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Online Learning and Support

We know you may have questions about online learning, and we're here to answer your questions.

Are all of the classes live?
There is no required time to be logged online. However, classes will have at least a few synchronous sessions. The instructor will host sessions at planned times where everyone will be together through video chat software.

How do group projects work?
Students use video a variety of video conferencing software tools, such as Skype, Google Hangout and BlueJeans, when working on group projects. BlueJeans is free to all students in the IMC Online program and is the software most instructors use for their synchronous sessions.

How will I know which technology to use for my courses?
We’ve created a robust online orientation program for new students that breaks down everything you need to know when beginning the program, including the technology we use and how to get started. In addition, instructors will provide guidelines about technology they will use in their courses.

What if something isn’t working while I’m trying to work on my coursework?
We have a tech help page that outlines the most frequent questions and issues that students have experienced. We provide contact information for getting additional support for the technology we use in the program.

Are there on-campus opportunities for networking or events if I happen to be in Chicago?
Yes! If you are in the Chicago area, you may participate in any on-campus events and opportunities that are offered for the IMC program.

What other resources are offered to me as an IMC Online student?
As an online student, you have access to the same resources as an on-campus student, such as Career Services, Student Life and the Northwestern Library.

Where can I learn more about the IMC online program experience?
Watch the IMC Online program video to hear from students in the program and view some of the technologies used in our courses