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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Common Questions

Listed below are frequently asked questions. Scroll down to find your question and click it to see the answer. If you still have unanswered questions, please call the Oregon Tech Online toll free number at 1.866.497.0008.

What programs does Oregon Tech offer online?

Oregon Tech offers associate, bachelor, and master degrees along with certificate and specialization programs. Click here for a complete list of our online degrees and programs.

How will my credits transfer in?

An official transfer evaluation will be completed as part of the application process. Once you are admitted, an advising session will be set up with you to go through the evaluation and answer any questions you might have.

For more information, view Advising and Registration.

What academic calendar is Oregon Tech on?

Oregon Tech is on the quarter system with four terms each year. Fall, winter, and spring are 11 weeks long plus a finals week and the summer session is 8 weeks long. Click here for the Academic Calendar.

How do I apply for admission into an online program or class?

To apply for admission to an online program, please go to Online Admission page.

Which calendar should I follow?

All Oregon Tech programs follow the same Academic Calendar.

Is Oregon Tech an accredited university?

Yes, Oregon Institute of Technology holds regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Some programs may hold additional, specialized, accreditation.

What are the admission requirements?

For students who have a bachelor’s degree already and are seeking entry to one of Oregon Tech’s master’s degree programs: Graduate Admission

For students who are seeking entry to one of Oregon Tech’s bachelor, associate, or certificate programs: Undergraduate Admission

For students who are seeking a certificate or specialization from Oregon Tech, or those who need a few classes to meet requirements for an Oregon Tech program, or at another university: Admission as a Casual Learner

How do I register for classes?

You register for classes by logging into your Web for Student account located in TECHweb.

Students wanting to enroll in DHE 100, MIT 103, or REE 201 can find registration information here (look in the area on the side of the webpage under the Inside heading. There is a separate link for each class).

How much is tuition?

Click here for tuition information. Online tuition is at the same rate regardless of the state or country you live in.

Can I get financial aid for an online class?

Admitted, degree seeking, students may qualify for financial aid. Determine your eligibility by filling a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information on financial aid and filling a FAFSA is on the Financial Aid page.

Oregon Tech also offers a payment plan.

How do I know what classes I should take?

Once you are admitted, a transfer evaluation will be prepared and the sequence of classes will be discussed during your advising session with an Online advisor. You will be contacted by the advisor to arrange this session.

For non-admitted students, please contact the Online Office toll free at 866.497.0008, 541.885.1676, or by email at online@oit.edu

I'm a veteran. What support is available for me?

Thank you for your service! Oregon Tech has two VA Certifying Officials to assist you with your benefits. A Student Veterans Program is located on our Klamath Falls campus, you are welcome to reach out there for support from fellow veterans.

In some cases the application fee can be waived for veterans. Click here for more information.

How many classes should I take each term?

Most students begin by taking one class. This allows students to determine how much time is required to complete a course. Since our degree completion programs are designed for working professionals, career and personal commitments will determine the load a student can handle successfully. 

However, if you are applying for financial aid, you need to be enrolled in at least six credit hours per term. You would need to take two or more classes per term to meet that requirement.

I work 40 hours per week. Can I really do online classes?

Yes, you can! Most students who work full time attend Oregon Tech part time. Our online programs are designed to accommodate your busy life!

How much time will I spend in my online classes?

Online classes follow the same course outcomes and standards as their campus-based counterparts. The table below is an estimate of how much time you need to devote to your studies per week in order to be successful.

 

Course Material

Homework

Total Hours Per Week

1 credit class

1 hour

2 hours

3 hours

2 credit class

2 hours

4 hours

6 hours

3 credit class

3 hours

6 hours

9 hours

4 credit class

4 hours

8 hours

12 hours

 

Do the online classes meet at a specific time?

Online classes are generally taught so you don't have to be at your computer at a given time. Your instructors will provide a structured learning experience with deadlines to help you keep on track, but will offer you a range of times in which to complete your assignments.

Online classes may take advantage of our web conferencing program called Zoom to schedule live help or office hours. Your instructor will attempt to choose times that will allow everyone who wishes to attend these optional sessions to participate. Your instructor may record the web conference sessions for those who cannot attend at the assigned time.

Is there tutoring available to help me?

Oregon Tech’s Student Success Center includes Career Services, Disability Services, Peer Consulting (tutoring), and Testing Services. We encourage you to utilize all the services available.

Once registered, when can I access my class(es)?

Online classes are available on the first day of the term, and students are expected to access any online class they are registered in on that day.

Where to I access my online classes?

Your classes will be offered through a program called Canvas. You will log into the TECHweb portal to access it. 

When you log into your class, you will find instructions, syllabus, course content, email and discussion tools, and any exams, activities, or assignments your instructor has set up for the course. Our online courses are not self-paced; they include structure and deadlines to keep you on track. Some courses require a proctor for test taking. Each course usually includes a separate textbook, which you can purchase online at the The Tech Nest.

To see how an Oregon Tech online class looks, click the attachment labeled "Example of online class" on this page.

