Course Formats

CIOS offers courses in three different formats:

Online, Self-Directed

  • Online, self-directed courses do not have regular meeting dates or times.
  • Students must have access to a computer that meets the computer/software requirements for the course they are taking.
  • Students who do not have access at home or work can use the computers in the CIOS instructional lab. 
  • Students access all assignments through Blackboard and complete the coursework on their own at their own pace.
  • Students contact the instructor via email and visit the instructional lab for assistance when needed.
  • Self-directed course requirements:
    • All course content is online; printing is rarely required.
    • Students must complete the coursework by the end of the semester. Incomplete grades are not an option for self-directed courses.  
    • One-credit courses require approximately 45 hours of work; two-credit courses, 90 hours; three-credit courses, 135 hours (depending on individual technical skills).
    • Some courses require students to take tests in the instructional lab.
    • Instructors indicate deadlines for completing course requirements in the course syllabus and in Blackboard.

Traditional Lecture

  • Traditional lecture courses have regular meeting times in an instructional lab.
  • Students meet with the instructor and the rest of the class at a specific time each week. CIOS classes meet at the University Center in room 133 or 134.
  • Instructors set deadlines and the entire class moves through the coursework at the same time.

E-Learning

  • E-Learning courses (formerly called Distance Education courses) are taught completely online via E-Live.
  • Instructors set meeting dates/times and assignment deadlines. 
  • Students must have access to a computer that meets the computer/software requirements for the course they are taking.
  • If the course requires online meetings, students must purchase a headset and microphone.
  • Some courses require students to collaborate on group projects.

View Computer Information & Office Systems course descriptions.