Taking an online degree program is a very different experience than being on campus. Students in the online global food law programs are encouraged to join the group Facebook page and to otherwise get to know other students, as well as the faculty and staff of the program. No matter where you are in the world, you're a Spartan, and we're proud to have you as a member of our Law College community! Always feel welcome to join us here on campus for events, such as our LL.M. Thanksgiving or speakers series. Or, just come for a visit to get a feel for the campus!
Students will work with an advisor to enroll in the courses of their choice in any given semester, choosing from the menu of courses provided by the Law College and the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations at Michigan State University. If a student wishes to take a course through the Institute, they will enroll in that course through the College of Law, rather than through the Institute. All billing will also be done through the College of Law.
As with law classes on campus, you should plan for 3-4 hours of home work for each credit you take. Courses are taught in a series of sections or "modules". Each module will cover a specific topic or issue. New materials will generally be uploaded on Friday nights, though this can vary by professor. You will usually have a week to read new materials and complete new assignments. Once a module is posted, it will remain online for the entire semester. Instructors may not, however, continually and actively check these past modules for discussion items and questions. Most professors will also not expect you to keep up with discussions in past modules, though you should always check with each of your professors for their individual policies.
To access your courses, you will log in at https://angel.msu.edu/default.asp. This is the main page for MSU's ANGEL online course delivery system. You will need to log in using your MSU netID and password. Once in the portal, you will search for your courses by number or name. Until you've been registered for a course, it will not be available to you. ANGEL also has its own help line. If you encounter a problem while using the online course system, ANGEL, please call this helpline at 1-800-500-1554 or 517/355-2345. This helpline is available 24/7, and will also report problems to your instructors if you have them and cannot do work as assigned. If there is a system problem, hearing from more than one student does assist the helpline staff in resolving the issue, so call if you have trouble. They can also help with problems that are unique to your computer. On the ANGEL login page, there also is a student guide detailing how to use ANGEL.
The MSU Virtual University allows us to used automated scoring for your online tests and even your course evalutions. There are many additional online resources, like links to web sites and journals, that will be available through your online courses.