Online Learning

Is Online Learning Right For You?

Online learning is convenient

You do not have to commute, and you may be able to attend class as your schedule permits. However, this instructional method requires discipline and self-motivation on the student’s part. Your instructor will demand the same quality of work from you as they would in a face-to-face classroom setting. It will take a similar number of hours of preparation and attendance to complete the course.

There are still deadlines

Remember that your course may include deadlines and specific instructions on assignments but there won’t be anyone telling you to turn in your assignments—it’s your responsibility to stay on top of all course requirements.

No matter when you decide to study, you will be held accountable for all the assignments, projects and tests required to complete your course and earn a grade.

Although online instructors are not available 24/7, UCSC Extension Online uses a variety of instructional techniques and technologies to ensure your online learning experience is successful.

Signing Up Is Easy

Register Online—Please select from our catalog of Online Courses.

Get First Day Access—Registering at least 24 hours before your course starts ensures first day access.

Late Enrollment Notice—Students who register less than 24 hours before the start date may not receive access to their online course resources on the start date.

You Will Need

  • Access to the Internet
  • Basic knowledge of Internet navigation
  • For some courses, access to a computer on which additional software can be installed is recommended
  • For courses on Java, Windows 2003 Server, Linux, and SQL Server 2005, free software is available over the Internet to practice commands and participate in course activities.

Find out more about becoming a UCSC Extension Online student in our FAQs.