Technology Questions and Answers
How do online courses work?
Online courses at Fisher College are held completely online through Blackboard®, our online learning management system.
Is prior computer experience necessary to enroll in an online course?
Yes. A working knowledge of computers and web applications is necessary to enroll in an online class. Online students should:
- Know the basics of computer operation and software installation.
- Have a computer with Internet access available for use.*
- Know how to use a web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari) to access the Internet.
- Use search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN) to find content on the Internet.
- Know how to use e-mail applications to send and receive messages, send and download attachments, etc.
- Be familiar with word processing software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Feel comfortable participating in online chats and discussions.
- Feel comfortable using new technologies when necessary.
*If your computer breaks or your Internet connectivity is disrupted in a course, it is up to you to access another computer to complete your work. It is not an excuse to drop your course and get a refund. Your courses are totally online, and you may enter and do your work on ANY computer that is connected to the web. In an emergency, you may use a local library, a friend's computer or an available computer at Fisher College or another educational institution.