Internet courses are designed to give students flexibility by creating an anytime/anywhere learning environment. During your studies in the MBA Program, there is a good chance that you will take at least one course on the Internet. Internet courses utilize current technology to offer additional flexibility without sacrificing quality. As long as you have access to the Internet and the minimum computer configuration, you can participate in Internet courses. Although you may be able to utilize a computer at work, we recommend you have a computer with Internet access at home in order to give you the optimum amount of flexibility.
Internet courses are the same quality as on-site courses and are not independent study or self-paced courses. The textbooks, problems, cases, assignment due dates, small group work, and other activities are very similar to on-site courses. Please review the minimum configuration for Internet courses prior to registering. If you do not have the minimum hardware and software requirements, we strongly suggest you do not register. Registration for Internet courses is conducted in the same manner as onsite courses.
Online Course Delivery
UW Oshkosh MBA Online Courses
UW Oshkosh MBA Program online courses typically require at least one (and sometimes two) on-site meetings at UW Oshkosh. The on-site meetings are generally held either one or two weekends before the course start date. The required management and functional core courses are available online at least once every two years and are taught by UW Oshkosh professors. Please be sure to check the supported and recommended browsers for UW Oshkosh D2L courses. In particular, OSX users please note that Firefox is recommended and Netscape is no longer supported. If you use Firefox on either platform, be sure you have enabled copy/paste.
UW MBA Consortium Online Courses
The UW Oshkosh MBA Program has partnered with the MBA programs at UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse and UW-Parkside to offer both foundation and elective courses online through the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium. Professors from all four MBA programs teach consortium classes. There are no on-site meetings for consortium courses. You will officially register and pay your course fees at UW Oshkosh. Check your computer configuration for MBA Consortium online courses.
These courses will be administered through UW-Eau Claire. UWEC will send you an electronic orientation packet to your TitanMail account 5-7 days before the class officially begins. (Please have your textbooks purchased by this time.) The e-mail will include your login and password for the UW System Desire2Learn (D2L) site that you will use for the Consortium course and a HelpDesk phone number. Please note: UWEC and your instructor will refer to Consortium courses using a different numbering system — specific course information, including the Consortium course number, can be found on the course detail pages for each semester.
No additional software is necessary (unless indicated on the course detail page) although you may be downloading free software such as RealPlayer and Adobe Reader (for PDF files). The Consortium uses MicroSoft Office 2007.
Access from Your Office
Please be aware that you may not be able to access some aspects of Internet courses at your work site due to corporate internal controls (i.e., firewalls or proxy servers). You also may not be able to perform some of the assignments if you do not have the minimum computer configuration. Check with your employer's Information Technology department for potential access problems. Because of hidden barriers at work sites, we STRONGLY encourage you to use a home computer for Internet courses.
If you register for an Internet course and do not have the minimum computer requirements, you will most likely be on your own to identify and remedy problems. Therefore, if you don't have the minimum computer configuration, it is your best interest not to register for an online course until you do have it.