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University of Oregon Distance Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Available Courses

Where can I view a list of current and upcoming online courses?
A schedule with descriptions of online courses is available on the Distance Education website. To view a list of all online courses offered by the University of Oregon, please visit the Schedule of Classes.
Are UO courses offered by semester, trimester, or quarter?
All of UO classes are offered by quarter term. UO has four terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer.
What is a CRN?
A Course Reference Number (CRN) is a five digit number assigned to each UO course section for a term. A CRN's function is to serve as identification for a specific course section. To find the CRN for a particular course section, view the course details on the Schedule of Classes.
Does UO have a fully online degree program?
UO offers the Applied Information Management (AIM) Master of Science degree online. Currently, UO does not offer a fully online undergraduate degree or degree-completion program.
How do I access a course after I have registered?
After you have registered for a course and the term has begun, you can access your online course via Blackboard. Blackboard is a web-based course management tool. Please note that you will need to have a University of Oregon DuckID e-mail account (e.g. example@uoregon.edu), to access Blackboard. If you do not have a UO DuckID e-mail account, you can claim your account DuckID using your 95-student ID number and PAC. For more information and help with Blackboard, please visit our Technical Resources webpage or the UO Libraries Blackboard help page.
How do I know if I need to buy textbooks for online courses?
Some Distance Education courses at the UO require textbooks or reading packets; other courses use the UO Libraries E-Reserve program. Please contact the course instructor for information regarding specific textbook requirements. Textbooks can be purchased at the UO Duck Store in person or online.
Where do I take exams that require a proctor?
The Social Science Instructional Labs (SSIL) administers and coordinates exam proctoring for Business (BA), Economics (EC), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL), Linguistics (LING), and Political Science (PS) courses. SSIL proctored exams can be taken in Eugene, Portland, or at remote proctor sites. Please visit the SSIL website for information about taking exams off campus.

Registration

How do I register for online courses?
You can register for online courses via DuckWeb, an interactive web application that allows you to view, update, or print personal student and registration data. Some courses may have pre-requisites, which will be noted on the course listing on the Schedule of Classes.
How do I register for online courses if I am not admitted to the University of Oregon?
You can register for UO courses as a non-admitted student through the Community Education Program (CEP). CEP is a part-time, non-admitted student status that allows anyone to register for up to 8 credits (graduate or undergraduate) per term without formal admission. Please visit the CEP website for more information about registration.
What do I need in order to register for an online course?
You must have an active registration status, student ID number, and Personal Access Code (PAC) to register for UO courses. If you were admitted to UO and want to reactivate your status, please visit the Office of the Registrar's page on re-enrollment. If you have never taken courses at the University of Oregon and are not an admitted student, you can register for courses as a CEP student.
What does it mean to audit a course?
Audited courses are recorded on a student's academic record, but no credit is earned. The tuition and fees for the audit option are the same as the credit option, but the academic expectations of course work are not the same. Audited classes do not satisfy degree requirements or the Graduate School's continuous enrollment requirement. Most online courses are not available for audit registration status; please check with the course instructor and/or academic department for confirmation. Auditor Registration forms are available from the Office of the Registrar beginning the first day of classes each term. Courses can be audited only if space is available and department or instructor approval is granted.

Costs

How much do online courses cost?
Tuition and fees for online courses vary by course. Your student status, the number of registered credits, and whether the course has regular tuition or a self-support fee determine the course cost. To estimate the cost, visit the Office of the Registrar's How Much Will It Cost? webpage.
How do I pay for online courses?
The University of Oregon utilizes QuikPAY®, an electronic system for all students to view and print their bills as well as make payments online. When your billing statement is ready, a notice will be sent to your UO e-mail account.
What is the self-support fee?
Some online courses have a self-support fee that replaces regular tuition for that course. This is not an additional fee on top of tuition costs. The self-support fee is a flat course fee paid regardless of student status, residency, or total course load. This course fee comes from the self-support alternative budget model that allows Academic Extension (a self-support division of the University of Oregon) to offer courses without state funding. If a course has a self-support fee, it will be listed in the online Schedule of Classes as well as the Distance Education course listing.
Are self-support fee courses more expensive than regular tuition?
Whether a self-support fee course is more expensive than a regular tuition course is relative to student status, residency, and total credit load. As the cost for regular tuition courses varies based on these factors, you can estimate the price difference using the tuition tables available on the Office of the Registrar's How Much Will It Cost? webpage.
Are self-support fee courses covered by financial aid?
Self-support fee courses are covered by most financial aid packages. You should review the details of your financial aid, VA benefits, or scholarship packages to confirm that self-support fee courses are covered. Please note that you must be an admitted student and enrolled at least part-time to receive financial aid.

Accessing Course Material

How do I access a course after I have registered?
After you have registered for a course and the term has begun, you can access your online course via Blackboard. Blackboard is a web-based course management tool. Please note that you will need to have a University of Oregon DuckID e-mail account (e.g. example@uoregon.edu), to access Blackboard. If you do not have a UO DuckID e-mail account, you can claim your account Duck ID using your 95-student ID number and PAC. For more information and help with Blackboard, please visit our Technical Resources webpage or the UO Libraries Blackboard help page.
How do I know if I need to buy textbooks for online courses?
Some Distance Education courses at the UO require textbooks or reading packets; other courses use the UO Libraries E-Reserve program. Please contact the course instructor for information regarding specific textbook requirements. Textbooks can be purchased at the UO Duck Store in person or online.
Where do I take exams that require a proctor?
The Social Science Instructional Labs (SSIL) administers and coordinates exam proctoring for Business (BA), Economics (EC), Finance (FIN), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL), Linguistics (LING), and Political Science (PS) courses. SSIL proctored exams can be taken in Eugene, Portland, or at remote proctor sites. Please visit the SSIL website for information about taking exams off campus.
Are there any special technical requirements/skills I need in order to take an online course?
Students most successful in Distance Education courses are highly motivated and accustomed to independent learning. They are also comfortable accessing and using the Internet and e-mail. At a minimum, students should have access to the following basic system requirements and know how to use the technology and software:

  • An active UO DuckID (i.e., access to UO e-mail and Blackboard accounts) e-mail address (e.g. example@uoregon.edu);
  • Apple or PC based system from within the last three years;
  • Internet connection: Cable or DSL is strongly recommended;
  • Web browsers (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer) need to be as current as possible;
  • Astronomy, Environmental Science, and Physics courses also require that a student's web browser be able to run Java applets.
  • Students using assistive technology (such as screen readers or voice recognition programs) should have this software installed and be familiar with its functionality before starting an online course.
Many courses require other software programs, such as media players or Acrobat Reader, as well as additional hardware, such as a scanner, digital camera, or microphone. Visit the Technical Resources page for more specific technical requirements and helpful links.
Who should I contact if I have questions about course content or experience technical difficulties?
Please contact the course instructor via e-mail if you have any questions about course content (e.g., assignments, grading, etc.). Please allow one business day to receive a reply e-mail. If you need technical assistance, please e-mail Distance Education at disted@uoregon.edu. Please include the course title and CRN in your e-mail.
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