May 14, 2018  |  Purdue University Global
How Does Online College Work? A Purdue University Global FAQ Guide

At Purdue University Global, we understand that the idea of earning a college degree online can be a little intimidating if you’ve never taken part in online education. That’s why we created a guide to answer the most frequently asked questions about how online college works, receiving credit for previous work experience, and staying connected to the University and your fellow classmates personally, socially, and professionally.

Although this guide offers an overview of online college, you will attend our live seminar “Purdue Global Orientation” before you start class. This will give you an opportunity to learn more about the classroom and ask questions.

How Do Online College Classes Work?

Purdue Global strives to offer the best online learning platform to make your classes easy to access. Online learning with Purdue Global has two parts:

  • The live seminars—the live, interactive portion of your education, led by a faculty member in real time
  • The online classroom—where you go to complete your work, take quizzes and tests, hold discussions, and more.
How Does Online College Work? A Purdue University Global FAQ Guide

You access your online classroom via the Purdue Global Campus portal.

Just log in to our classroom portal with your user name and password and you’re ready to go. From the portal, you can access:

  • Current classes
  • Degree plan (and your progress toward it)
  • Grades
  • Important updates and notification
How Does Online College Work? A Purdue University Global FAQ Guide

What Does an Online Classroom Look Like?

From the list of your current classes, access the classroom you want to enter. Here you’ll find the necessary resources and tools to be successful, including:

  • The course syllabus (a guide that outlines what you’ll be studying and what’s expected of you)
  • Grading rubrics (an outline of the expectations for an assignment)
  • A list of checkpoint activities (these must be completed before you can advance to the next unit)
  • The classroom discussion board
  • The assignment drop box
  • Quizzes
  • Reading materials
How Does Online College Work? A Purdue University Global FAQ Guide

How Can I Access Academic Support?

There are numerous resources offering round-the-clock assistance. From the student portal, you can access the Academic Support Center through the dropdown list under “My Studies”:

Here you’ll find dozens of student resources, including:

  • Tutors for writing, math, science, technology, and business
  • The ability to submit a paper or ask a question about writing, math, science, and business
  • Time management help
  • Plagiarism information
  • Webinars
  • Numerous writing workshops on topics such as:
    • Professional writing
    • Grammar and mechanics
    • Thesis development
    • Citations
How Does Online College Work? A Purdue University Global FAQ Guide

Is There a Library I Can Use?

Yes! We have an extensive online library filled with numerous databases, search tools, and resources to aid you in your study. Access the Purdue Global Library.

Our library features:

  • Ask-a-librarian Services–email your question, live chat, or schedule an appointment
  • ABI/INFORM Collection–search thousands of scholarly journals and trade publications
  • Books24x7–a database offering access to more than 18,000 books on business, information technology, and health and wellness topics
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library–dictionary, encyclopedias, and myriad other reference works
  • ProQuest Central–periodical resource center
  • Westlaw Campus Research–legal information, court opinions, state and federal regulations, legal definitions, etc.
  • EBSCO Discovery Service–advanced search access to research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, and e-books
  • APA Style CENTRAL–learning and teaching tools from the style experts behind the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
  • Library Support–videos and tutorials

Can I Receive Credit for My Work Experience?

You may be eligible to earn credit toward an undergraduate degree. We offer two courses in which you learn how to organize your experience, so it can be assessed for college credit. Here’s how to do it:

  • Enroll in either EL206: Academic Prior Learning Portfolio or LRC100: Documenting Your Experiences for College Credit.
  • Both classes are completed online and come with a mentor to help you navigate the process.
  • You’ll learn how to best present your skills in an online portfolio, which will then be assessed for credit and applied toward your degree.

Students who submit a portfolio for evaluation save an average of $10,000 on tuition and earn 31 quarter credits toward their degree. Learn more here.*

What If I Need Technical Support?

Our Support and Solutions team provides general and technical support to Purdue Global students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, email, and live chat. The Support and Solutions team can help you:

  • Troubleshoot student login issues
  • Change your user name
  • Navigate the student portal
  • Find answers to questions related to the online portal, seminars, and classroom platforms

How Can I Stay Plugged in to What’s Going on at Purdue Global?

You can stay connected with us on social media and get involved with student groups.

  • Like us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Instagram
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Follow us on LinkedIn
  • Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  • After graduation, join the Purdue Alumni Association
  • Access the CareerNetwork, the social platform for Purdue Global students and alumni to collaborate with each other and the Career Services team
  • Visit the Office of Student Life in the online portal and check out the list of registered student organizations

Ready to Enroll?

Start the process of applying for admission. We’re here to answer your questions and guide you through every step of the process.


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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

* In 2017, incoming Kaplan University students who passed EL 206 and submitted a portfolio for evaluation earned an average of 31 quarter credit hours toward their Kaplan University undergraduate degrees. Based on these experiential learning credits, tuition savings for nonmilitary students were on average $10,001. Note: these data were reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global. Tuition savings calculated as 31 quarter credit hours x standard tuition rate of $371 = $11,501 - $1,500 course fee = $10,001. Savings for students vary depending on the student’s individual prior learning experience. Savings for 2017 incoming military students who passed EL 206 and submitted a portfolio for review ranged from $5,940 to $8,280. Eligible college credits articulate into Purdue Global undergraduate degree plans. Purdue Global does not guarantee that students will earn any particular number of credits or achieve any particular savings. Future experiential credit savings are subject to review and the academic policies of Purdue Global. See University Catalog for Prior Learning Assessment policy. See www.purdueglobal.edu/paying-school/tuition-fees.aspx for course fee refund policy.

*Students enrolled in Open College's LRC100 course will pay a $1,500 assessment fee when they submit their portfolio for evaluation. This nonrefundable fee may be covered by financial aid. EL206 is a six quarter-credit hour course. In addition to tuition, students enrolled in EL206 will pay a $1,500 course fee. See www.purdueglobal.edu/tuition-financial-aid/tuition-reduction/ for course fee refund policy.

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