Welcome to Marshall University Online’s orientation! This brief orientation will guide you through the basic steps you need to follow to prepare for a successful online course experience.

First Steps Guide

Privacy Issues

Your grades, whether they are recorded for assignments, quizzes, graded discussions, etc. are only visible to the course instructor, teaching assistant (if applicable), and technical support staff. They are not visible to other students. Our support staff respects your privacy.

While online courses are secure in that only those enrolled or associated with the course are given access, we recommend that you exercise good judgment when posting or emailing confidential information, just as you would if sharing confidential information in a face-to-face classroom setting or via a personal email account.

Get Your Computer Ready

1. Get connected!

To access your online courses at Marshall University, you are going to need a computer with access to the Internet. Many students work on their courses at home, from the workplace, from public libraries…wherever and whenever it’s convenient for them.

2. Check your hardware and software configurations!

Make sure that the computer you will use to access your online course meets the minimum hardware requirements provided in the Computer Requirements section of Marshall University Online.

3. Check your Internet browser, settings, and plug-ins!

Internet Explorer is the supported web browser for Marshall University Online courses. Please make sure you have the correct version and settings of Internet Explorer installed on your computer, as well as the basic plug-ins (free software) which may be required in your course syllabus.

Note for AOL users: you can use AOL as your Internet Service Provider (connection to the Internet), but you should not use the AOL browser to access your online course. For instructions on how to access your course using AOL, see the Computer Requirements section of MUOnline.