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How Online Courses Work

Other than the flexibility online learning provides, attending most online courses is not very different from a traditional classroom experience.  Online courses are identical to their on-campus counterparts in terms of prerequisites, course content, assignments and grading.  College of Engineering faculty teach their courses to an on-campus audience at the same time our technical support team captures the class meeting for online students.  That same day, the lecture will be digitized and available to online students through the course website, along with the professor’s own notes on the lecture material.  All class meetings and notes posted online will remain available to enrolled students throughout the term.

While online students can choose when to view lectures and review notes, courses follow the semester or summer session schedule, and online students must keep up with the pace of the course.  Just as in on-campus courses, homework is assigned periodically, and online students must submit their assignments electronically by the assigned due date.  Exams must be proctored.  Proctors administer the examination and ensure students adhere to all testing policies.  All Engineering Online students are required to select their own proctor according to our guidelines and submit their choice to Engineering Online staff for approval.

Faculty Support
While online study requires a great deal of self-discipline, you are not expected to go it alone.  As an Engineering Online student, you are encouraged to develop a rapport with the College of Engineer’s dedicated faculty.  Your professors are there to support you with any questions that arise as you progress through each course.

See for yourself!
Follow the link below to preview an entire class lecture.  Our full-length demos allow you to sample the content and structure of our online courses, and can help you determine if online learning is right for you. 

Lecture Demos

Computer Specifications

NCSU has recommended minimum specifications for computers that are generally used for courses. Those specifications can be found here:

It is highly recommended that you have a digital scanner with a resolution of at least 300 dpi to scan homework assignments done on paper and submit them to your instructor. All assignments must be submitted electronically.

All online students must have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection.  A quick way to test your system is to view one of the demo classes.  If you are able to smoothly stream the demo lectures, your computer meets the minimum requirements to access our online courses. Specifically, Engineering Online recommends that your computer meets or exceeds the minimum specifications below.




  • Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP
  • Intel-compatible 1 GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 120 GB hard drive or solid state drive with 1 GB free space available
  • Video display at 1024 x 768 or greater
  • Sound output and speakers
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome
  • Windows Media Player 9.0 or later
  • Microsoft Silverlight 5.0 or later
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Broadband Internet connection (1.5Mbps or more)


  • Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later
  • Intel-compatible 1GHz processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 120 GB hard drive or solid state drive with 1 GB free space available
  • Video display at 1024 x 768 or greater
  • Sound output and speakers
  • Safari 4.0 (or later) or Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Silverlight 5.0 or later
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or OS X Preview
  • Broadband Internet connection (1.5 Mbps or more)
  • Mediasite playback on Linux is supported in a limited capacity. Currently only on-demand playback is supported, and installation of additional software or codecs may be necessary.
  • For more information about Mediasite playback on Linux, please refer to the Sonic Foundry Knowledgebase article here.
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Adobe Reader for Unix
  • Broadband Internet connection (1.5 Mbps or more)


Lecture playback is also supported on several mobile device platforms as long as the following minimum specifications are met.





  • iPad 2 or later
  • iOS 4.3 or later
  • Apple Mobile Safari
  • Wi-Fi or celluar data connection (3G or higher)


  • iPhone 4.0 or later, iPod Touch 4th generation or later
  • iOS 4.3 or later
  • Apple Mobile Safari
  • Mediasite iPhone/iPod app (free download from the Apple app store)
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Android 4.0 or later
  • Android browser
  • Wi-Fi or cellular data connection (3G or higher)
  • Blackberry devices running Blackberry OS 7.0 or later
  • Playbook devices runing QNX
  • Blackberry browser
  • Wi-Fi or cellular data connection (3G or higher)



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