Online Learning FAQ

How do online classes work?
Canvas is a centralized, easy-to-use, web-based learning management system that transforms the everyday classroom into interactive web sessions for the K-State community.

All courses are created in partnership with our faculty and quality course coordinators to ensure a learning experience that is tailored to the subject matter and the expected learning outcomes. You will receive the same quality of instruction no matter where you call home.

Through Canvas, you can:

  • View course lectures and materials.

  • Download files provided by the instructor.

  • Upload documents and assignments in various media formats.

  • Participate in chat rooms with a white board and message boards.

  • Be part of a student group within your particular class.

  • View your grades and progress reports.

  • Communicate with your instructor via email.

What is it like to study online?
Our interactive and dynamic programs allow you to participate in group projects and assignments and communicate with peers and instructors in numerous ways, including:

  • Email: Send direct messages to your classmate and instructors.

  • Groups: Collaborate with classmates on group project and assignments.

  • Announcements: Stay up to date with important information that the instructor shares with the entire class.

  • Discussion boards: Share ideas and feedback with the class.

What kind of computer and other technology will I need?
Most courses require use of technology and media and a stable internet connection. We are committed to making your courses as easy as possible to access while maintaining a quality online experience. Check out the minimum computer requirements you will need, as well as software recommendations.

What does it mean to be 100 percent online?
Although your educational experience may not take place in a traditional classroom, you’ll receive the same high-quality instruction from the expert faculty who teach our on-campus courses. You will also receive course materials, assignments and projects very similar to those you would receive if you were taking a class on campus.

Classes are structured to increase interaction, and students are often surprised at the strong bonds they’re able to forge with their classmates, advisors and faculty even when they live hundreds of miles apart.

You can also stay connected with your online community by following the K-State Online social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), and watching videos related to K-State distance education on the K-State Online YouTube channel. Distance students also receive a weekly email with updates and essentials called WorldWide Wildcats, and you can stay current on campus news through the K-State Collegian, a student-run newspaper available online.

What does it mean to be asynchronous?
You can complete our flexible degree programs on your own time and at your own pace. The majority of K-State Online courses are asynchronous, meaning you can plan class and study time around the rest of your day, instead of the other way around.

You’ll complete weekly assignments, readings, discussions and occasional group projects at times that are most convenient to you, but with the assigned due dates in mind. Some courses may require online group work that you need to plan for when managing your schedule.

Will my tuition be the same no matter where I live/study?
K-State Online is committed to providing affordable, accessible educational opportunities to meet the needs of students and professionals. Online and off-campus courses are assessed at a fixed tuition rate regardless of residency status, which means you’ll pay the same tuition rate regardless of where you study. Tuition rates vary based on whether they are undergraduate- or graduate-level. Additional fees may be assessed by colleges and departments.