The Art Institute of Seattle is offering selected online courses through a consortium agreement with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division (AiPOD). The online course program is referred to as the Plus Program. This is a great opportunity for students, but remember that online classes are not for everyone. The classes are approximately 5 1/2 weeks in duration and due to the intensive and interactive format of online courses, students are REQUIRED to participate online at least 4 out of 7 days in the week. Success will require a great deal of communication in writing. Online classes are not generally taught by AiS instructors. Interested students will need to complete a series of steps before being allowed to register for online courses the first time. Online classes should be registered for by all posted deadlines. Students are encouraged to register as early as possible, as online classes do not work well for last minute enrollment and space is not guaranteed.
Characteristics of a successful Plus student
- Comfortable communicating in writing
- Willingness to work 4 out of 7 days per week in a 5 1/2 week period
- Self-motivated and self-disciplined
- Possess good critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Has solid computer skills (email, web, word processing, etc.)
- Ability to work pro-actively and follow through for completion of task
- Comfortable working independently
- Good reading skills with attention to detail - VERY IMPORTANT
- For Spring Quarter 2014, students in any quarter of study at The Art Institute of Seattle are eligible to enroll in online classes. Students are required to take at least one campus class.
- All students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. No more than 40% of the program of study may be completed online.
- Portfolio preparation and portfolio courses as well as college preparatory courses (e.g. COM83 College Preparatory Writing) MUST be taken on-ground and cannot be taken online.
- Students must successfully complete previous online courses in order to continue taking online classes. Students with online grades lower than a "C" will be subject to review. Students that repeatedly withdraw or drop online classes will also be subject to review.
- In order to take an online course, students must complete registration by posted deadlines.
- Please note: online class tuition is not eligible for funding under the WA State Worker Retraining Program.
- A student must personally own a computer with hardware and software required by the course as outlined in the course description.
- A student must have a subscription for Internet connection.
- eBooks: If you are enrolled in a course that uses eBooks (digital texts), you do not need to purchase any additional texts. Instead, the textbook is built into the online classroom. The first week of class you access the text in the classroom; after the first week, you may then download the text.
- If you are enrolled in a class that uses one eBook there is a $50 Digital Resource Fee.
- If you are enrolled in a class that uses two or more eBooks there is a $75 Digital Resource Fee.
- Traditional: If you are enrolled in a course that uses a traditional text (hard-copy), you will need to purchase your books through AiPOD's bookstore or another bookstore of your choosing. (These books are not generally for sale at the AiS Supply Store.) The AiPOD Bookstore may be found @ http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/aio.htm
- Next to each class listed below there are two codes. The first code is AiPOD's course code; the second course code is the AiS course code. You can click the first course code to read a description of the class. Remember, the book information in the description may not be updated until closer to the session start. In the mean time, please reference the book type provided next to the class.
Session 1 (S1) Dates: April 7 - May 14
-Classes and book information are subject to change.
Note: Some classes may be listed under common courses as they are used in multiple programs; as always, you should reference your degree audit in selecting classes.
Have you taken online classes before?
|Complete the Online Registration Form and submit it to the Registrar either in person in SC 778 or by email.||
1. Complete the Plus Online Readiness Survey.
Click Here for detailed Instructions.
Note: we receive this electronically; there is no need to submit it to us via email.
|Remember, all continuing students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5. No more than 40% of the program of study may be completed online.||
Read the Online PLUS Program - Getting Started material.
This information covers how the online program is structured and the basic instructions on how to access and participate in your online class.
|If you do not meet the cumulative grade point average, are on academic warning, or wish to appeal to be online only for the quarter please contact us directly.||
Complete the Online Registration Form and s submit it to the Registrar either in person in or by email.
After registration, you must complete the AiPOD Plus Classroom Orientation Video prior to the class start. Log into the MyAiCampus Portal, look for the link that says "Access Class Resources." Click on it and there you will find a video designed to help you prepare for your online class by covering areas of the online classroom in-depth.
|On the first day of your class, log into your online class and post! Click on the Academic Expectations tab and complete the "Please Read & Respond" section. Good luck.|
- MyAiCampus Portal/Login for online classes: http://myaicampus.com
- For assistance with your username and password for the above web site, please call 1-866-642-2711.
