Make it work on your time. It can be hard to make time for a traditional classroom education. That’s why our online programs allow you to plan your study efforts around the rest of your schedule.
Course materials are always available online, so you can access them once your day’s commitments have been met.
Are you interested in online learning, but wondering if you'd like the format? Register for a demo course and see if it's right for you.
For technical assistance contact the 24/7 Call Center at 978.665.4500 or complete the Online Help Desk Request Form.
Helpful Links and Information
- Current Course Offerings - Seats List (select the current semester and type "online" in the search field)
- Blackboard Login
- 24/7 technical support - 978.665.4500
- Library Services
- 10 Year Distance Learning Report (PDF)
- 4 Tips for Success in Online Courses (blog)
- Is online education right for you? (blog)
- Complaint Process (PDF)
- State Authorization Disclosures (PDF)
A: Online courses at Fitchburg State University are held completely online through Blackboard, our online learning management system. As a student you access and complete all your work in an online setting with a very user friendly interface.
A: The web address for all courses is blackboard.fitchburgstate.edu. As a student, you are given a username and password to access the courses in which you are enrolled.
A: One of the biggest advantages of online learning is that you can access your courses at whatever times are most convenient for you. For example, in a 7-week graduate-level online course, students should plan for 18 hours of course-related tasks per week. How often and at what times you connect depends on you, but it is recommended to stay involved throughout the week.
A: Typically there are not set times. This is what we refer to as asynchronous learning. You access the course at times that are most convenient for you. However, you will have a schedule to keep so that the course has structure. For example, the assignments and activities might have weekly deadlines. This depends on the instructor’s format for class and will be clearly identified.
A: Yes. A working knowledge of and experience with computer applications is recommended prior to enrollment in online distance learning classes.
A: A lot, including:
- Technical support from our Information Technology Helpdesk available 24/7 at 978.665.4500
- For everything beyond technical support, contact Digital Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org
A: You can register for online courses the same as traditional courses. Registration details are available through the registrar.
A: If you contact the IT Helpdesk, they can assist you with your account. The number for the IT Helpdesk is 978.665.4500.
A: Again, please contact the IT Helpdesk as they can access your account and see what the problem is and help you to resolve that problem.
Fitchburg State University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.