Online Course Format

What is online learning?

At Butler Online, learning opportunities (web and web blended) are presented through the Internet using a learning management system known as Canvas. These courses cover the same objectives and competencies as courses offered face-to-face on campus. Instead of having an instructor physically present, you will get notes, lectures and assignments from web pages (and video material in some cases), participate in discussions, communicate, research, and take quizzes, and turn in assignments using the specially designed tools in Canvas. You will still have a live instructor, classmates, textbook materials, a syllabus, assignments, feedback and exams. We even keep class sizes similar to those on-campus counterparts, about 18 - 25 per class.

Are Butler Online courses open entry/open exit?

No, both online courses and blended courses are subject to the school calendar. Although the course materials can be accessed at the student's convenience, there are deadlines and due dates for assignments and tests throughout the term. Each course has a definite start and stop date. Online students are expected to log on to their courses during the first week of classes and continue active participation throughout the semester.

Do online courses have class meetings?

There are two formats for Butler Online courses: web courses and web blended courses. A web course has no required on-campus visits. However, all instructors have the option to require proctored or on-site testing. A blended course has required on-campus visits throughout the semester. These required meetings provide opportunities for labs, learning activities, and performance outcomes that are not feasible in an online environment. Check the online schedule and blended schedule for specific information about on-site requirements for each course.

How do I take tests?

The individual instructors design the assessment process for their courses. Some require tests to administered in a proctored environment while others post the exams online and do not require a proctored environment. The Testing Center is located at the Andover campus.

Students outside a 60-mile radius of a Butler site can make arrangements to take exams with a Butler-approved proctor. Exams may be administered in paper-based or web-based formats. Butler of McConnell is not available for online testing.