Online Class Demo
You begin an online course by logging in to the Northeastern University's online learning platform.
On the typical online course site you'll find announcements and news from your instructor, upcoming due dates for assignments, and more.
To learn more about your instructor, visit the Faculty Profile page. In most courses, you begin by introducing yourself to your instructor and classmates by posting a short audio or text-based introduction.
All online courses at Northeastern University follow a consistent weekly work routine. You can complete your lesson during the week when it is convenient for you, as long as you keep pace with your course’s weekly schedule and meet your instructor’s due dates. Each week, your instructor presents a list of learning objectives. The tools used enhance collaboration and interaction in online courses by providing students and instructors with additional communication capabilities.
You’ll connect with your peers and instructor either synchronously, that is in real time, or asynchronously, at a time and in a way that’s convenient for you.
Many instructors also hold virtual office hours so that they can connect with students one on one no matter where they are located.
Collaboration with classmates can take many forms online: you may have a debate, work with others to solve a specific problem or research a topic, or discuss how theories relate to professional practices.
What's a week look like?
It's up to you. You can schedule your week's class assignments around your work and family schedules, structuring your day to best suit your needs.
Click to browse through the examples
Jon is a full-time consultant, pursuing a master's degree. He fits in course work around his work and travel schedule.
Mon Listens to lecture podcast on daily commute Tues Busy day at work Wed Reads chapter 3 of book for class and watches professor's video on a pertinent topic Thurs Attends virtual meeting to work on group project Fri Posts some follow-up replies in group wiki and reply to discussion in online forum Sat Finishes an essay and sends it electronically to his professor Sun Spends the day at the park with family
Karen is a working mom with 2 kids, pursuing her doctoral degree. She enjoys completing her schoolwork on her own schedule.
Mon Reading assignments and planning the week Tues Finishes reading and listen to professor's lecture podcast Wed Hits the discussion board Thurs Starts drafting paper due next week Fri Pizza night with the family Sat Responds to peers on discussion board and attends the soccer championship game Sun Works on paper; looks ahead to next week
Robert attends class both online and on-campus in Boston to pursue his bachelor's degree. Robert has a demanding schedule and feels this mix is right for him because it provides flexibility.
Mon Finishes weekly readings Tues Attends class then pizza with classmates after class Wed Jumps onto the discussion board to add a few new ideas after Tuesday's class Thurs Long day at work; reviews new discussion board posts Fri Works on group project and sets up time for a virtual meeting with group Sat Completes weekly quiz Sun Meets virtually with group to assign project tasks
Margaret lives abroad and is pursuing her master's degree. She is able to complete her degree from an American university while being out of the country.
Mon Video call with mom and dad; completes readings and listens to the instructor's weekly introduction Tues Views the weekly multimedia lecture on her mobile device while on the Metro Wed Works through database examples and reviews instructor software demonstrations Thurs Emails the instructor with questions about the midterm Fri Eating her way through the Michelin guide (i.e., a day off) Sat Submits both homework assignments electronically Sun Movies with friends
Kyle is returning to school to finish his bachelor's degree. He wants to complete his degree as quickly as possible so he enrolled in a 18-month fast-track program.
Mon Away at a conference; starts reading the 3 chapters assigned for the week Tues Reviews weekly lecture; makes initial discussion board post Wed Leads son's Boy Scout meeting; completes homework problems and submits them electronically Thurs Responds to three discussion board questions and completes assigned chapters Fri Jams with the band Sat Finalizes group project with three other online classmates; reviews discussion board Sun Homework all day and helps his daughter with a science project
Stephanie is going back to school to pursue a new career. Living in the Midwest, she loves that she can earn her master's degree online from Northeastern University.
Mon Yoga and teaching all day; begins weekly readings Tues Completes video demos and instructor's multimedia lecture Wed Reviews notes on readings and posts to discussion board Thurs Turns in budget and project plan Fri Attends instructor's virtual office hours Sat Yoga and attends a festival; completes follow-up discussion board posts Sun Starts next week's readings
- PC (Vista/7/8) or Mac (10.6+)
- Many classes utilize audio and require a microphone
- High-speed internet connection
- Firefox (final release channel) recommended
- Internet Explorer 8.0+ and Safari 5.1+ are also supported
- Chrome (stable channel) is compatible with most functionality
What do I need to know?
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
- Uploading, downloading, & attaching files
- Navigating the Web