Online Independent Study
You have reached the web site and online 2015-2016 catalog of Online Independent Study (OLIS) at SBU. SBU is a Christ-centered, caring academic community, preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.
OLIS courses are designed for you - the individual who wants to study out-of-class, at your own pace. There are a variety of web-based (Blackboard Learn LMS) self-paced courses. You may be required to use a library or to conduct other kinds of research.
Although self-motivation and individual responsibility are key aspects of online independent study, you will receive guidance and instruction from an instructor. In most cases you will be asked to complete and submit your assignments directly to your instructor. You should submit comments and specific questions with each assignment, as this is the best way to create a dialogue that parallels classroom interaction. Thus, the medium is different, but the results are the same: mastery of the course content. In addition, an online independent study course should help you become better organized and more self-reliant.
SBU is a member of ACCESS, the leading network for Christian distance educators. The mission of ACCESS is to provide leadership in the field of Christian distance education by promoting current research and scholarship, facilitating collaboration among members, and promoting uniquely Christian forms of distance education.