About Online Learning

Online learning is a lot like face-to-face learning, except you can access your classroom anytime, anywhere, and from nearly any device. A simple web interface makes it easy to access your courses, connect with instructors and classmates, check your grades, and get support when you need it.

A University of Wisconsin Education

A degree or certificate earned through Wisconsin Online offers you the same accredited, first-class education, renowned faculty, and rigorous standards that characterize all Universities of Wisconsin academic offerings.

Study Online, Anytime, While Staying Connected

Course content is accessible online from any device. Participate in online forums with classmates, interact with your instructor and with course content, and do homework when it’s convenient for you. Students in Wisconsin Online programs often say the online format is a big factor in their ability to earn a degree.

Though your program is online, you’ll still make strong connections with peers and faculty. You’ll receive personal attention from your instructors as they deliver lessons, direct you through activities, and answer your questions. You’ll feel connected and supported as you engage with other students through email, chat, video conferencing, discussion boards, and more. Wisconsin Online students often form professional connections that continue long after graduation, through a growing network of alumni across the state, nation and worldwide.

Learning Formats

Wisconsin Online offers 100% online learning options so you can find the best fit for your life.

  • Semester-based programs are instructor-led and are offered in the fall, spring and summer.

  • Competency-based programs such as UW Flexible Option allow you to learn independently with your instructor and build upon the knowledge you already have (often from previous study or work experience) to pass assessments and advance toward your degree.  You can start any month.

  • Accelerated programs usually offer courses in a shorter session than the traditional semester length. For example, courses could be offered in a seven-week session to allow students to progress to degree at a faster pace.

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