Frequently Asked Questions: Eastern Online

Why an online degree from Eastern University?
Eastern University is a nonprofit, regionally accredited institution founded in 1925. Throughout our long history, we have trained future leaders who are grounded in faith, reason, and justice. The online program offers adult learners a convenient and flexible way to earn the exact same diploma as our on-campus students. 

Is Eastern University accredited?
Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Who will teach the online courses?
Great question! Online students are taught by distinguished faculty who are also practitioners in their fields. Many students develop strong relationships with their instructors. We often hear stories of how students credit those relationships for helping them have a successful online education experience.

Is financial assistance available for online students?
Yes. Earning a graduate degree is one of the most important investments you can make for your career. Our goal at Eastern University is to make your education affordable. Simply follow the steps outlined on our Financial Aid website and talk with your Enrollment Counselor about the many financial aid opportunities that may be available to you.

What are the computer and technology requirements for online students?
Our courses are compatible with Mac or PC platforms. Your Enrollment Counselor can help verify that you possess all necessary software requirements to faciliate your studies in our online programs. In order to be signed up for our online classes, you should have regular access to the internet and email, as well as be familiar with creating, format, and attaching Microsoft Word documents. It is also recommended that students have a microphone and/or headset.

Will I have scheduled time for online courses?
At Eastern University, all online courses are asynchronous. Your courses are conducted according to a schedule outlined in your course syllabus, but there are no "live" classes to attend. Instead, lectures, coursework, and discussions all take place at your convenience, allowing you to choose when and where to work on your studies.

What will my course look like?
While every course is unique, we can guarantee the following:

  • It will use a learning management system where you will find all of your assignments, course content, and discussion boards for interacting with your classmates and instructor
  • The course will be interactive and use a variety of activities such as recorded lectures, video segments, games, case studies and group breakout areas
  • The course will be of the same academic rigor and quality of all other courses

How will I interact with my classmates and instructor?
Community is very important to the culture of Eastern University.  You will find that both your classmates and your instructor will want to communicate with you and have meaningful conversations. These conversations will happen through email, discussion boards, Skype, g-chat, EdPuzzle, and Zoom. Zoom is a program built into the learning management system that allows you to share your desktop, use a white board, and has video and audio capabilities.

What is the biggest difference between online learning and in-class learning?
The way information is shared is different.  Sitting in a classroom requires active listening and the ability to process your thoughts in an oral manner through classroom discussion.  In the online classroom, you can expect more reading and writing.  This will most likely improve these skills as you will need to become an expert at synthesizing and concisely conveying your ideas.

What is the weekly time commitment?
Students enrolled in a 3-credit, 7-week course should expect to spend 7 hours a week on course content such as lectures, discussion board, and in-class group activities. In addition, students should plan to spend approximately 12 hours on assigned readings and assignments.

Are online courses self-paced?
No, your class follows a syllabus with due dates for assignments.  It is expected that you are in the learning management system (Brightspace) 3-5 times a week, actively participating in posting on the discussion board, submitting assignments, and viewing webinars.  All assignments have due dates and courses must be completed within the scheduled block of time.

Is online learning right for me?
Students who excel in the online environment are self motivated, organized, and manage their time wisely.  They are proactive and start assignments early and seek help when they need it from instructors.  They are also comfortable using the computer and the Internet.

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