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Distance Learning Tips
Online seminary courses provide a convenient and accessible form of seminary education at a distance. Benefits include the ability to work at your own pace, learn in your most suitable environment, and maintain your current relationships and current lifestyle without having to relocate. Christian distance education online also requires the same commitment and work ethic that is expected in any classroom. Theological education as an online student is a manageable and profitable undertaking if you follow some simple advice.
Preparing to Graduate
As you approach your graduation, please complete the RTS Global Intent to Graduate Form, found at the link below, to provide the necessary information pertaining to your diploma and whether you would like to participate in a ceremony.
Student Services FAQs
All online exams require a proctor during the time of the exam. The exam is built into Canvas and thus you do not need to request an exam. However, do make sure your proctor is present during the time of the exam. All exams require a proctor and require the online proctor form to be completed at the conclusion of the exam.
Family and current RTS students are NOT permitted to proctor exams. We recommend asking church staff members or RTS graduates.
For all courses, the student has 3 months to complete their course from their start date.
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All course work must be turned in by the student’s official end date as listed in their start letter. If more time is needed to complete course work, an extension must be purchased from their campus registrar. Any work turned in after the course end date will receive a zero.
A one-month course extension may be purchased for $100 prior to the student’s end date for that particular course.
A student is allowed to purchase only one extension per course.
An online course is the same tuition rate as current RTS residential courses. Along with the tuition rate, there is also a technology fee (not course delivery fee) of $60 per credit hour.
The technology fee of $60 per credit hour is used in support of the Global Librarian who provides research assistance and support for students; it covers an ongoing subscription to the ATLA database for student research; it helps maintain quality course development; and supports the services offered by the Online Professor and Teaching Assistant in each class.
All course lectures are available, free of charge, via the RTS Mobile App. The remaining course materials (syllabi, course notebook, exams, schedule, etc.) can be found on the LMS (Learning Management System/Canvas) classroom.
Online courses are available year-round and start every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Sections are opened for registration about 3 weeks ahead of the course start and closed the Friday prior.
All course registrations for online education are done via Self-Service.
To reset your password in Canvas follow these directions:
- Click on “Forgot your password” on the Canvas login page.
- This will direct to a new window where you will be asked to supply your email address, then click “Request Password.”
- An email will be sent with a link to reset your password — click this link.
- Input your new password and select “Update Password.”
- You should now be able to login with your new password.
The weekly schedule in our online classroom is a suggested breakdown of how to progress through the course at a consistent pace that will allow the student to glean the most from the course and be prepared for all assignments.
To check your number of posts in Canvas please follow these directions:
- Log into Canvas as you normally would
- Go to your course home page
- Click on Discussions on the navigation menu on the left.
- Click on the particular forum you want to check. In the search box in the upper left, type in your name to filter only your posts.
- You will see a list of forum posts you have made in that particular forum. Review these to make sure you have fulfilled the course requirement.
- Refer to your syllabus for the required amount of forum postings.
To check if your assignments have been properly uploaded in Canvas please follow these directions:
- Log into Canvas as you normally would.
- Go to your course home page.
- Click on Assignments on the navigation menu on the left.
- You will see a page with a list of assignments for the course.
- Click on the assignment you want to check.
- On the right-hand side of the assignment page, you will see a “Submission” notification detailing when you submitted your assignment.
Upon submission of any assignment, please allow two weeks for the assignment to be graded by the professor or TA before contacting Student Services.
The grading scale for online courses is the same that is present at all RTS Residential Campuses.
F Below 70