Your instructor will provide a learning path that includes readings, lectures, assignments and deadlines. Your success in an online course depends on you. You will be responsible for completing assignments and meeting deadlines. How often you log in to your online course will depend on the design of the course and your time management plan for completing your work.  Expect to enter your virtual classroom multiple times each week in order to keep up with your work. Generally, synchronous meetings are limited in number and recordings are provided for later viewing. However, we strongly encourage participation in any synchronous meetings, as they provide connections to both your instructor and your classmates.

Faculty use a variety of tools, methods and strategies to present their content, including:

  • Books and journal articles (hard copies and digital)
  • Websites and Simulations
  • Multimedia enhancements: videos, audio, images, charts, and graphs
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Asynchronous discussion forums
  • Synchronous web conferences
  • Projects and other authentic assignments
  • Group work
  • Much more

Course sizes generally range from 15-40 students.

UIS Information Technology Services keeps an updated list of computer purchase recommendations for students.

Course Availability

Each semester courses become available at 12:01 a.m. on the first day of classes. Some instructors may choose to open courses early.

Courses for the previous semester close on the Friday prior to the first day of each new semester.