advisor via telephone or email. Space is limited. Classes tend to fill quickly. Early registration is recommended.