2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

Graduate School of Education Online Programs

Prerequisite Technology Competencies and Skills

Students are encouraged to review the online readiness survey, which can also be accessed via the online section of the website, www.lesley.edu/online/, to determine if they have the technology competencies and skills required for success in an online program. Students are expected to be able to use email to send communications, including the use of links and attachments. It is expected that students will be able create and format word processing documents, upload and download documents, access online video and audio files, and search for information on the web.

Technical Equipment Requirements

Internet: Students enrolling in online courses must have access to a high-speed, reliable Internet connection. Dial-up is not sufficient for online work.

Hardware: Students should have a computer (Mac or PC) or equivalent device that meets the following hardware specifications: (1) a processor (CPU) with 1 GHz frequency or above; (2) adapter for Ethernet connection (LAN) or a wireless adapter (Wi-Fi); (3) 10 GB hard disk drive; (4) 2 GB memory (RAM) or above; (5) CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM; (6) sound card with speakers. Computers that are less than three years old likely meet these specifications. Some courses will require access to a digital camera (or smart device) for basic image and video capture.

Software: PCs should run with OS of Windows 7 and above or Mac OS X 10.8 and above. Students should have access to an integrated word processor/spreadsheet package, preferably not prior to Microsoft Office 2010 for PC or Office 2011 for Mac. Students should also have antivirus software loaded onto their computers. In addition, other software that students may expect to use in their online coursework could include multimedia tools such as Kaltura, Voicethread, Lync, or Collaborate.

Browser: The browser of preference for online classes is Firefox, and any voice tools in myLesley require Java 7. Some content-specific software will be required throughout the program; students will be given information on how to purchase it prior to the start of each course.

For information about online programs, please contact an admissions counselor at 888.494.5789 or online@lesley.edu.

Academic Support Services

Students in Lesley online programs have access to the same support services as all other graduate students. Services most typically used are provided by the Center for Academic Achievement, primarily for assistance with academic writing, and Disability Services.

Students in online Master's degree programs are assigned an academic advisor and a faculty advisor. Both are responsible for the coordination of academic advising and student services for all students in the Graduate School of Education. Academic advisors serve as liaisons between students and university support offices on the Lesley campus. When students are accepted into a Lesley program, they are assigned a faculty advisor, who is available to work with them regarding career and professional issues and offer academic support and guidance. Students may find their faculty advisor's name through the Lesley Online Information Service (LOIS). Students in online graduate certificate programs receive advising services from the assistant director affiliated with their program.

Additional student support relating to academic technology, including technology purchase discounts, can be found at support.lesley.edu.