ACADEMIC SUCCESS

IW Online provides students with support and tools that enhance your learning experience and set you up for success in the classroom and in life. 

Academic Advising

Prospective students work with an enrollment advisor who will guide you through the admissions process. Your enrollment advisor will help you understand how your credits will transfer and serve as your liaison as you register for your first courses, apply for financial aid or arrange tuition assistance benefits and help you prepare to start class.

After you start your first class you will be assigned a Success Advisor who will coach you on your path to graduation. Your success advisor will help you plan when you need to take classes in order to finish your degree on a timeline that works for you. They will also help you strategize how to be successful whether it’s helping you develop a study plan, tutoring referrals or providing support when you have a setback.

Textbooks

Information about required textbooks and other materials is available at the Iowa Wesleyan Bookstore. Textbook information is posted early so you have ample time to order and receive your materials before class starts. Most textbooks have a variety of purchase options including used, rental and eBook or eBook rental.

If you want to use financial aid to pay for your textbooks you may order them from the bookstore and select financial aid as a payment option.

Disability Services

Iowa Wesleyan University values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. Our goal is to create learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or accurate assessment or achievement contact the Disability Service Office at (319) 385-6383 to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.

Online Classroom

IW Online uses Instructure Canvas to support support all online courses. The IW online classrooms can be accessed by going to https://canvas.iw.edu/.

All course content such as the class syllabus, lecture materials and assignment information is delivered in the Canvas online classroom. All student activities such as discussions, quizzes, exams and assignment submission take place in Canvas.

System Requirements

Browsers: All modern browsers are supported including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11 and Edge. IE 10 or below is not supported.

Word Processor: All written assignments such as essays and research papers are required to be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.

Internet Connection: Access to a reliable Internet connection is essential for success in an online class. A high speed Internet connection is highly recommended.

Technical Support

Questions regarding the IW student portal and/or IW email accounts may be directed to the Iowa Wesleyan Help Desk at 319-385-6251 or email itsfrontdesk@iw.edu. Hours are Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm CT.

Questions regarding Canvas (online classroom) from instructors and students may be directed to canvashelpdesk@iw.edu.

What to Expect in an Online Class

Students taking an online course should expect to spend approximately 12 – 15 hours per week on course-related matters (per three-credit course). The time required for each course should considered when deciding how many credits to register for each term. Treat online classes the way you would other life commitments like your job, appointments, etc. Block time in your calendar for studying/working on class and do your best to always honor that designated time.

The online classroom is equipped with student resources including tutorials on how to navigate the classroom, strategies for success in an online class, library and research pages and a help forum. Classes are divided into eight weekly modules and each week’s content is delivered sequentially in order to guide you through the course. To help you stay organized you can add the course calendar to your personal calendar (Google Calendar, Outlook, etc.) and/or set up email and SMS notifications.

Writing Help

APA: All written work is required to follow the APA style rules of formatting and reference citations. The APA manual is available at the Iowa Wesleyan University bookstore and every online classroom contains resources for how to use APA.

TurnItIn: TurnItIn is a plagiarism detection tool that compares your work for similarity to other submitted documents in TurnItIn’s database. Some assignments may require submission to TurnItIn at the instructor’s discretion. TurnItIn is integrated with the online classroom. Students are not required to create a TurnItIn account and assignments designated for TurnItIn will be checked automatically upon submission in the online classroom.

Tutoring Center: Writing support is available through the Office of Academic Success and Inclusive Support (OASIS). Students may submit their work online and receive personalized feedback.

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