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MPS in Clinical Psychological Science

Online Learning

Overview | Access Instructions | Online Library | Guidelines for Success

Online Learning Overview

ELMS (Enterprise Learning Management System) is the online environment that supports most online teaching and learning at UMD. ELMS provides access to static course content (e.g., syllabi, schedules, announcements, and lecture notes), as well as access to interactive tools (e.g., discussion groups, live chats, and online assessments). Graduate programs that are 100% online are specially crafted to offer high quality, interactive, instruction to busy professionals. Face-to-face or blended graduate programs may also use online learning for course content (e.g., syllabi, schedules, announcements, and lecture notes) or for interactive tools (e.g., discussion groups, live chats, and online assessments).

UMD offers the following types of online courses:

  • Asynchronous: Student is NOT required to login at a specific time and participate in course activities, and access and complete course work at any time during the defined length of a course. An asynchronous course will have this notation: Class time/details on ELMS.
  • Synchronous: Student is required to login at a specific time and includes with live instruction and engagement among program participants. A synchronous course will indicate this information either within the course description or list a specific online meeting time.
  • Blended: Student is required to attend class meetings or exams on campus as well as to participate in an online element. This online element will have the notation Class time/details on ELMS (meaning that the instructor will let you know) or it will have a specific online meeting time listed.

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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