Both web, and on demand classes are delivered online, and they are developed and taught by WKU faculty. They share several other characteristics, too, including the population they serve. However, there are also a few differences.
Degree seeking students follow the same admission process, and must meet the same academic requirements regardless of their campus location or intended enrollment (web, on demand, on-campus). Non-degree seeking students wishing to enroll through On Demand only may fill out a shorter application for admission. Once accepted, they can request to be registered in an on demand course. However, this does not constitute official admission to the university.
Web Campus Location
Courses designated as "web" are semester based online courses. They follow the same semester based calendar as face-to-face courses, have specific due dates for assignments, and regular interaction with classmates and the instructor via discussion boards.
On Demand Campus Location
WKU On Demand provides access to non-semester based online courses. On Demand classes are self-paced, allowing students to enroll any day of the year, and work at their own pace - independent of other classmates or deadlines.
- Students can complete a class in as little as 7 weeks or take as long as 9 months to finish.
- Certain financial aid restrictions apply.
To learn more about On Demand, the timeframe for dropping an On Demand class, financial aid, and more, click here.
Students are billed based on student classification, number of hours enrolled, and type of course. A full-time student who adds an on demand or web course is impacted differently than a part-time student who does the same. Download our tuition cheat sheet to see how different scenarios play out.
So, who are WKU's online learners? And, why are they studying online?
There are several reasons why a student may choose to study primarily or exclusively online, including:
Regardless of each unique situation, there is one common thread - students who wish to earn their degree online (or mostly online) are adult learners - they are post-traditional by age or other factor, and need the flexibility afforded by online classes to reach their goal of earning a degree.
In the schedule of classes, online courses are designated in two ways: "Web" and "On Demand." Both are delivered completely online unless otherwise noted in the blue notes section of the schedule. However, there are several differences between the two.
WKU Online (web)