- AiPOD Plus Bookstore: http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/aio.htm
- eBooks: View demo at http://downloads.vitalbook.com/images/flash_demo/?FVCUSNO=34974
- Help Desk: For help with technical problems, such as not being able to access your class, call 1-866-642-2711.
- AiPOD Plus Knowledge Base Tutorials are found in your student account by logging into the MyAiCampus Portal. Once logged in, look for the link that says "Classroom Orientation Video." Click on it and there you will find a video designed to help you prepare for your online class by covering areas of the online classroom in-depth. You will also find more information about eBooks/Digital Bookshelf, and even online class tutoring. It is recommended that you review this section.
- Individual Course Policies can be found in your online classroom at all times.
- Academic Policies, including schedule adjustment and course withdrawal info, found in AiS School Catalog.
HELPFUL DATES FOR PLUS STUDENTS
Winter 2014 Session 2 (S2) Dates: February 20 - March 29
First day to participate/post - February 20
Last day to drop without charge - February 24, 5:00 p.m.
Last day to withdraw (no refunded tuition, will receive "W" on transcript) - March 21, 5:00 p.m.
Spring 2014 Session 1 (S1) Dates: April 7 - May 14
LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR ONLINE CLASSES: APRIL 3RD
First day to participate/post - April 7
Last day to drop without charge - April 14, 6:00 p.m.
Last day to withdraw (no refunded tuition, will receive "W" on transcript) - May 9, 5:00 p.m.
Spring 2014 Session 2 (S2) Dates: May 15 - June 21
First day to participate/post - May 15
Last day to drop without charge - May 19, 6:00 p.m.
Last day to withdraw (no refunded tuition, will receive "W" on transcript) - June 13, 5:00 p.m.
Please note the above dates are specific to online classes.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is AiPOD? AiPOD = Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division, where online courses are hosted through a consortium agreement.
I'm not registered for the right class - what gives? Keep in mind that AiPOD uses a different system of course numbers and titles
What is the "Plus Program?" The Plus Program refers to campus based students, such as yourself, who are also taking online classes. In other words, you are an AiS student plus taking online classes!
How do I find what books I need? If you look above in the course listing you will see there are two course codes. The first code corresponds to AiPOD and the second corresponds to our school, AiS. Please note, most online classes utilize eBooks instead of traditional textbooks. If your class uses an eBook, you do not need to purchase any additional textbooks. Instead, the eBook is part of your online class. You are charged a $50 Digital Resource Fee for online classes that use one eBook or a $75 Digital Resource Fee for online classes using two or more eBooks. If your course uses a traditional textbook, you will need to order your book. The AiPOD bookstore is located at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/aio.htm
I want to see what the classroom looks like before signing up. Is that possible? Check out tutorials/demos online at http://www.thecampuscommon.com/tutorials/aio/
What do eBooks look like? You can view a demo online at http://downloads.vitalbook.com/images/flash_demo/?FVCUSNO=34974
How/Where do I log into my online class? Log into www.myaicampus.com using the username and password that you created. When you reach the home page, locate your schedule on the right hand side. Your class should have a "Launch Class" button underneath the title. Click the link and it should take you right into your online class. Please note: you will not gain access to your online class until the day it starts - second session classes will appear under the "Upcoming" tab, NOT "Current." See sample schedule below. In this example the online class is Marketing:
When does Plus registration start? End? See this web site for detailed deadlines each quarter.
May I register late? No, students are required to meet posted deadlines.
May I add a second session class once the quarter has started? No, registration for BOTH sessions is required by the end of the Plus registration deadline. You cannot add classes during the Schedule Adjustment Period- you can only drop them.
When does my class start? See dates above. Again, this web site is updated every quarter. Please bookmark it!
What classes are available online? Updated each quarter on this web site- see course offerings above.
Information Subject to Change- info above is specific to SPRING 2014. Last Updated: 2/6/2014.