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Distance Education

Distance Education is a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. North American University offers distance education courses in fully online format. An online course is defined as one for which all regularly scheduled face-to-face class meetings are replaced by required learning activities completed at a distance and managed online. Online courses allow students to take courses from geographically remote locations without the need to come to campus.

Online courses are delivered entirely using distance education tools through NAU’s Moodle course management system, NAUmoodle. In order to successfully take part in an online course students are expected to have access to a personal computer or a compatible mobile device with Internet access, and an Internet service provider. Our online courses have both synchronous and asynchronous activities. Please review our Technology Requirements to ensure that you fulfill all the requirements of an online course. Students are expected to follow Netiquette rules as student-instructor, student-content, and student-student interactions take place entirely online.

Is online learning right for me? Submit the Online Learning Readiness Form to assess your readiness for stepping into the online learning environment.

Technology Requirements

In the North American University online learning environment, computer software and hardware allows you to communicate clearly and effectively with faculty, staff, and other students. It is the vehicle by which you submit all course assignments. Without the appropriate software and hardware, you will not be able to access course materials, collaborate with faculty, and complete assignments for submission and grading. All courses at NAU require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Office. Assignments created using other applications, such as Google Documents, Open Office, WordPerfect, etc. are not acceptable. Macintosh files created using applications other than the MS Office suite are not satisfactory and will not be accepted by the instructor. Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets,  may not be fully compatible with NAUmoodle, our online course management system.

Minimum Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office 2007 Student Edition
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Edition
  • Acrobat Reader: Adobe Acrobat Reader 8
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 11, Chrome 10
  • Browser Plugins: Adobe Flash Player, Acrobat Reader, Quicktime Player
  • Browser Settings: Cookies and Javascript must be enabled
  • Webinar: GoToMeeting – latest version

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Internet Connection: 700Kbps-Cable or DSL
  • Computer Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Processor
  • Computer Memory: 2 GB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Graphics Card: Graphics card with 256 MB memory
  • Microphone: Built-in Microphone
  • Webcam: Built-in Webcam

Minimum Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office 2010 Student Edition
  • Operating System: MAC OS X 10.6
  • Acrobat Reader: Adobe Acrobat Reader 7
  • Browser: Safari 6, Firefox 11, Chrome 10
  • Browser Plugins: Adobe Flash Player, Acrobat Reader
  • Browser Settings: Cookies and Javascript must be enabled
  • Webinar: GoToMeeting – latest version

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • Internet Connection: 700Kbps-Cable or DSL
  • Computer Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Processor
  • Computer Memory: 2 GB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Graphics Card: Graphics card with 256 MB memory
  • Microphone: Built-in Microphone
  • Webcam: Built-in Webcam

Computer Skills

NAU distance education students are expected to have good computer skills mentioned below, and to have access to a reliable computer and internet provider. Students are expected to solve their technical difficulties with their computer, Internet access,  or other issues which are outside of the control of NAU staff. If you do not possess the skills mentioned below, you will have some technology to learn in addition to the curriculum of the courses you take and should make extra time in your schedule accordingly.

Some courses will require more extensive web searching than others. All courses will require continued use of an Internet Browser. Many courses will require proficiency at conducting on-line searches using search engines and directories. This is a minimal skill for participating in an Internet course.
Many courses will involve downloading software and/or installing course-specific software.
In addition to being able to send and receive e-mail messages, skill in attaching files and objects (pictures and graphics) is essential to success in an Internet course.
These are basic computer skills that will be useful in nearly every Internet course.
Basic proficiency in word processing is fundamental to success in an Internet course. Students must be able to create, edit, save, and retrieve documents; plus cutting and pasting to and from e-mail.

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Contact Info

Email: moodle@na.edu
Phone: 832.230.5555 ext 307
Room: MB 203
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm