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About Distance Education

Welcome to Distance Education at UVM!

UVM Continuing and Distance Education realizes that you want a high quality education, with the added benefit of flexibility and convenience, as you work toward your personal and professional goals. Our online and hybrid/blended courses are offered in a variety of durations, ranging from two weeks to 16 weeks in length. All of our courses are instructor-led, often taught by the same instructors who teach the same courses on campus.
Want to know more about UVM’s online courses, what they are like and if they are right for you? You may find the following information helpful.

What are online courses?

Online courses (the ones that do not require your presence on campus) are offered in Blackboard, our Learning Management System. All of the course related materials, syllabi, readings, lecture notes, assignments, and discussion boards are contained and organized within Blackboard. For an online course, there are no on-campus or face-to-face meetings. There is not any specific day or time you need to log into the class each week; however, there are assignments, due dates and regular participation and contribution expected on the discussion boards or other communication tools within Blackboard. A habit of logging in daily is essential for your success. Expect to spend at least 5-20 hours a week on course related readings, assignments and discussions, depending on the length of your course.

What are hybrid/blended courses?

You may also see courses listed as hybrid/blended. These courses are also offered in Blackboard, our Learning Management System. As with our online courses, all of the course-related materials, syllabi, readings, lecture notes, assignments, and discussion boards are contained and organized within Blackboard. The only difference is that some of your class will be held online and some will be held in person in a face-to-face classroom setting. All of the specific details as to the meeting times are published next to each hybrid/blended course on the Continuing Education website. Expect to spend at least 5-20 hours a week on course related readings, assignments and discussions, depending on the length of your course.

Have more questions?

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