Summer 2014 Course Offerings
Offerings at Brandeis
Online Consortium Frequently Asked Questions
Full-time undergraduates in good academic standing who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors, and who are not studying abroad are invited to take one online cross-registration course through a program offered by Semester Online each semester.
Cross-registration courses taken through these two online programs appear on the student's transcript with the name of the school where the course was taken and the title of the course. The grade that is earned at the host institution will also appear on the Brandeis transcript, however it will not be factored into the GPA (except courses offered by Brandeis faculty). Credits earned by Brandeis undergraduates will count towards the 128 required for graduation, and courses may count towards the major and general education requirement as indicated. Brandeis students earn 4 credits for all online cross-registration courses.
For course descriptions, please visit the Semester Online consortium websites. Enrollment in individual courses may be limited. Tuition charges apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to enroll in these courses?
If you are a full-time undergraduate in good academic standing, you are eligible to enroll in the consortium courses. Enrollment is limited to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. You may not enroll while studying abroad.
How do I enroll?
Registration information is available directly through the Semester Online consortium webpage. No enrollments will be completed directly through Sage. Requests for the signature of the Registrar or his representative must be completed in person at the Registrar's office, Kutz 121 by the student enrolling in the course. Students must honor the registration deadlines of both the online program and Brandeis.
Semester Online registration is completed on the Semester Online webpage by clicking on the Apply button in the top right corner. The application will ask for your home school and contact information and you will indicate which course you plan to take. Additional information may be required by Semester Online prior to enrollment in the course.
Brandeis students participating in a Semester Online course will be asked to complete the Home Institution Confirmation and Approval form which needs to be signed by the University Registrar or his representative. The form should be brought to the Registrar's office in person and after it has been signed, returned electronically according to the instructions provided by Semester Online. The student is responsible for returning the form to complete the Semester Online application.
Can I take more than one online consortium class in the same semester?
Generally no, students are limited to one cross-registration course per term, for a maximum of four credits. Students will not be allowed to take more than one cross-registration course in any term, regardless of which school they attend.
In the summer term, students may take more than one course (up to 12 credits) and are responsible for the tuition charges for each course.
Can I take one online consortium class and also cross-register at an area college in the same semester?
No, students are limited to one cross-registration course per term, for a maximum of four credits. Students will not be allowed to take more than one cross-registration course in any term, regardless of which school they attend.
Where can I read descriptions of the courses being offered?
Course descriptions are available on the consortiums website. Please visit Semester Online.
What general education requirements do these courses fulfill? Will a course count towards my major or minor?
Brandeis courses taught through Semester Online count towards the Brandeis University general education requirements. Please see the individual course descriptions for how each course will count towards the Brandeis general education requirements.
Are these limited enrollment courses?
Yes, though each consortium differs. Semester Online limits enrollment to 20 students in each section of a course, however once the first section fills a second section (at a different time) may be offered. Depending on additional demand and available resources, further sections may be added.
For CourseShare course offerings, there are only a limited number of seats in each course that are being made available to consortium students. No more than 5-8 seats in total from all consortium schools will be available in any given course and the specific number is at the discretion of the host institution.
What class resources will be available to me? Does the consortium use LATTE?
As a visiting student at the host institution, you will have access to all online resources that are available to their students. LATTE will not be available to you for the online course unless it is taught by Brandeis faculty. When you register for the class, you will be directed to the course materials and other information that you will need during the semester.
What will the course look like on my transcript?
Cross-registration courses appear on the transcript with the name of the school where the course was taken and the title of the course. The grade that is earned will appear on the Brandeis transcript, however it will not be factored into the GPA (except courses offered by Brandeis faculty).
I have approved accommodations for a disability, how will the process work for these courses?
Prior to the start of the course, please contact Disabilities Services and Support who will work with the host institution to communicate what accommodations have been approved.
Do consortium schools use the same academic calendar as Brandeis?
No, as with all cross-registration, there are differences in the academic calendars of participant schools. The deadlines to enroll in a course, as well as the last day to drop the course are determined by the host institution. The class will run according to the host institution's academic calendar. Due to differences in academic calendars among the colleges in the consortium, it is not advisable for graduating seniors to enroll in a cross-registered course in their final semester.
Am I held to the academic policies of the host institution?
Yes, when you enroll at the host institution, you become subject to their academic policies and regulations. Their policies and procedures regarding academic integrity and behavior in online classes will be applicable to you while enrolled in the course.
I am a consortium student who wishes to cross-register for an online course offered at Brandeis. How do I enroll in the course?
Registration is completed directly through the consortium webpages. Registration links are posted at the end of each class listing. No enrollments will be completed directly through the Brandeis Registrar's office.
Is there an additional tuition charge?
Yes, Semester Online will collect tuition at the time of registration. Please consult their website for more information.