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Local students can technically still apply to the online program. However, accepted applicants living 50 or more miles from the Buffalo, NY campus will be given priority for seats in the program. Due to the limited number of seats available, we encourage all students who are a commutable distance from campus to apply to the seated program options instead.
The MSW Online program is part of Open SUNY, and as such, we have certain resources available to our online students. To help you determine if online learning is a good fit for your learning style and current lifestyle, please complete this 15-minute assessment. Another section of the Open SUNY Readiness Guide you should review is checking your computer skills. Finally, you should review this YouTube video presentation on what it takes to be a successful online learner.
This computing orientation will familiarize students with the UBlearns LMS and the library reserves. This orientation will also provide students with a basic overview of how these systems work and where they can go to get more help with them.
All course syllabi will indicate any required textbooks. Students can opt to purchase their textbook(s) at our University Bookstore (operated by eFollett) or through any online textbook retailer.
Our University's Visiting UB Web page will assist students in locating accommodations, finding places to eat, getting directions, etc.
You are required to have routine access to a computer running Windows 8 or later. This computer needs to have audio/visual capabilities. Some of the course and video content within the program will require you to have the latest versions of Windows Media Player, Flash and Acrobat Reader (all free programs).
Many courses will conduct synchronous class sessions via different webinar tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom, Skype for Business or Google+ Hangouts. We recommend that you have a headset with a boom microphone for audio participation and a webcam for video participation in these sessions. Make sure to test your computer with the webinar tool before the scheduled synchronous session.
We cannot ensure the availability of our online courses on Apple computers. If you use an Apple computer, you will be responsible for all technical issues.
Many of our courses use video and applications that are not currently supported on tablets, Android or iOS devices, so students may not be able to successfully complete courses using only a mobile device. You may be able to access course websites and some of the documents for the class on these devices, but you will need routine access to a computer to make sure that you can access all of the required course content.
Online courses require that students have routine access to a computer with high-speed Internet access. This is needed to efficiently stream video content and conduct research for your courses. Dial-up Internet access will not support the coursework.
Ideally, you should have operate that computer on a wired connection to the Internet. While wireless connections are allowed, wireless can at times produce a lag in the quality of the connection, which may lead to disconnections and other inefficiencies of time.
Our university uses UBlearns as an LMS. This system is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
After having registered as a UB student and successfully received and activated an UBIT username (the main UB network account), students will have access to the latest academic and productivity software, including Microsoft Office and anti-virus programs. Please review these software offerings before considering any software purchases for coursework.
Students can use multiple web browsers when completing coursework within UBlearns: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Google Chrome. Internet Explorer and Apple Safari tend to provide the best user experience. No matter which browser students decide to use, we suggest installing the most current version.