George S. Osborne College of Audiology

Distance Education

Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants Certificate Program

Program Course Delivery

Courses are taught entirely via online education. Technology requirements (see details below) must be met to ensure that each student has equal access and receives materials in the same way.

Students will asynchronously connect and interact with the course instructor and other students online. In asynchronous online instruction, students have the flexibility to access the course within a period of time set by the instructor.  The instructor will post PowerPoint presentations and may post links to videos and interactive activities.  Each course is six weeks in duration, comprised of six weekly assignments. 

Asynchronously instruction will involve student postings, participation in threaded discussions, and writing assignments.  A monitored discussion board will be used by the instructor to assess the student’s activity and quality of postings.  Students will be responsible for allocating adequate time in their schedule to access the course materials, study the material and complete the assignments. Each course will require the student to allocate 4 to 5 hours per week for study and assignments.

Technical Requirements

Students access their classes at www.audonline.org, a password protected site developed and created by Salus University Osborne College of Audiology and administered by Pearson eCollege Learning Studio.

Students also will be expected to access their Salus University email accounts via the University’s website at www.salus.edu.

System requirements for Windows users:
Windows XP, Vista, or 7
28.8 kbps modem (56K recommended)
Soundcard & Speakers
Internet Explorer 8.0

System requirements for Mac OS users:
Mac OS X or higher (in classic mode)
28.8 kbps modem (56K recommended)
Soundcard & Speakers
Safari 4.0

We recommend setting your screen resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels. If you currently see a horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of your screen and would like to eliminate this, you can do so by resizing your screen. If you need help with your screen settings, AuDonline instructions for resizing your screen can be found at http://audonline.org/index.real?action=Technical.

Browsers

If a browser is not listed below it has not been tested on the online platform. A user risks running into problems with the course software if they choose to use a non supported browser. Browsers listed below have been validated with the AuDonline course platform.

Browser Requirements:

  • Windows Users
    • Recommended Version:(Windows Internet Explorer)
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0
    • Recommended Version:(Mozilla Firefox)
      • Mozilla Firefox 3.5
    • Supported versions:(Windows Internet Explorer)
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
    • Supported versions:(Mozilla Firefox)
      • Mozilla Firefox 3.0
    • Supported versions:(Google Chrome)
      • Google Chrome 5.0
  • Mac OS users:
    • Recommended Version:(Safari)
      • Safari 4.0
    • Recommended Version:(Mozilla Firefox)
      • Mozilla Firefox 3.5
    • Supported versions:(Safari)
      • Safari 3.0
      • Safari 5.0
    • Supported versions:(Mozilla Firefox)
      • Mozilla Firefox 3.0
    • Supported versions:(Google Chrome)
      • Google Chrome 5.0

Feature Requirements

The components listed below are needed to access certain features of the system. You will be able to access your course without them; however, you may not be able to access the specific feature.

  • Windows Users
    • Class Live
      • 256 MB RAM
      • 20 MB free disk space
      • Sun's Java 2 SDK (Java 1.5 or Java 1.6)
      • Microsoft JVM (Windows XP SP1 only)
    • Class Live Audio
      • 56K kbps or higher modem*
      • Windows Media Encoder 7.1*
      • Soundcard with speakers and microphone or headset*
      • Windows Media Player 9**

(*Instructor- only requirements for Audio Encoding). (**Required for students only if instructor is using Live Audio).

  • Supported Browser Plug-ins
    • RealPlayer 8 Basic Player
    • Macromedia Flash Player
    • Macromedia Shockwave Player
    • Windows Media Player
    • QuickTime Player
  • Assistive Technology
    • JAWS 10.0
  • Third-party CoursePacks
    Your instructor may choose to include a CoursePack (for example, a collection of readings, articles, video clips). Because actual CoursePack content varies, you may or may not have additional system requirements. Check with your instructor or with the third-party CoursePack provider for specific requirements.
  • Mac OS Users
    • ClassLive
      • 256 MB RAM
      • Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5
      • G4, G5 or Intel Processor
      • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.5
      • MacOS Classic Java (MRJ 2.2.5)
    • Mac Classlive Audio
      • Soundcard with speakers and microphone or headset
      • Windows Media Player 9*

(*Required for students only if instructor is using Live Audio).

  • Supported Browser Plug-ins
    • RealPlayer 8 Basic Player
    • Macromedia Flash Player
    • Macromedia Shockwave Player
    • Windows Media Player
    • QuickTime Player
  • Third-party CoursePacks
  • "Email Account
    You will receive communications from within your course at your Salus University email address. Once your Salus email account is established, all communication for this program  will be through your Salus email address only,  and not through a personal email address.
  • Avoiding Inactivity Timeout
    When an ISP’s internal browser is not in use, the ISP will consider the user inactive and will disconnect the user after a period of time. To remain active and avoid being disconnected, return to the main page of the ISP (every half hour or so) and click on a link or check email. This will reset the ISP’s "inactivity timer" and allow you to continue working in your online course.
    Note: Courseware cannot be accessed using MSN TV (formerly Web TV)
  • Satellite & Cellular internet connections
    If this is the only connection to which you have access, please note that you may experience sporadic issues while working in your online courses. If you report these problems to the eCollege Help Desk we will attempt to address them with your Satellite or Cellular connection provider.
  • Wireless Routers/Connections:
    While working in your online courses via a wireless router or wireless connection you may experience problems such as various error messages. If you contact the online Help Desk please be aware that part of the troubleshooting process may be to have you bypass your wireless router or connection. If bypassing the wireless router resolves the problems you are experiencing you will either need to continue to bypass the router or contact the router's manufacturer's support to further diagnose the source of this problem.

AuDonline technical requirements can be found at https://secure.ecollege.com/pco/index.learn?action=technical

Technology support for the course is provided by Pearson eCollege.  The Salus University IT department will not be able to answer technical questions about this online learning platform.

For questions or concerns, 24 hours/day, seven days/week, eCollege technical support is available in one of three ways:

04.19.2013