What program does Oregon Tech use to deliver online classes?

Oregon Tech uses Canvas to deliver our online courses.

How do I pay my bill?

You can pay your bill online or by mail. To view information about paying your bill, click here. Note the payment and refund deadlines. Note that Oregon Tech will NOT send you a hard copy bill in the mail. The bill will be sent to your Oregon Tech email account only. Please check your Oregon Tech email account regularly.

How do I buy books?

Most online courses require books and/or additional materials. These may be ordered online from Oregon Tech's bookstore.

Book listings for the next term are usually available three weeks before the term starts. Be sure you order your books as soon as possible in order to have your books arrive by the first day of the term.

Who do I talk to about my advising questions?

Students should contact the Oregon Tech Online office to be transferred to the correct person to ask initial advising questions. Referrals to program directors will be made as needed.

What if I need to drop a class?

You may drop your courses by using Web for Student through the fifth day of the term. After the fifth day of the term, you may fax a signed request to Oregon Tech Online at 541.885.1139, or send an email to online@oit.edu from your Oregon Tech email account requesting to drop a class.

Check Web for Student to find the last day to drop. The date is listed in the Check Your Registration menu under the Student Registration link.

NOTE: Never assume you will be automatically dropped from a course for any reason. It is your responsibility to drop a course.

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Refund Policies
Once you are registered in courses, you are fully responsible for the tuition and fees. For more information, see Payment Information.

How do I register for DHE 100 Intro to Dental Hygiene or MIT 103 Intro to Medical Imaging?

Students enrolling in DHE 100 or MIT 103 are referred to as being Pre-Dental or Pre-MIT students. Staff in the Online Office will register students in the appropriate class. Students wishing to take these classes must complete the Online Non-Degree application.

Students who are receiving financial aid will need to be sure to coordinate financial aid with any other schools they may be attending concurrently by filling out a consortium agreement. Visit the Cashier's Office page for online payment information, or you may also view refund information here.

More details on DHE 100

More details on MIT 103

Where do I log into my Oregon Tech accounts?

All students will have the following accounts:

  • Oregon Tech email
  • Blackboard 
  • Web for Student
  • CASHNet 

Links to all of these accounts are listed in TECHweb. Open the Oregon Tech main page (http://www.oit.edu) and click "Login" in the top right corner of the page to log into TECHweb. 

For information on what name and password to use, see "What is my login name and password" link on this FAQ list (the page you're viewing now).

What is TECHweb used for?

TECHweb allows you to log into all of your Oregon Tech accounts in one location including Oregon Tech Email, Canvas, Web for Student and CASHNet.

You can get to your TECHweb account either by going to the Oregon Tech website and clicking the Login link in the top right corner; or you can go directly to TECHweb by typing techweb.oit.edu in a browser window.

For your username and password, see the "What is my login name and password?" item in this list of FAQs.

What is my student ID number?

Your student ID number, which starts with 918, is listed on your admissions letter or in an email from Oregon Tech Online.

Your student ID number is used to identify you. Keep this number handy or memorize it as you will use it frequently.

If you have questions regarding your ID and PIN, please contact the Online department.

What is my login name and password?

TECHweb is where you access all of your programs such as email, Canvas, class schedule, etc.

  • You will typically use the format of your firstname.lastname for your username. Your default password for this program will be Hootie and the last four digits of your Oregon Tech Student Identification Number. So if Jane Smith's student number is 918-55-1234, she would use: jane.smith for her username and Hootie1234 for her password.

What is Web for Student?

Web for Student is a program you use to register for classes, check your final grades, and view your student records. You access this program through TECHweb.

How do I get help with computer issues?

For general computer issues, contact Oregon Tech’s ITS Service Desk at servicedesk@oit.edu or 541.885.1470.

The ITS Service Desk staff can help you with logging into Canvas or logging into your email account and can reset your password if you have forgotten it. They can provide some basic troubleshooting for you.

If you need help with using the tools in Canvas though, please click the Help link in the bottom left corner of Canvas.  In that area, you will find a phone number, chat link and email link to contact the Canvas support team.  (They are available 24/7/365.)  There is also a link to the Canvas guides for you to look up answers.

Will a Mac computer work with Canvas?

Yes.  A Mac computer will work with Canvas. You might want to install the Mozilla Firefox browser to use in case Safari doesn't work well with something. Firefox can be downloaded for free from www.mozilla.org.

What should I do if Oregon Tech doesn't offer a certain class online?

Please contact the Online department. We can offer suggestions on where you can take classes online, which are not available through Oregon Tech. It is a good idea to get pre-approval from Oregon Tech Online before signing up for any non-Oregon Tech classes to be sure the class that you're taking will be accepted for credit at Oregon Tech. Some classes may have the same number such as SPE 111 but not actually be the same class you need to take to complete your Oregon Tech degree. 

If you do not see the degree you are interested in, check out Online Degree Programs: Online degrees from WorldWideLearn.com. Note that clicking on this link will close the Oregon Tech website and open a new website.

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