Online Learning at Colorado State University
Canvas, CSU's learning platform, creates an intuitive, easy-to-use environment that empowers you to meet learning outcomes in every course. Within Canvas, you can expect the following types of resources and assignments:
Recorded lectures from live, on-campus sessions for the same course you are taking
Instructor lecture video recordings from their office or in the field
Real-time (also known as synchronous) sessions where you get to speak with the instructor and/or fellow students via a webcam and microphone
Videos from online sources
Podcast recordings of the instructor or other narrated presentations
Audio recordings from online sources
Peer-reviewed research, articles, and journals
Articles from online sources
Tests and quizzes
Projects completed individually or as part of a team
Written, video or audio assignments
Instructors often use proctoring to ensure the academic integrity of course assessments
Learning in any environment requires a certain level of independence, motivation, and time management. Our online format allows you to balance coursework alongside your personal and professional life. Across a broad range of disciplines, we have seen students from diverse backgrounds, age groups, and levels of technological skill succeed while learning online.
The basic technology requirements for our courses are minimal. Access to the Internet (desktop or laptop computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.) and possibly a webcam (microphone usually included) are the most typical. Some courses may require additional software to complete assignments and collaborate with classmates, all of which will all be available online or within the course.
Who You Learn From
CSU's online courses are taught by the same faculty and instructors who teach on-campus students. All of our instructors bring foundational knowledge, as well as their personal experience and perspective, into their online courses. Because of this, our online programs come with the same challenges, expectations, and reputation as on-campus programs, which is why you earn the same degree as your on-campus peers after completing the degree requirements.