Online Learning Resources
How do online classes compare to on-campus classes?
Online classes developed and offered by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater are fully accredited, count toward degree requirements, and are academically equivalent to the same class offered on-campus.
How are online classes similar to on-campus classes?
Online classes are similar to on-campus classes in the following ways:
How are online classes different from on-campus classes?
Online classes are different from on-campus classes in the following ways:
How does an online class work?
In many ways, online classes work the same way as on-campus classes. First, students must be admitted to UW-Whitewater. You then can register online during open registration. Classes begin the first day of the semester or academic period. Students are expected to log into the virtual classroom at the beginning of the first week of classes to begin their online orientation and course work..
How do I communicate with my online instructor?
You will probably use a variety of ways to communicate with your instructor, including email, online discussion forums, and chat rooms. Students may make appointments for a face-to-face appointment with their instructor. Your instructor's contact information can be found in the course syllabus, and the instructor will explain to the class what the preferred modes of communication will be.
How do I communicate with other students in my online course?
Depending on what your instructor prefers, you may communicate with your fellow students with the same methods that you use to communicate with your instructor, i.e., email, online discussion forums, and chat rooms.
How is my progress in an online course evaluated?
Your instructor will use many of the same evaluation strategies that are used in on-campus classes. You will be able to submit written papers and assignments online, and you may also take quizzes and exams online. Your participation in discussion forums and other class activities may be recorded and might form part of your grade. Check with your instructor to find out exactly how grades will be assigned for your online course.
Do I have to come to campus for exams?
Maybe. Most faculty evaluate student work through a variety of other means. However, there may be some cases when an online class requires that you take a proctored or supervised exam. If there is any required on-campus participation for your online course, this will be noted in your course information.
This document was modified from materials created by the University of Oklahoma.