Before you enroll, take our online learning readiness quiz to find out if online learning is right for you, or if you may need a little more time to prepare.
You can also visit the Great Plains IDEA Student Success Center for advice about time management, online discussion board postings, writing an academic paper, searching for a job and much more.
Hear from Katie Mott, campus coordinator for Iowa State University, on what makes Great Plains IDEA unique for students and how our online programs affords students the flexibility to learn at their own pace.
Students access Great Plains IDEA courses through the Learning Management System (LMS) used by the teaching university. The LMS is your virtual classroom for the semester. Once you enroll, the teaching university campus coordinator provides instructions for accessing their LMS and your course.
If your courses require textbooks, you may purchase them through your home university bookstore, from an online vendor or at a bookstore near you. Find the title, author and international standard book number (ISBN) on our website on the course description page.
While your instructor is in charge of giving you materials to help you learn, you are responsible for your learning whether online or face-to-face. In online courses, you communicate your ideas to instructors and fellow students generally through email or discussion board posts. Expect to keep up with readings so that you can contribute to online discussions. Faculty still expect online students to think critically and creatively in class activities, to do honest work, to meet deadlines and to respect others in the class the same as they would in on-campus classes.
In this video, instructor Fransisco Villaruel shares how faculty are committed and passionate about Great Plains IDEA.
Some students have as few as two or three usernames, while others have as many as five or six. The number is based on the number of teaching universities you access in your program. To help you remember usernames, we offer this fillable Course Login Tracking Sheet (PDF). When in doubt about a Learning Management System username, contact the teaching university campus coordinator for assistance.
All courses are taught online. You may choose to travel to campus for the optional graduation ceremony.
You may travel to your home university to participate in the on-campus commencement ceremonies. If travel is not an option for you, many universities live stream graduation ceremonies. Some institutions provide a virtual commencement for distance students. Ask your campus coordinator about graduation options for distance students at your home university.