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Online Learning FAQ

Q.        I’ve never taken an online class before, what can I do to be prepared?

A.         Watch the Online Tutorial located on the right-hand side of the Online Learning home page. 

Q.        What are the minimum computer skills required to take an online class?

A.         Students should be able to:  a) navigate the Internet with a web browser; b) know how to use email and send attachments proficiently; c) download and install plug-ins; d) create files and folders; e) use a word processing program (Microsoft Word is strongly recommended).

Q.        Will I be required to come to campus?  Why do the times listed in OASIS indicate TBD?

A.         If your course is a ‘hybrid’ (M section), you will have some on-campus meeting days and times - - which are determined by your instructor (check your syllabus).  If your course requires proctored testing (check your syllabus) you will need to go to an approved testing site or IPFW’s Testing Services (see details about testing below).

Q.        How are online courses taught?

A.         Most all online courses will run through a course management system.  IPFW uses Blackboard Learn.  Some instructors will have video recordings downloaded into their Blackboard courses or web sites and they will let you know where to find these presentations (if you have questions, email your professor).

Q.        Where do I find my online class?

A.         You can log in to Blackboard a few ways: Log in to your my.ipfw account and look for the eLearning icon at the top right-hand side or go directly to the Blackboard Learn log in site, ipfw.blackboard.com.

Q.        I can log in to my.ipfw just fine, but when I try to log into eLearning I can’t. 

A.         Make sure you are entering the same user name and password for both the my.ipfw and Blackboard log-in.  Your course will be available on the semester start date listed in OASIS.

Q.        I’m in a TV section, where do I go to see my lectures?

A.         The presentations should be posted within your course in Blackboard.  You may also go to the CATV website to watch via Internet by going to the Video on Demand Library here link. Find your course by clicking on ‘Browse by Category’ drop-down link in the Search box.

Q.        Where is my IPFW email account?  How do I forward it to my personal email?

A.         Log in to your my.ipfw account and look for the email icon.  Be sure to check this email regularly for important updates from Online Learning.

Q.        What does ‘proctored testing’ mean?

A.         A proctored test is an exam in which a person will monitor you while you take the exam. 

Q.        If I have a course that requires proctored testing, what do I do?

A.         All online math courses require proctored testing.  You may take your test at the Math Test Center located in Kettler G18; see their link for Test Center Hours.  If you live out of the area or out-of-state, check with a local university/public library to see if exams could be proctored at that location.  Students must provide the name of an institution, contact person and phone number to Lee Bryan-DePrimio at bryanl@ipfw.edu or 260-481-6111.

For all other online proctored tests, you can take your exams at IPFW Testing Services located in Kettler Hall 232 by scheduled appointment only (walk-in’s are not accepted). Call 260.481.6600 to make an appointment. If you live out of the area or out-of-state, check with a local university/public library to see if exams could be proctored at that location.  Students must provide the name of an institution, contact person and phone number to Lee Bryan-DePrimio at bryanl@ipfw.edu or 260-481-6111.

Q.        ICN (Indiana College Network) questions?

A.         IPFW students who are interested in taking a course through ICN, can go to www.icn.org and search for online course options that may fit their IPFW degree requirements.  Students can pre-register for a course from another institution in the state of Indiana, but the course must be approved by their advisor. Contact Deb Hein heind@ipfw.edu or 260.481.0506 for more details.

Q.        I’m an ICN student (from another institution) and I haven’t heard anything from IPFW about how to access my course?

A.         Students (from institutions other than IPFW) are sent an email from ipfw-online@ipfw.edu confirming their registration, along with details on how to access the course through IPFW’s Blackboard.

Q.        I’m an IPFW student taking an ICN course through another institution.  I haven’t heard how to access my course.

A.         Check your ICN pre-registration form for a contact name and email/phone number.

Q.        I’m interested in Graduate Engineering courses from Purdue (listed in the back pages of the Schedule of Classes).

A.         Students can call 765.494.7015 or go to https://engineering.purdue.edu/ProEd. Students can take their proctored tests at IPFW’s Test Center and will need to list IPFW as a test site.