Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will I ever have to visit the campus?
No, you can earn your degree entirely at a distance. We do, however, invite our students and graduates to visit campus. Graduating distance learning students may participate in on-campus commencement ceremonies.
Will I have an academic advisor?
Yes, you will be assigned an advisor when you are admitted to a program.
Do you hold orientation for new students?
If it has been a while since you took a class or distance learning is new to you, you may enroll in Return to Learn
, a free course offered by the Distance Learning Center.
How are examinations administered?
Most online courses provide an online examination. Some online and all print-based courses require a paper examination administered by a proctor
How long will it take me to earn my degree?
The time required to earn a degree varies based on the number of transfer credits you receive, your course load, and other individual factors.
How much computer and Internet experience do I need?
You must be able to navigate the Internet and know how to download files, attach files to e-mail, and use software such as word processors. If you feel that you may need more experience in these areas you may want to take an introductory computer course.
UW-Platteville provides free Software User Guides & Tutorials
through the Learning Technology Center.
Do I need special hardware and software for online courses?
Can I purchase Microsoft Office and other software at a discount?
Yes, as a UW-Platteville student, you can purchase a wide variety of software at a discount through WISC Software
What is it like to be a student in an online course?
Courses are offered on a fall/spring/summer semester basis.
- You can log in to your course at your convenience to complete assignments, participate in discussions, or e-mail your instructor.
- You will benefit from logging in daily to check announcements and review your assignments. The time you spend each day will vary with the type of assignments.
- You will be expected to do the same amount of studying, submit assignments by due dates, and take exams as you would in an on-campus class.
- You will be expected to generate and participate in discussions with the instructor and the other students. These discussions, in which you will respond to other students' comments, play a central role in the learning experience. Keeping up with your reading and assignments will help you be an active participant in online discussions.
- If you are assigned to participate in team projects, your team members will rely on you to participate and contribute to the projects.
- You will benefit from networking with students from across the country.
What is it like to be a student in a print-based course?
Courses are offered on a continuous basis. Internet access is not required.
- You can enroll in a print-based course at any time. You have up to 12 months to complete the course(s) on your Contract Enrollment Plan.
- You will receive course manuals to direct you through the units, assignments, and exam procedures for each course.
- You will be expected to do the same amount of studying, submit assignments in a timely manner, and take exams as you would in an on-campus class.
- You have the flexibility to create your own study schedule and set your own due dates for coursework.
- You will work one-on-one with your assigned instructor, who will provide instruction and feedback on assignments and exams.
What is a Contract Enrollment Plan?
The Contract Enrollment Plan (CEP) details the course(s) for which you register and the policies in place for the 12-month contract.