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 About Online Learning - FAQs
  • How do I know if I am ready to learn online?
    Online learners take an active role in their learning. Motivation, self-direction, and good time management skills are important characteristics for the online learner. In addition, computer and internet access is required. Please take the online readiness quiz to measure how prepared you are for online learning.
  • What equipment do I need to take an online course? Computer and internet access several days during the week is required. A CUNY email account is required and provided by the college. Blackboard, the web-based learning classroom, has minimal hardware requirements for your computer. It is strongly recommended that students utilize the Blackboard site and course-associated resources and assignments using a lap-top or large computer screen with capability to hear and view video clips and narrated PowerPoint.
    Mobile devices are not supported for Blackboard usage.
  • What minimum computer skills are required to take an online class?
    The learner must be able to:
    • Navigate the internet with a web browser that supports Blackboard 
    • Use CUNY email and send attachments
    • Download and install plug-ins
    • Use a word processing program – Microsoft Word is recommended
  • How are in-person, web-enhanced, hybrid, and online courses different?
    An in-person (P) course has no course assignments and no required activities delivered online.

    A web-enhanced (W) course is where no scheduled class meetings are replaced, but some of the course content and assignments, as well as required or optional activities, are online.

    A partially online (PO) course has up to 20% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.

    A hybrid (also known as a blended course) (H) course has between 33% and 80% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.

    An online (O) course has more than 80% but less than 100% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings.

    A fully online (FO) course has 100% of scheduled class meetings replaced with online activities or virtual meetings. All of the class work, including exams, is online.
  • What does the online learning classroom look like? How do I access my online learning course?
    Blackboard is the centralized web-based learning classroom utilized for all online courses. It is here where you would access all important course documents, communicate with faculty and classmates, engage in discussions, and submit assignments.
    You can access Blackboard via the CUNY Portal: https://cunyportal.cuny.edu/cpr/authenticate/portal_login.jsp
    Click on the link below for log-in instructions.
    cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/CIS/functions/bb/userguides/student/student-login.pdf
  • What can I expect from my online course?
    Just like traditional, in-person courses, online courses use a variety of teaching-learning strategies. The specific course objectives, expectations, and assignments will be outlined in the course syllabus.
  • How flexible is the course schedule?
    Online courses follow the College of Staten Island’s academic calendar, www.csi.cuny.edu/currentstudents/academiccalendars/. Many of the courses are structured for asynchronous learning over a 15 week span. Students are expected to log on to Blackboard and check the course postings, information, and e-mail on the first day of class (as per academic calendar). All course assignments and activities must be completed by specified due dates, noted in the course syllabus and/or course calendar schedule.  Many courses require discussions postings, dialogue, and/or assignments on more than one day during the week.
  • What is the time commitment expected for online courses?
    Typically, the formula for calculating time needed for a 3 credit course is: 3 hours for every credit hour. That means for a 3 credit course, it's estimated that an average student should be spending about 9 hours per week in the class and assignments. Scheduling uninterrupted time several times during the week to complete course-related work and assignments is strongly recommended. Students are expected to log on to Blackboard and check the course postings, information, and e-mail on the first day of class (as per academic calendar).
  • Where do I call  for information regarding online nursing courses? 
    Please contact a nursing advisor at 718-982-3810
  • What Technical resources are available to students?
  • What additional resources are available to students?
    There are several resources available to students to ensure successful online learning.