We offer an array of distance learning options for students who need flexible course schedules and formats. You can integrate online and distance learning courses into many of our plans of study—anywhere from a few sessions in a course to an entire degree program.
Our distance learning courses and programs go through the same rigorous approval process as our traditional offerings. They feature well-designed courses led by expert faculty who use emerging technology and communication styles to emulate the personal, lively nature of a face-to-face classroom environment. In addition to fulfilling students’ academic needs, the online format augments information literacy and technology skills that are essential for today’s world and workplace.
A course is considered online if more than 80 percent of the sessions are web-based; however, some are 100 percent online. If the course listing does not specify whether the class is fully online, contact the affiliated academic office for details.
A blended course is one for which 30 to 79 percent of the course is conducted online. Attendance at specified campus sessions is still required. The percentage of instruction that occurs online depends on the course content and is at the discretion of the faculty.
Each semester, a wide array of course offerings will be made available online to students enrolled in these programs, so that regardless of where they are in their progress toward a degree or certificate, they will have courses available that meet the program’s core, general education, and major requirements.
University College advisors will closely monitor all students enrolled in the distance learning programs to ensure that the proper variety of courses is available to them each semester as they progress toward graduation.At this time we are not able to offer students in Arkansas and North Carolina the opportunity to participate in any of our fully online programs. Get details.
The technical definition of an online course or program is one that is completed using 30 percent or less live classroom instruction. This includes fully online courses where all of the instruction is delivered online, and blended courses where the course is split between live classroom instruction and online classroom sessions.
Each semester, University College offers an array of fully online and blended courses. (See full listing.) Students can include online and blended course options each semester to complete any University College degree program. Currently, the A.S. and B.S. in Emergency Services Administration and the English/Spanish Translation Certificate are the only University College degree and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online.
Most online courses in University College are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning you do not have to be “live” online to complete the course, but can work on course material on your own schedule each week. All University College courses—live, blended, or online—use the Moodle course management system to deliver some or all of the course content.
Yes, all University College online and blended courses have been approved in the same manner as our live-instruction courses and are taught by faculty with years of experience teaching online. The online and blended course credits look no different on a transcript than live-instruction courses. However, online study is not for everyone. Please check with an academic advisor before choosing online study.