UD Online / Distance Learning

The University's UD Online / Distance Learning program allows students to take University of Delaware courses using a variety of technologies. Distance students are able to access their courses any time and any place with high speed internet access. Courses follow the regular UD campus academic calendar. Online learning objectives are the same as campus learning objectives and are taught by UD faculty; therefore, there is no distinction on transcripts or diplomas between on-campus and online courses and programs. Most courses have proctored exams. If a course has proctored exams, students in Delaware are required to test at one of three Delaware testing centers; students at a distance are required to use ProctorU which requires that the student have a web camera, headset with microphone and for some courses a bamboo tool. To be successful in an online course a student needs to be self disciplined, well organized and have strong time management skills.

Online courses may include all or some of the following instructional delivery methods: video streamed class lectures, video clips, audio components, guided readings, chat rooms, interactive web activities, and threaded discussions. In addition, instructors are available to assist students according to their course policy via email, online chat or by phone. Some courses require scheduled virtual class meetings using a microphone and headset, videoconferencing, or are self-directed. Students will find easy step-by-step instructions to link to the University of Delaware computer network from home or office at: www.pcs.udel.edu/udonline/start. It is required that all students test their course log-on access by the beginning of the semester. If students have technical difficulties viewing video streamed lectures over the Internet, it may be possible to request instructional media as an alternative viewing option. Only courses with video streamed lectures have this option. They are designated by stating "CDs or DVDs available upon request" in the course notes. Instructions on how to request instructional media will be provided to students in a welcome email or postcard after students register. For the optimal educational experience high speed Internet access is required for all online courses.

Two Course Search tools include online classes. Using the standard Course search, select "UD Online (SA-Virtual)" as "Course Location." to see all online offerings. On this Winter website in the "Courses" topic, choose the Enhanced Course Search and click the criterion selector for "Distance Learning Only."

Full Time Matriculated Students

For Winter Session, most full-time matriculated students do not need permission to take a distance learning Online course; however, there are a few exceptions for which approval from their Assistant Dean, Instructor, or an Advisor is required. For details, please visit the following website: www.pcs.udel.edu/udonline/registration/full_time.html

State Authorization of Distance Learning

Out-of-state matriculated or nonmatriculated students enrolled in UD's distance learning credit courses or online degree programs, who complete the majority of their coursework outside Delaware through distance learning should read about State Authorization of Distance Learning at www.pcs.udel.edu/udonline/state-authorization.

Academic Winter Schedule for online courses

The Online academic calendar matches the University's on-Campus Winter Session, except for proctored exams. To learn about the proctored exam schedule, visit
www.pcs.udel.edu/udonline/exams Please refer to the Winter Session Academic Calendar for other important dates.


For registration information please visit the following website:

Please be advised that the Winter Session goes by very quickly. Be sure to check out your connectivity at www.pcs.udel.edu/udonline/start as soon as possible because there will not be any extensions to the Free Drop/Add deadline.

 Winter Session home page
Please direct questions to Allan Fanjoy < fanjoy@udel.edu >
URL of this document: http://www.udel.edu/winter/focus.shtml
Last modified: Friday, 02-Aug-2013 09:19:15 EDT