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How to Enroll in an Online Class

Current Truman Students

Currently enrolled Truman students may register as they typically do.  The timetable for registration is located here.  As is the case during normal semesters, students may continue to add courses after their registration window, but care should be taken to plan ahead as low-enrolled summer courses are occasionally cancelled.  Check the Course List to be sure of the current status of available courses.

Non-Degree Seeking Students (Students not currently enrolled at Truman)

Non-Degree Seeking Students, or students not currently enrolled at Truman but wishing to take a course or two, will first need to file an application as a Non-Degree Seeking Student.  Visit the Truman Institute’s Non-Degree Seeking Student page for more information and applications.  Upon completion of your application, contact the Truman Institute at (660) 785-5384 or for registration assistance.

Graduate Certificate Students

Students in Graduate Certificate Programs should refer to the applicable program information for the latest information on enrolling for these courses.

High School Students Seeking Early Enrollment

High school students, under certain circumstances, may be eligible to enroll in Truman courses for college credit.  Interested students must meet the necessary prerequisites for enrollment in the desired courses and meet typical admissions expectations.  Students interested in early enrollment should contact the Institute for Academic Outreach’s Early College and apply as a Non-Degree Seeking Student.  Contact the Institute at (660) 785-5384.

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How to Apply to an Online Program

Graduate Online Programs

There is no fee to apply for online graduate programs at Truman State, or non-degree seeking coursework.

  • As part of the application process, you will need to submit your undergraduate transcript.
  • To start the application process, you will need to complete the appropriate application (if you do not already have a Truman account, you will need to create one to submit your application).
  • When prompted the form will enable you to specify which online program you wish to pursue.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us.

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Drop & Withdrawal

Drop Procedure

You may process course drops on TruView through the end of the designated drop period.  Be sure to make yourself familiar with the deadline dates for dropping courses, as these dates affect your fees and the grades that will appear on your transcript.

You can contact the Registrar’s Office for specific add/drop and withdrawal dates.

Changing All Courses

You will not be allowed to drop all courses via TruView. If you plan to drop all courses and replace them with other courses, drop all but one course, add the new courses, then drop the last course.

Withdrawing From All Courses

If you wish to completely withdraw from the semester, you can do so through TruView. Use the link on the Student Tab that says “withdraw from all courses for a selected semester.”

Note: please remember that your instructor cannot drop a course for you, nor can he/she change sections of a class for you. Only you can initiate an add or drop. The transaction becomes official when it is processed.

Regular and Substantive Interaction

In compliance with federal law, Truman requires students and faculty to demonstrate evidence of regular and substantive interaction in their courses.  Students are expected to engage in their online course within the first calendar week of class (defined as ending the Saturday of the first week of the academic term).  Students who fail to do so will be administratively dropped from their courses.  Faculty will describe their expectations for interaction in their syllabus.  Even when a course is being offered asynchronously, you are expected to regularly engage with the content throughout the term.

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Computer/Technical Requirements & Support

In order to participate fully and effectively in an online course, students should have a reliable broadband connection (Cable Model, DSL, Satellite).  Students should have a relatively new operating system (Windows 7 or newer; Mac OSX, etc.) and employ a compatible browser such as Chrome or Safari.  Courses use Blackboard Learn.  For a list of compatible systems and browser types, visit Blackboard.

For technical support, contact our ITS department.

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Online Learning Management System--Blackboard

The Learning Management System (LMS, called a Course Management System or CMS by some) is your “home base” for online courses. You have access to your schedule, assignments, course syllabus, discussion forums and grades through the LMS. You’ll first log into the LMS to see a listing of courses to which you have access. Clicking on a course title will bring you to that course’s space within the LMS. It is in that course space that you will find your course readings, other assignments, announcements from your instructor, etc. There you will also find links to any other technologies used by the course, such as wikis, blogs, and various other tools.

The Learning Management System used at Truman is called Blackboard.  To get the most out of your online course, you will need to be comfortable navigating and using the Blackboard Course Management System.

Blackboard can be accessed via

Need help?

To access tutorials to help you better use Blackboard, please click the here.

Students encountering difficulties with some of the basic functions of Blackboard can click the following links for tutorials and Flash videos on Blackboard procedures as well as a detailed Student Manual on the latest version of Blackboard.  This link provides detailed video tutorials on major functions.

Students encountering problems with Blackboard access should contact the IT Services Help Desk:

Hours of Operation: The IT Services Helpdesk hours are the same as the Library Hours.

Please Note: Hours vary between the regular semester and breaks.

Phone: 660-785-4544


Walk-in: Pickler Library room 203

Self-help documents for a number of common IT issues can be found here: Support Documents.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:    I’ve heard online courses are easier than traditional courses – or not as challenging.  Is that true?

A:    Absolutely not.  In fact, some students find them to be more challenging.  Because they are often “asynchronous” (meaning, you log on at your convenience), they require a good deal of discipline.

Q:    What equipment do I need in order to take a fully online course?

A:    In order to participate fully and effectively in an online course, students should have a reliable broadband connection (Cable Model, DSL, Satellite).  Students should have a relatively new operating system (Windows 7 or newer; Mac OSX, etc.) and employ a compatible browser such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Firefox.  Courses use Blackboard Learn.

Q:      What kind of technology do you have access to?

A:     You will need a reliable broadband internet connection (while theoretically feasible, a dialup connection will prove very frustrating and may make access to some tools – particularly video – nearly impossible). You will also need a computer with sufficient processing speed to handle streaming video clips. Blackboard, our Learning Management System, recommends that you have up-to-date browser software (such as the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari) and a recent computer operating system (Mac OSX, Windows 7 and up, etc.).

Q:      When do online classes meet?  

A:     Online classes don’t tend to meet at a specific time (although some will occasionally schedule live online chats), however, they do tend to have deadlines that must be met.  There is also an expectation that students will spend a significant amount of time reading, doing exercises, and engaging in discussions.  For most online classes, logging-in once right before a deadline will not be a good allocation of your time.  Instead, logging-in consistently over many days will be required.  Expect to spend as much time as you would preparing for a class in a traditional classroom, if not more.

Q:      Where can I study?  

A:     Studying at home works well for some, and not for others.  If your computer is near your TV, or if you will have lots of distractions in your learning environment, you might want to think about relocating your computer or scheduling some quiet time when you know these distractions won’t be present.  At the same time, while you might consider logging-on to your class in the library or a public computer lab, those locations may not always be available to you, and may offer a different set of distractions.  Even the WiFi hotspot at McDonalds or Starbucks might present their own unique distractions.  Think about your environment and what will work best for you.

Q:    Do I have access to the same student services as a regular Truman student on the Truman campus?

A:    The offices of Truman State University are available to help you with your questions.  The IT Services Help Desk stands ready to assist with technical issues associated with your online course.  The Institute for Academic Outreach can help you troubleshoot difficulties with applications and registration.  Student Accounts can assist students with problems related to bill payment or tuition reimbursement arrangements.  All students enrolled in Truman online courses have access to the Truman network, and with it, the same learning tools and library resources that regularly matriculated Truman students can access via the Internet.