Prospective Online Students (Online Admissions)

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Becoming an Online Student

Is online learning right for me?

If you are considering applying for one of our fully online programs, you may be asking yourself, “Is a fully online program right for me?” This checklist can help you make that determination. If you agree with a majority of the statements below, great news! A fully online program is likely a good fit for you! If you have any hesitation with the items below, please contact the Office of Online Programs at (717) 871-7200 or OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu and we will be happy to answer any questions and provide you with guidance about your learning options.

  • I am independent, self-motivated and able to plan ahead to get things done on time.
  • I am comfortable using a computer to perform basic tasks: checking email, creating documents in Word, uploading or attaching a document.
  • I have access to a functional computer with reliable, high speed Internet access.
  • I am comfortable communicating electronically via email, chat, discussion boards, etc.
  • I have strong reading skills and can figure out the meaning of what I am reading on my own.
  • I am able to communicate effectively through written text.
  • I am comfortable asking for help, if needed.

People who learn effectively in an online setting are:

  • Self-motivated Self-disciplined, and able to communicate well in writing.
  • Comfortable with technology, especially web-based and internet technologies,
  • Willing to take the initiative and contact their instructor when they have questions or concerns regarding the course,
  • Aware that the flexibility inherent in many online courses does not mean the course will be easy.

What is online learning like?

Millersville University uses D2L Brightspace (D2L) as its learning management system. You will login to D2L to access your online courses.

Since our online courses are asynchronous, there will not be a specific time required for you to log into your courses. With that said, you will still need to follow specific due dates for assignments for each course.

D2L Brightspace includes a number of interactive tools which allows students to:

  • Access course materials
  • Upload assignments
  • Participate in discussions
  • Watch live or recorded lectures
  • Take tests and quizzes and see their grades.

Please note that each faculty member will use D2L a bit differently in order to best facilitate the course material.

How much time is needed for online courses?

It is recommended that students are able to spend at least 10-15 hours per week for each 3 credit course. For courses with more credits, it is recommended to budget more time for assignments.

Can I use a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device for online learning?

Yes, D2L is responsive to different devices. Courses often feature a number of activities that have a time limit or graded items. For these items we suggest that you use a supported desktop web browser and a reliable Internet connection. Additionally, some features of D2L—and features of tools like Blackboard Collaborate that D2L courses commonly use—may work differently, with reduced functionality, or not at all on mobile devices.

D2L itself works within the standard web browsers of supported mobile devices. We invite you to check our Wiki@MU which provides a host of different resources for students. https://wiki.millersville.edu/display/d2ldocs/Welcome+to+the+D2L+Resources+Wiki

Where can I go for technical help?

Students: If your questions or problems relate to the content, quizzes, or other materials in a course, please contact the course instructor.

Please contact Millersville University's Information Technology Help Desk:

  • from on-campus: x7777
  • from off-campus: (717) 871-7777

Online Support Resources

Your Academic Advisor will be your primary contact and help you succeed in your academic program. You can always find your Advisor’s name and contact information in your MAX account.

The Online Programs Office is also available for assistance and can be reached at (717) 871-7200 or OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu. We will answer your questions or direct you to the appropriate contact.

Please visit the Current Students tab for a listing of university resources to assist you, such as the Library and Writing Center.