By means of online distance learning, the University provides courses, degrees, diplomas and certificates to a diverse student body according to their motivation and educational goals. Our online programs enable us to serve students on a global scale. While the University has an on-campus undergraduate program in Charlotte, its primary focus is providing educational services to its rapidly growing online global student body.
Online course delivery provides an accessible alternative for students needing to complete courses and programs of study not conforming to traditional fixed academic schedules. The design of LU academic programs provides traditional and working adult students with the flexibility they need in balancing family, job, and study. Our students can plan and pursue their studies according to their individual needs and circumstances.
The University utilizes the Internet as the primary means of instructional delivery. While a limited number of blended courses are available to on-campus students, our focus is upon the delivery of online courses. The University operates on the semester system and services students in many time zones necessitating that its online courses are accessible at all times (24/7) during a semester including legal and all campus holidays.
At Living University, “all the world is our campus” for distance learning as our course delivery system permits students residing all over the world to participate in classes and be part of a global Christian community. Distance education was at one time synonymous with the print-only correspondence courses. Today distance education involves a variety of media based upon videography and the personal computer.
The video camera is commonplace in interactive classrooms and essential in online courses. Shooting on location provides a means of illustrating teaching with a wealth of stimulus materials. Moreover, distance education aided by the new technologies facilitates life-long learning. Due to rapid advances in technology, the knowledge explosion, the necessity of retraining due to career changes in adult life and the heightened complexity of everyday life, adult life-long learning is important now and will continue to be so in the future.
Distance education provides the means by which the University extends itself well beyond the geographical boundaries of greater Charlotte. It promises to have a dramatic impact in the higher education of the people of God worldwide. By means of online e-learning courses using Populi web-based college management software, the University offers its undergraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates to a variety of individuals according to their motivation and educational goals.
Our online program, particularly the Open Learning Program, offers an effective means for the University to serve students at a distance on a global basis, recognizing that working students prefer:
- To have quality instruction by educators with an infectious enthusiasm for their field;
- To complete their courses quickly;
- To acquire the content of their courses;
- To have access to their instructors in a timely fashion;
- To be treated as adult peers rather than as adolescents;
- To have their courses offered at the places and times most convenient to them;
- To participate in interactive teaching;
- To have faculty sensitive to the needs of adult learners; and
- To have educational objectives that are primarily job-related.
Students acquire information through viewing, listening, reading, thinking and writing. They demonstrate synthesis and application by completing a variety of assignments and projects. Response is by means of computer conferencing, discussion forums, e-mail, fax and telephone. The University provides interaction with, and structured access to, faculty members; however, students must be comfortable working independently to complete their distance learning courses. Every course in our online programs of study is defined by a formal syllabus which outlines the objectives for that course, the methodology for attaining those objectives, the outline for the course, the books, materials, videos and references which are required to achieve the objectives, the requirements for student involvement in the course and the examination, evaluation and grading process which will be employed in that course. In addition, each syllabus establishes the basis for interaction between the instructor of the course and the students enrolled in that course, as well as interaction among students.
Because of limited classroom space, individuals admitted to the University for online study as regular students (that is they are officially enrolled in a certificate, diploma or degree program) may enroll in on-campus courses on a space available basis after on-campus students have registered.
Online students should register for classes as follows:
- Go to the University website at http://www.livinguniv.com.
- Select the E-learning Login from the menu bar above the title Living University.
- Type in Username and Password to login.
- Click on My Profile tab.
- Click on the Registration tab.
- Find the course of your interest among the list of Available Courses.
- Click on the green plus symbol (+) under the Enroll column to register for credit, or under the Audit column to register for audit.
- The selected course will appear under the My Courses bar above the Available Courses.
- Click on SAVE to lock in your selection.
- You should receive an email within 24 hours of registration requesting that you accept the electronic Enrollment Agreement for the upcoming semester. Please act promptly to use the email link provided to execute the agreement. The subject line of the email will say: IMMEDIATE Actions Should be taken for Living University. If 24 hours after registration you do not see this email in your Inbox, please check for it in your email spam/junk box.
- Once registered, be sure to buy your textbooks. You will find the semester textbook list at the University Bookstore. We advise international students to order their books early due to shipping delays.
- Tuition and fees are payable in full on or before classes begin. We prefer you pay online by credit card to facilitate processing. All unpaid registrations may be canceled at 12:00 a.m. (midnight, Eastern Standard Time) at the end of the first day of classes. Re-registration will then be on a “space available” basis only.
- To begin your studies, simply login with the Username and the Password you selected and click on your course title.
- To maintain your registration in a course, you must complete an assignment before the close of the Census Date. Most instructors will have you meet this requirement by asking you to complete an Icebreaker Assignment by posting a short autobiography and comments on other students’ posts on the course Discussion Forum open to all registered in the course. Students not completing the Icebreaker Assignment forfeit their registration as no-shows.
- If you decide to withdraw from a course(s), tuition refunds are made according to the published university refund policy.