Online Learning Resources
The School of Continuing Education (SCE) offers several courses online through Sakai, our Learning Management System (LMS). Online courses are just as rigorous as on-campus courses, and offer you the convenience of “attending” class from home. Since you are not physically going to class, you should expect to devote extra time each week toward your assignments; to do a lot of reading and writing; and to work independently. SCE offers courses completely online, and also in a hybrid format, requiring students to attend a few on-campus meetings during the semester or term.
Note: On our Course Search, online courses are designated with a DL (Distance Learning); hybrid courses with a CDL (Classroom/Distance Learning).
Before you get started:
Online students must have basic word-processing and email skills, and a computer with Internet access. To check your computer skills, take our Basic Online Skills Review.
Additional Student resources:
- Are you ready for Online Learning? Take our quick Distance Learning Quiz.
- Is Online Learning Right for You? Review the Top 10 Considerations Before You Take a Course Online.
- The number of online learning students is approaching 7 million. See 7 Myths & Facts about Online Learning.
- One student writes that her SCE online class “was one of the best decisions I have made thus far at Providence College”
Is your computer up to speed? Your computer should meet the following minimum requirements:
- High speed Internet access from home or office
- Windows – Vista/7/8/10, using a current version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Google Chrome
- Mac OS X – 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer, using a current version of Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome
- Sakai works best with Google Chrome
- Test your computer and browser
Software: You’ll need current versions of Microsoft Office – at least Office 2010 (PC) or Office 2011 (Mac). If you need to purchase a copy of Microsoft Office, you can do so at http://providence.onthehub.com using your Providence College email address to register.
Hybrid courses combine online and on-campus instruction, and meet face to face a few times during the semester. Students must make sure they will be able to attend the required on-campus meetings which will be posted prior to the start of the class. For those students who need more flexibility in their schedules, but are hesitant to take a fully online course, a hybrid course may well be the best fit.
NOTE: Most hybrid courses will meet on campus the first week of classes.
To access your online course:
Online classes begin on the first day of the semester. Be sure to log onto your course before the semester begins.
Log onto Sakai with your PC network username and password. Your network username and password are the same ones you use to access the campus wireless network and the computers on campus.
- For help accessing Sakai, click here.
- If you’ve forgotten your network username or password, please contact the PC Help Desk at 401.865.4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Library staff will also be able to help you.
- For all other help with Sakai, email email@example.com.
Online writing help:
The Writing Center sponsors “The Write Site,” which allows you to electronically submit essays up to seven double-spaced pages in length and receive written feedback from a tutor within 48 hours. The Write Site also offers an array of resources for writers, such as research style guides and grammar tips, as well as information regarding plagiarism, writer’s block and the writing process.