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Frequently Asked Questions

What is U of I Online?
U of I Online is a System-wide initiative that focuses on helping the three University of Illinois universities develop and deliver Internet-based educational and public service programs. We provide support and information about those programs to the general public. We do not admit and register students--admissions and registration are handled by the university offering the course or program--but information about how to apply to a program and register for classes is available on our Web site.

Can I earn a degree through U of I Online?
Many of the programs offered under the U of I Online umbrella do lead to degrees. The program descriptions in our online catalog indicate whether the program is a degree program or some other type of program, such as a certificate or professional development sequence. Degrees are awarded by the university running the specific program. For example, if you enroll in the Master of Science in Library and Information Science program, your degree would come from the Urbana-Champaign university.

Is the degree I earn online from University of Illinois an "online degree"?
A degree earned online from University of Illinois is not designated as "online" in any way. The degree is earned from the university offering your program; Chicago, Springfield or Urbana-Champaign. The online programs offered are of the same high-quality, accredited education expected at the University of Illinois.

How do I apply to a particular U of I Online program?
Admission requirements may vary by program, degree level (Undergraduate or graduate) and campus. It is best to follow the admission requirements listed on the program information page. Admission to a program is not required to take individual courses for which you would enroll as a non-degree seeking student.
General admission requirements by campus and degree level can be found on the Admissions page of this website.

How do I register for U of I Online courses?
Once admitted to a program, all students will receive an Enterprise ID.  This ID is necessary to login to UI-Integrate Self-Service registration system, which is used by all universities of the University of Illinois. If you do not have an Enterprise ID, please contact your program coordinator for more information. Further questions about Enterprise ID can be directed to the AITS Service Desk at (217) 333-3102 (Urbana-Champaign and Springfield) or (312) 996-4806 (Chicago). 
Detailed registration procedures by university and by credit/non-credit can be found on the Registration Procedures page of this website.

How do I get my textbooks and course materials?
Textbooks can be purchased from the university or any online bookseller.  Please be sure to have the correct ISBN number for the required textbooks before ordering online.  Information about purchasing other required readings such as course packets will be available from your instructor.
Online bookstores by university can be found on the Where to Get Textbooks page of this website.

Are U of I Online programs accredited?
All three universities of the University of Illinois Sytem are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is responsible for accrediting institutions in the North-Central region of the United States. In addition, some programs are individually accredited by discipline-specific accrediting bodies. To find out more about the accreditation of a particular program, contact the program coordinator or visit the program Web site.

Will credits earned from U of I Online courses transfer to another program or institution?
Yes, the credits are usually transferable, but it is up to the individual program and institution to determine whether the credit can be accepted in fulfillment of specific program and/or degree requirements.

Will I need a computer and if so what are its minimum hardware and software specifications?
All U of I Online courses and programs require regular access to a computer with Internet connectivity. In addition, some courses have rather specific hardware and/or software requirements. Consult our online catalog for course- and program-specific technology requirements.

As a U of I Online student, will I have access to a library?
Online students who are enrolled in programs and courses have access to many library services provided by the universities. 
Online library services by university can be found on the Library Support and Services page of this website.

How are courses taught? How is the lecture presented?
Generally, the instructor for each course determines its guidelines and how it will be taught. Usually there is an online course syllabus that summarizes the goals and objectives of the course. Most classes use a Web-based conferencing system or electronic mail as the primary tool for communication between students and the instructor.

What do the terms "real-time " and "asynchronous " mean?
Real-time activities are "live" and immediate. In the context of an online course, a real-time session is one in which all participants are logged on at the same time and interacting at more or less the same pace as one would in a face-to-face setting. A familiar example of real-time communication on the Internet is live chat.
Asynchronous activities, on the other hand, are those in which participation is not concurrent or live. One member of the class, for example, might post a message in the morning, and another might not read or respond to it until later that day or even several days later. Electronic mail is the most common form of asynchronous communication, but there are many others as well.
The course instructor usually determines the proportion of real-time and asynchronous communication in an online course. Some instructors may require a certain number of pre-scheduled real-time sessions, while others may organize their classes completely around asynchronous learning to give their students more freedom.

Will I be required to show up at a specific location at any time for an online class or program?
This depends on the class or program. Some require one or more university meetings per semester while others are taught wholly at a distance. For information about specific courses or programs, contact the course instructor or program coordinator listed in our online catalog.

Can you send me a print catalogue?
At this time we do not have any print materials about U of I Online. However, all of our online courses and programs are described in detail in our Web-based catalog. The Courses section of the catalog provides descriptions and contact information for all of the online courses offered by the University of Illinois. The Programs section offers information about certificate and degree programs and, in most cases, provides a link to an entire Web site about the program.

Can I use my veterans' benefits to cover some or all tuition costs?
The University of Illinois is committed to providing assistance to veterans and helping them receive all educational benefits for which they are eligible.
Veteran services by university can be found on the Veteran Services page of this website.

Where can I find courses that meet the 18-hr HLC requirement?
Where can I find courses that meet the 18-hr HLC requirement?
The University of Illinois System has many graduate credit courses available online from its three universities, courses that could help faculty meet the HLC requirement.  To help faculty find and enroll in the needed courses, which must be at the 500-level, we have created a quick link page of the available online courses by discipline offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Springfield. The quick link page can be found at https://www.online.uillinois.edu/catalog/grad5.asp.

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