Frequently Asked Questions: Online Programs

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Bachelor’s Degree:

HLGU offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for Registered Nurses. The BSN program consists of major courses, support courses, and electives. Most of our online courses are 3-credit hour courses that are taken in an eight-week term.

Master’s Degree

HLGU’s Master of Arts in Leadership program focuses on educating business, community, church/non-profit leaders innovative ways to think about their roles in their own organizations and communities, and how they might inspire change by looking at the world from a different perspecitve. Courses are designed to engage students in creative processes between academic theory and real-world application. Leadership styles, business ethics, and the value of effective relational communication will be explored. This 1-year, cohort-model program emphasizes a collaborative team learning experience.

For more information about aid go to our Financial Aid page. The Financial Aid Office can also be contacted by calling 573.629.3279. Most of the information on financial aid is applicable to both traditional and online students.

If you have not previously applied to and been accepted as a student, an online application is available here.

Initial advisement will be carried out by the Director of Online Programs, Dr. Jill Arnold. You will later be assigned a faculty advisor in your selected program. Advising will be done by email and/or telephone. You can contact Dr. Arnold by email at jarnold@hlg.edu or by phone at 573.629.3103.

The HLGU Online Coordinator will assist you in registering for courses. To start the course registration process, simply contact:

Online Student Facilitator
online@hlg.edu
573.629.3050

Visit Tuition & fees page. Hannibal-LaGrange University makes available a payment plan called FACTS which can be accessed on the web. The payment agreement must be signed and returned to complete registration. Any amount due from the student, for which Hannibal-LaGrange has not received verification of a third party payment source, must be paid prior to the start of the second class period. See page 135 of the current catalog. To receive a 100% refund, the withdrawal must be before or on the first day of the online term; the first day of the online term is not necessarily the same as the day of the class’s first online session. After the first day of the online term the refund is 90% in the first week of an 8-week term, and 50% during the 2nd week. Additional details related to refund schedules can be found on p. 136 of the current catalog. The per-credit-hour online fee is not refundable.

You probably will not experience problems taking your online course if your computer was purchased new in the last 3 years. The minimum recommended hardware and software requirements for a computer (both PC and Mac) are in this document.

Regardless, you will need to make sure the computer you’ll be using is prepared for class. To prepare your computer, you will need to: get the latest downloads, remove spyware, and set your browser.

HLGU’s online student facilitator monitors and obtains the registered online student list. Once the student becomes official for an online course (contact the business office), an email is sent with the student’s username and password.

Online courses require attendance at any scheduled chat times, participation in discussion threads, and submission of all assignments and evaluations according to the schedule in the syllabus.

The deadline for registering for a course is prior to the beginning of the second week of the course. Students who do not log into their course(s) prior to the second official week and who have NOT previously notified the professor of their absence will be automatically dropped from the course.

If you register for a course and then decide to withdraw from it, you will need complete an Add/Drop form.. Scan and email the completed form to the Registrar. To receive a 100% refund, the withdrawal must be before or on the first day of the online term; the first day of the online term is not necessarily the same as the day of the class’s first online session. After the first day of the online term the refund is 90% in the first week of an 8-week term, and 50% during the 2nd week. Additional details related to refund schedules can be found on p. 136 of the current catalog. The per-credit-hour online fee is not refundable.

There is no refund for courses dropped after the fourth week of the eight-week term.

(NOTE: Each new week begins at 8:00 a.m. CST on each succeeding Monday morning.)

No. Contacts will occur through email, the chat rooms, and discussion board within the course.

Most courses are organized with weekly chat sessions that require all students to be online with the instructor at the same time (synchronous) as well as discussion postings and other elements that can be done at times chosen by each student (asynchronous). In an eight week course you can expect at least 8 synchronous sessions.

Some tests may be given, but courses will usually have a number of graded elements such as papers, projects, and reports that can be used in evaluating the student’s progress. The tests that are used will be administered online and instructors will determine the format.

Students will engage with classmates through the discussion boards within the course. For instance, the instructor might pose a topic for the week’s discussion and then each student will be expected to offer his or her views on the topic and respond to each other by means of postings to a discussion board feature of the course. In some cases students may be organized into discussion or project groups in which the interaction will be just with group members instead of the whole class.

Yes, you will be required to complete an online tutorial prior to beginning your course.

Yes. The course will provide structured learning experiences but only your work and effort will determine how you meet the course’s objectives.

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