Distance Learning FAQs

How do I know if Distance Learning is right for me?

Take the Distance Learning quiz to find out if Distance Learning is right for you. Please click on Is Distance Learning Right For You to proceed.

Where do I go for more information on the CSU Distance Learning programs?

For more information about distance learning at CSU, please contact The Center for Innovation & Distance Learning at 937-376-6302.

What are the costs of Distance Learning courses?

Distance Learning tuition fees are the same as those for on-campus courses.

How can I register for Distance Learning Courses?

Registration procedures for Distance Learning courses are the same as procedures for on-campus courses. For more information, email the Admissions Office or call 937-376-6348.

How can I get my textbooks?

Your textbooks can be purchased at the CSU bookstore or from an online vendor.

When does class start?

An online course starts the same date as other CSU scheduled courses.

It is the student’s responsibility to initiate participation in each online class by contacting the professor. The student should complete the Online DL-Orientation (Is Online Learning Right for Me?), then find Username and Set Password at MyCSU, and finally log in to Blackboard, go to their course site.

What kind of computer equipment do I need?

In order to participate in a fully online or hybrid (blended) course at CSU, students must have reliable access to a computer with Internet access (even though you can access the Internet with a dial-up modem is not recommended).

Will I need to come to the CSU campus?

No. All course contents will be available online including examinations although certain restrictions may apply. See your your syllabus for more details

How do I communicate with my instructor?

There are many methods of communication available, depending on the course you are taking. Most instructors encourage communication via Discussion Boards, virtual office hours through virtual chat, e-mail and phone.

What if I don’t have Internet at home?

Online students must be proficient users of the World Wide Web and e-mail and must provide their own reliable, regular access to the Internet ( they may use CSU Library Technology Learning Center)).

I can’t log into Blackboard. What do I do?


First, contact your instructor and make sure that you are enrolled in the course. You may also contact the Center for Instruction Technology Innovation (CITI) by calling (937) 376-6302 or email Sue Zeeb at szeeb@centralstate.edu.

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