In Aims online courses, you learn entirely online by, using your computer with internet access. Some classes require one on-campus orientation session or testing or both in an on-campus lab or at another proctored site. The course content is presented through web pages, audio/video presentations and other means. Communication tools, such as web-based chat rooms, message boards and email, allow students to interact with the instructor and other classmates. Assignments may be uploaded to the site, which is much like creating an attachment in email.
Aims Online Campus offers courses outside the confines of the classroom, allowing students greater flexibility to balance their work, school, home, travel and social schedules.
Online courses are semester based. Most online courses are not self-paced. Students must login to the course regularly and meet deadlines throughout the duration of the course. Some instructors may provide shortened, intensive, late-start courses. These will be indicated in the course schedule.
Most online courses use textbooks. In many cases, additional content and resources are supplied in the course, including Web links, downloadable resources, audio and video files, etc.
Tests are given in variety of ways. They can taken online by using the course software with an Internet browser, as a take-home exam, where a hard copy is printed out and handed in, or proctored in approved locations. Students can take online exams anywhere there is a computer with Internet access. Online exams can have a variety of question types, including multiple choice, matching, true or false, ordering, fill in the blank and essay. Online exams can be timed.
Credits earned through Aims online courses are identical to credits earned through traditional on-campus courses. Our Associate of Arts online degree has been approved by our accrediting agency.
Yes, students may logon from anywhere in the world, as long as they have computer access and the Internet. (Please note that internet access may have restrictions in some areas that prevent students from fully utilizing all features in their online courses.)
Currently, tuition for online courses is the same as tuition for Aims' traditional classes.
Students who have completed the admissions process can register online by logging in to myAims. Online registration is available under the Student tab.
Students who need advising can receive those services in person, on the telephone or by email. If necessary, a web conferencing session can be arranged. See the Advising web pages for more information. Online tutoring is available in some areas. See the Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction web pages for more information.
Use our computer skills checklist to determine if you have the computer skills necessary to succeed in an online course. Computer Skills Checklist for Success in an Online Class
A lot of information for online students is on the Aims Online Campus web pages. You can find Aims online tutorials, sample course, lab orientation schedules and online learning yips at our Online Campus Orientation page. For general information and assistance, contact the Online Learning office at (970) 339-6476 or click on firstname.lastname@example.org. For technical help, contact the Aims Help Desk at (970) 339-6380 or click on email@example.com. For course information or help, contact your instructor. The Academic Resource Center at all of our locations also available to online students.
Yes, all courses offered at Aims that are transferable to other Colorado schools will be accepted, regardless of the method of delivery of those courses.