New to Online?

Welcome to distance learning at Colorado Mesa University Online (or CMU Online)! Here, you'll find the resources you need to get started with your online courses and to get the help you need throughout your online learning experience.

Are you ready for online?

Online Learning Readiness Assessment

(Online Readiness Questionnaire by Penn State University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.)

Technology Recommendations

You will need basic computer skills and should be comfortable using a word processing program, browsing for files, and copying and pasting between programs. You will need a computer that connects to high-speed Internet. Your username and password are required for access. If you do not own a computer or if your computer malfunctions during the term, you will be expected to identify a computer to use. Technology issues are not an excuse for missed or late work.

To have the best learning experience possible, please be sure you have access to the recommended technology. Colorado Mesa University strongly recommends students use the following technology minimums:

  • High-speed Internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or later (CMU offers Office 365 free of cost to all students.)
  • Mac OS 10.12 or higher
  • Java Runtime Environment 8
  • Current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • D2L works best with Chrome and Firefox. Remember to keep your browser updated. The latest version of Safari and Edge may work with D2L but not all associated tools. Internet Explorer is not supported by D2L. For more information on supported browsers for desktop and mobile devices, check out D2L’s Brightspace Help Browser Support.
  • To check your personal system, check out D2L’s System Check.
  • For courses using multimedia, you will also need speakers or earphones to play sound.
  • Please note: A Chromebook is NOT compatible with the technology needed for online classes.

Modalities

There are three modalities (variations) of online courses offered through Colorado Mesa University:

  • utilize a course management system or equivalent technology approved for use with student records.
  • allow students to complete course requirements without coming to campus or other pre-determined location.
  • require no fixed schedule. Deadlines must be completed as assigned.
  • allow students to complete their tests/assessments online or in a suitable proctored environment.
  • require students to have good computer and time management skills in order to be successful.
  • use BOTH face-to-face and online instructional modes in each class.
  • require students to meet with the instructor face-to-face for 25%-75% of the course contact hours.
  • utilize a course management system or equivalent technology approved for use with student records.
  • schedule both face-to-face (synchronous) and online (asynchronous) times at regularly spaced intervals throughout the semester.
  • require students to have good computer and time management skills in order to be successful.
  • require students to complete their assessments per test/quiz as designated by their instructor.
  • utilize a course management system or equivalent technology approved for use with student records to post grades, syllabus, course outlines, readings, and other instructional content.
  • require students to meet for their scheduled face-to-face (synchronous) class
  • May require students to complete their homework and/or assessments per test/quiz as designated by their instructor.
  • requires students to have good computer skills.