New & Current Student FAQs

What can I expect from an online course?

  • NJIT Online courses follow a similar format to those that are held in person; they are led by a faculty member who is an expert in the field, utilize textbooks, and often require homework, class participation, and exams. NJIT Online courses take place in Moodle, an online learning platform. Registered online students log into Moodle using their NJIT UCID and password to access lessons, participate in discussion forums, upload assignments, take tests and quizzes, and more.

  • While deadlines tend to be scheduled weekly, many courses require participation in live online discussions or events, and group work may require meetings with classmates outside of the course.

What do I need to access my course?

Students should have access to a computer with access to the Internet. In some cases, an instructor may use proctoring for their online course in which case a computer with a microphone and webcam is required.

When will I have access to my course?

Students can expect access to their course by the first day of classes as listed in the NJIT Academic Calendar. Unless noted otherwise, online courses use the same academic calendar as NJIT on-campus courses.

What computer skills do I need to have to take NJIT online courses?

At a minimum, NJIT Online students should know how to send and receive email, attach a file to an email, and use a web browser and word processor. As a technical school, many of our courses and programs will require additional technical and computer skills to meet course requirements. Please check with your program advisor or course instructor with any concerns.

Do I ever have to attend class?

Online courses are typically offered synchronously or asynchronously; NJIT online courses tend to favor the asynchronous model, with some courses including synchronous video sessions and examinations.

  • Synchronous online learning requires students and instructors to participate in a learning event that occurs at a specific, scheduled time.

  • Hybrid Learning, also referred to as "blended learning," is the term used to describe courses that are delivered both in-person and online.

  • Asynchronous online learning utilizes digital learning technologies to enable lessons to be experienced at any time. Most of NJIT's online courses are asynchronous, allowing the NJIT student the most opportunity for flexibility.

  • Converged Learning is a new and innovative way of delivering instruction that integrates online and on-ground students into a single learning community, converging the physical and virtual classrooms.  Within the NJIT Converged Learning delivery model, there is no distinction between online and on-ground courses. Curriculum delivery is dependent on time, but independent of place, allowing for student (and instructor) to attend class in-person or online in a synchronous mode. Visit the NJIT Converged Learning webpage to learn more.

At registration, it will be indicated if the course is a Hybrid or Converged Learning course.

Is an online course easier than an on-campus course?

Online courses have the same outcomes as on-campus courses. There is no difference between the difficulty of an online course and a face-to-face course.

How do I take a test?

Instructors may deploy exams in Moodle using the quiz tool. For academic integrity purposes, an instructor may use the following services:

All online instructors have the option of deploying an exam using one of two methods:

  • ProctorU - a live online proctoring service that verifies a student’s identity by asking the student to show an ID before taking the exam.

  • Respondus Monitor - an asynchronous online exam monitoring software that asks for students to share their ID before taking an exam. Respondus Monitor exams are recorded via webcam in a secure browser for instructors to review.

Information regarding these services will be listed in the course syllabus. If ProctorU will be used, information about the product (including the costs) will be available at the time of registration. A typical exam using ProctorU typically ranges from $20-$35.

What types of students do well in an online course?

Online courses are not for everyone. Students taking an online course must be self-motivated, good time managers, and capable of working independently.

Do I need to participate in an online class?

Regular participation in an online course is a required component. Students are expected to communicate with their instructor and classmates in an online environment. Students should expect to participate on a weekly basis.

Where can I get help?

  • For academic questions regarding the course, please contact your instructor.

  • Tutorials for students are available in Moodle.

For technical issues, please contact the IST Service Desk.