Online Classes – and How They Work
At DeVry and Keller, we offer online classes to help you achieve your education and pursue your professional goals in a way that fits your schedule. Whether you’re taking classes while working full-time, raising a family or serving in the military, we offer the solutions you need to learn anywhere, anytime.
Classes Start Every 8 Weeks
You’re never too busy to achieve your goals. Our online classes meet you where you are—home, work or on-the-go. Learn more about our flexible options.
Why Take Online Classes?
When you enroll in online classes at DeVry, you’ll be part of an engaged community of fellow students and professors who challenge and support you.
Flexibility and Convenience
Your career-focused online degree program can be built around your schedule so you can complete your degree on your timeline.
Save Time and Gas Money
You no longer have to worry about commuting to and from class. Take online classes at home, in your office or wherever is most convenient for you and skip the commute and additional gas expense.
Access a Variety of Resources:
At DeVry, you'll have a team working with you to help you move past whatever obstacles may stand in your way. While you may be taking online classes from home, both your professors and Student Support Advisors are committed to your success. As you work toward earning your degree, these individuals can help provide you with the support you need.
- Student Services can answer your questions about resources and how to access them.
- Student Support Advisors are available via phone and email to help you navigate your academic career, develop a plan of study, assist you in selecting your online classes, act as a resource and advocate for you and more.
- Student Technical Help Desk support is available 24/7 to assist you in accessing the online learning platform and course technologies.
- Student Support Advisors help students understand options that may be available to help them pay for their education and developing a financial plan that suits the individual's needs.
If you live near a DeVry University location, you may also have the option to enroll in our hybrid format and take some classes on campus.
How to Succeed in Your Online Classes
Be Prepared with the Right Tools
You can participate in classes, discussions and complete coursework online utilizing a number of different devices including tablets, smartphones as well as desktop and laptop computers.
Read your course materials, your FAQs, your how-tos and online discussions.
Manage Your Time Effectively
Even though you won't be expected to sit in a physical classroom, make it a priority to schedule time to complete your coursework — whether that's interacting with your professor and class online or studying independently.
Use the Tools Provided
We provide multiple tools to help support you while you pursue your online degree. Take advantage of those resources, especially the team of dedicated Student Support Advisors who are here to guide you and answer any questions you may have.
Take Advantage of Tutoring When Needed
You can schedule one-on-one sessions with our professional tutors online and submit papers for review through TutorSource. If you’re struggling in a class — or if you just want some extra help— take advantage of this online resource.
By combining these practices and DeVry University's focus on our students, you'll have access to the tools you need to pursue your educational goals.
Commonly Asked Online Learning Questions
How are online classes structured?
DeVry University’s online classes are designed to give you flexibility while helping you get the most out of each class. How do online classes work? Here’s an overview of what you can expect:
Schedule. Classes at DeVry start every 8 weeks. You’ll receive course material a week before the class starts. This includes a class syllabus that outlines assignments and expectations for each of the 8 weeks of class.
Format. Online classes are presented through DeVry’s online learning platform. Our user-friendly portal is accessible via computer, tablet or mobile phone. Each week’s assignments, topics and discussions are contained on a tab specific to that week. Older content is saved to previous tabs for easy access.
Coursework and assignments. Every class is developed around course learning objectives. Some classes may offer optional live or recorded lectures or group discussions. You’ll also have various assignments to complete throughout the course. These may include assignments that integrate virtual simulations, interactive videos and tools and technologies used in today’s business environment.
Engagement. If you have any questions or concerns before or during the course, you’ll be able to connect with your professor for support. Each week you’ll also engage with classmates and professors by posting on an online discussion board. Some courses may include group projects, which allow students to collaborate virtually to complete assignments together.
How is cheating prevented in online classes?
One big advantage of online classes is how the internet increases educational opportunities and resources. But some wonder whether it also leads to more instances of cheating in classwork or tests. You can rest assured that is not the case. DeVry University holds its students to a high level of social, moral and academic excellence. To maintain this standard, the university has put a strict academic integrity policy and prevention measures in place.
Clear expectations and consequences. Students are informed of the academic integrity policy in the university’s student handbook. They are instructed on what academic integrity is, what constitutes a violation of the policy and what consequences follow.
Namely, you are expected to submit original work to showcase your learning. The policy applies to every type of coursework, including discussions, assignments and quizzes. Integrity guidelines are also established at the beginning of every class and included in the course syllabus. Students are asked to sign an honor code affirming they understand and will abide by the guidelines.
Prevention measures. DeVry has also put measures in place to prevent cheating. Software within the university’s online learning platform helps flag any instances of plagiarism. It prevents violations and also helps you ensure you’re using outside sources correctly before you submit any work.
The academic integrity policy is also reinforced through faculty training and resources. Instructors have access to resources about how to encourage original learning. They receive information about how to offer assessments that foster attitudes of learning, self-management and trust among their students.
What are Synchronous and Asynchronous online classes?
Online training comes in many forms and offers the same level of excellence as in-class instruction. In general, online classes can contain material that is either synchronous, asynchronous or a combination of both. At DeVry, courses may have both a synchronous and asynchronous component in order to meet the needs of students.
Synchronous online classes take place in real-time. For example, students may have the opportunity to attend live lessons through video conferencing or engage in live office hours or chat sessions with their instructors. These activities often take place at a scheduled time during the week.
Asynchronous online classes can be accessed by students as it suits their schedules. For example, students completing asynchronous content may have the opportunity to access recorded live lessons, supplemental readings and interactive learning modules. Asynchronous activities must be completed by syllabus deadlines wherever and whenever works best for the student’s schedule.
What are the benefits of online learning?
Online learning is a great solution for anyone looking to advance their education. You get the same level of excellence in education you would from in-person instruction—with the added flexibility to study anywhere, anytime.
This flexibility is helpful for those also balancing work, family and other commitments. While students are expected to complete certain assignments each week, you can put in the work when and where you have time to do so when taking online classes. You also save time by not commuting to and from school. Online learning is especially convenient for those who have a career and don’t want to put it on hold while they advance their education.
Along with flexibility, online education offers opportunities to expand your network and your technical skills. Students in DeVry's online programs have the advantage of meeting with other students from around the country. You’ll also be well-versed in the tech solutions used in online classes and education. This familiarity may transfer to similar tools used in the workplace.
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Minimum System Requirements for Online Classes
Supported Operating Systems:
- Windows 10, Windows 8x, and Windows 7 are supported. Please note Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1 are not supported. Users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments).
- Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and higher is supported for most online course materials, but there may be applications that require a supported Windows Operating System. Therefore, please be prepared to run a virtual machine environment such as Parallels desktop, vmWare Fusion, Oracle VirtualBox or use BootCamp with an installed and supported Windows Operating System (as mentioned above) if you elect to use a Mac computer.
Supported Internet Browsers:
Internet Browser Settings:
Minimum Hardware Specifications for Online Classes
Minimum PC Specs for Business and Management:
Additional requirements for all electronics students taking online coursework:
Additional Information and Recommendations
Computer and Internet Security:
- Your screen resolution (size) should be set at minimum to 1024 x 768 or higher. Students using Netbook computers or computers unable to meet the minimum requirements for screen settings may require the use of an additional monitor capable of displaying the supported resolution.
Have additional questions about our online learning technical requirements? Request more information or call 866-338-7934 and a member of our team will be glad to help.
All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some online classes and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.
1http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Future_of_Jobs_2018.pdf - page 12.
2Each student is allotted 13 hours of tutoring per academic session through www.Tutor.com (available 24/7). Additional tutoring services are also available through www.DeVryTutors.com.