Prospective Online Students (Online Admissions/FAQ's)
Becoming a Millersville Online Student
Is online learning right for me?
You may be asking yourself, “Is a fully online program right for me?” The below questions and online student information can help you make that determination!
Visit our degrees and certificates page for a full list of our current online programs and for additional next steps!
Visit our FAQ's page for more information on our frequently asked questions!
Contact the Office of Online Programs at (717) 871-7200 or OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu with any questions or for more guidance about your learning options!
WHAT TO I NEED TO DO TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN AN ONLINE SETTING?
In order to best succeed in an online program you should:
- Be independent, self-motivated, and able to plan ahead.
- Be comfortable using a computer for basic tasks (checking email, creating Word documents, uploading or attaching a document, etc).
- Have access to a functional computer with reliable, high speed Internet access.
- Be comfortable communicating electronically (via email, chat, discussion boards, etc).
- Have strong reading skills.
- Be able to communicate effectively through written text.
- Be comfortable asking for help if needed.
- Be willing to take the initiative and contact their instructor with questions or concerns.
- Be aware that the flexibility and convenience of online courses does not mean the course will be easy!
What is online learning at MU like?
Millersville University uses D2L Brightspace (D2L) as its learning management system. You will log in to D2L to access your online courses and submit assignments.
Since our online courses are mostly asynchronous, there will typically not be a specific login time required. If a meeting time is required, your professor or student support specialists will let you know ahead of time. Although courses may be asynchronous, you will still need to follow set due dates outlined on each syllabus for submitting assignments.
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 to spend at least 10-15 hours per week for each 3 credit course. For courses with more credits, it is recommended to budget additional time per week for assignments.
CAN I USE A SMARTPHONE, TABLET, OR OTHER MOBILE DEVICES FOR ONLINE LEARNING?
Yes, D2L is responsive to different devices. Courses often feature 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.
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?
*Current students: If your questions or problems are related to the content, quizzes, or other materials in a course, please contact the course instructor*
For technical assistance, please contact Millersville University's Information Technology Help Desk:
- Online Help: http://mville.us/help
- Phone: 717-871-7777
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: Millersville University Info Tech (IT)
Free in-person technology help for nearby students is also available. For details, visit: http://goo.gl/3FNpL2
Will I Have Online Student Support Resources?
For a full list of university resources available to assist you as an online student please be sure to visit the Current Students tab.
Your Academic Advisor will be your primary contact and help you succeed in your academic program. They will assist in advisement, registration, and course planning. You can always find your Advisor’s name and contact information in your MAX account (once you are an active student).
The Online Programs Office and your Student Support Specialist are also available for non-advisement assistance throughout your program. They will assist you with all other questions throughout your program!
Your Student Support Specialist can be reached at (717) 871-7200 or OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu. We will assist in answering your questions or direct you to the appropriate contact!
- Search for Online Courses
- Search through all available online courses by term, level (undergraduate or graduate), and method (fully-online or blended).
- Tuition & Fees for Undergraduate Students
- Check this document for exact tuition & fees for undergraduates; this includes costs for both fully online & face-to-face students, as well as in-state & out-of-state.
- Online Programs Student Forms
- Visit this page for a complete list of student forms used by the Office of Online Programs, such as Change of Delivery (COD) forms and Admission Response forms.
- Search for Online Courses
Office of Online Programs
Lyle Hall, Room 212
PO Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00am to 4:30pm