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Q. What is an Internet (WWW) course?
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An Internet course, which Nicholls identifies as a WWW section, allows students to take an actual accredited college course online on any computer with Internet access. There are typically no regularly scheduled class times, so students can “go to class” anytime they want, as long as they keep up with the instructor’s course schedule and deadlines. The instructor communicates with students through the course site or via e-mail.

Q. Do the courses scheduled as WWW have any required class meetings?
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No.  Any course listed as WWW is a 100% online course. Some instructors do require in-person testing that may necessitate the use of an off-campus proctor.

Q. How do I complete the coursework and communicate with my instructor?
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The WWW courses are delivered through a course management system known as Moodle. Students may access the courses through the Internet, using any Java-enabled browser. Internet Explorer 5.5 or 6.0 seems to work well, although some prefer the latest version of Netscape. Students are typically enrolled in the course, meaning their login is activated, on the first scheduled class day. The log-on screen is found at http://moodle2.nicholls.edu/moodle/

Q. How do I log-on to my classes?
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Follow these steps:

  • Locate Moodle on the Nicholls home page (under the Current Students drop-down menu) or go directly to http://moodle2.nicholls.edu/moodle/.
  • Once on the Moodle site, click USER LOGIN.
  • Enter username and password and click LOGIN. (See next question for username and password.)
  • Once logged in, your online courses will appear on the left side of the screen. Click on the course you want to enter. (You can switch between classes by clicking another course in the MY COURSES box at the far left of the page.)
  • Follow the instructions listed in Announcements (main page).
  • Course content is listed in the buttons/links on the left side of the screen.
  • Click on the back arrow at the top of the page to see the previous page.

Q. What is my username and password?
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A requirement of students enrolled in an online course is a valid e-mail account.

How to obtain a username and password:

  • Username: At http://acs.nicholls.edu/email, students can enter their name to obtain their Nicholls e-mail address which contains their username. For example, a student’s Nicholls e-mail address looks like this Username@its.nicholls.edu. NOTE: Your username will be the letters and numbers before the ampersand (@).
    • If this search is unsuccessful, students can visit or call any open computer lab for assistance. Please specify that you are requesting assistance in determining your username or userID when contacting one of the labs listed below:
      • WAC Lab, Ellender Library (first floor), 985.448.4765
      • Cenac Lab, 109 Powell Hall, 985.448.4868
      • Ayo Lab, 101 Ayo Hall, 985.493.2560
  • Password: A student’s Moodle password is set as his/her social security number. This password cannot be changed.

Q. Must I complete an application to Nicholls State University?
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Former students not enrolled at Nicholls in the preceding semester must submit an application for re-admission. If a student has enrolled in any institution of higher learning, including a summer session, after attending Nicholls, the student must have a complete and official transcript from each college or university attended, whether or not credit was earned, sent to the Office of Admissions by the registrar of the institutions previously attended. Nicholls students who attend only the summer session at another institution must furnish an official transcript to the Office of Admissions prior to the next registration period.

Q. How do I apply for admission or re-admission?
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Students can come to campus to fill out the appropriate form and pay the admission fee or they may apply online at http://www.nicholls.edu/apply. It usually takes several days to process.

Q. Can I register online for these courses?
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Yes. Nicholls offers online registration for all of its courses. Contact your academic adviser to receive your PIN number.

Q. How do I register?
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Before registering, students should contact the department or college for the degree they are seeking. Even though the courses are through the Internet, students will still need to get an adviser to assist in scheduling classes. Students can communicate with their adviser by phone, e-mail or face-to-face.

Q. Do I have to have a home computer and an Internet Service Provider (ISP)?
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You should have your own computer and access to the Internet. However, if you wish to work on campus, Nicholls provides adequate access to open computer laboratories to complete your assignments. Just make sure you get a parking decal.

Q: How do I become a good online learner?

A:   Below are some simple tips:

  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined
  • Read syllabus and other documents thoroughly
  • Log on to your course every single day
  • Be willing and able to commit to 4 to 6 hours per credit hour per week
  • Don’t get behind in classwork
  • Check website and e-mail regularly
  • Participate
  • Be able to communicate through writing
  • Be willing to “speak up” if problems arise
  • Be polite and respectful
  • Be able to meet the requirements of the program


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