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Orientation for Online Learners

Finding Your Courses

Identifying Courses For Your Degree Program

Identifying courses required for your degree program is critical, and while your advisor will assist you, it is imperative that you are well informed of the requirements for your degree. We strongly recommend review of the graduate or undergraduate catalog for the term in which you are accepted to the program. 

Graduate and undergraduate catalogs for current and past terms are available at http://www.wku.edu/registrar/ from the left menu. 

Advising

Once you've reviewed the requirements for your degree program, you will need to speak with your advisor. Your advisor was assigned based on your degree program. He/she will assist you in the selection of your courses. Remember, when you speak with your advisor be sure to tell them that you are a distance learner and will need to meet with them by phone, skype or email. If you are not sure who was assigned to you, you may contact our office at learn.online@wku.edu and we will provide you with their name and contact information.

Course Availability

As a distance learner, you have several course options available to you, including web, on demand and IVS. Below you will find a description of each, along with instructions on how to narrow your search in the Schedule of Classes for the most applicable results.

Online/web courses are delivered through Blackboard, WKU's Learning Management System. Web courses have specific start and end dates based on WKU's academic calendar, just as face-to-face classes do. The campus location is listed as "web." Course offerings can be found by searching campus location "web" in the Schedule of Classes or by visiting http://www.wku.edu/online/online-classes.php.

WKU On Demand courses have open enrollment, and they are the only courses offered at WKU that do not require admission to the University prior to registration. You have nine months to complete the course and can register anytime! See course offerings on the On Demand website.

IVS (Interactive Video Services) refers to semester based courses broadcast to and from regional campus locations in Glasgow, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox. These courses provide real-time interaction between the originating site and remote classroom locations. To find listings visit WKU’s Schedule of Classes and search by regional campus location.

Proceed to "Course Registration and Account Set-Up"

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 Last Modified 9/9/14