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Online Learning Overview

The MPS in Technology Entrepreneurship uses ELMS (Enterprise Learning Management System) as the online learning environment. ELMS provides access to static course content (e.g., syllabi, schedules, announcements, video lectures, etc.), as well as access to interactive tools (e.g., discussion groups, live chats, and online assessments).

As an asynchronous experience, MPS in Technology Entrepreneurship students are NOT regularly required to login at a specific time to participate in course activities. Students access and complete course work at any time during the assigned week.  The occasional synchronous interactions are available by appointment at a variety of times to accommodate student schedules.

Accessing Online Courses

To get started, click here. The course instructor must first load the online course into ELMS. Once the course is in ELMS, registered students have automatic access. This occurs no earlier than 72 hours prior to course start date and no less than 24 hours prior to course start date. Only students who are registered and on the official class list can access the course. If students register late, it may take up to 24 hours for ELMS to give online access. If canceled for non-payment, students lose access immediately.

Online Library Usage

UMD Libraries extends a number of online resources and services through its Web site: www.lib.umd.edu/UMCP.

Guidelines for Success

Technology and Computer Skill Requirements:

  • A computer with high-speed internet access.
  • Skill in operating a computer, navigating the internet, sending and receiving e-mail, uploading and downloading files, opening attachments, downloading applications, and other basic skills.

Communication and Collaboration:

  • Interaction with professors and students may include: chat rooms, forums, threaded discussions, e-mail, teleconferencing, video conferencing, and other venues enriches the learning experience and provides a real opportunity to learn from others.​
  • Successful students take the initiative to participate in classes and related activities, meet deadlines, and complete all coursework.

Basic Tips:

  • Online learning is rigorous and as demanding as face-to-face, traditional courses. Be prepared to work a minimum of 9-12 hours per week for every 3 credit-hour course you take.
  • ​Read the syllabus and learn the course objectives, due dates and other requirements.
  • Read and study all materials provided in the course including textbooks and supplemental material.
  • Be an active participant in your class.Contact your instructor with questions or clarifications.​
  • Time management is essential. Establish a set period of time each day or week to devote to taking the course and to studying. Avoid procrastination and “cramming.”
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