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For any technical questions please refer to Online@UCF Support.
Web-based courses may loosely be defined as any course delivered using the Internet. At UCF, we define five types of courses that use the Internet to deliver all or part of the course. These are described on the Types of Courses page. UCF uses a course management system called Webcourses@UCF to deliver online content. In order to access Webcourses@UCF, you need one of the major Web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox.
Online courses fall under the same tuition rates as face to face classes. A distance learning course fee will be charged per credit hour. UCF’s Current Tuition and Fee Schedule is always available online.
Students taking online courses qualify for financial aid and scholarships the same as all UCF students. For more information on financial aid and scholarship options please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website.
You need to have basic computer knowledge and know how to navigate the Internet in order to be successful in an online course.
UCF online courses utilize a computer program that is stored on a UCF server. In order to access the program, you will need:
You do not need a specific type of computer. Webcourses@UCF will run on both Windows and Mac. However, there are specific hardware recommendations. Go to the following URL for these recommendations: http://www.cpostores.com/ucfstore/graphics/Computer%20Recommendations.pdf
Some of the advantages of taking online courses are:
Some of the disadvantages of taking online courses are:
Any student that has been admitted to the University may take an online course at UCF. Fully online courses are just one of several delivery modes for courses offered by UCF. See the Types of Courses page for a description of the different modalities.
There is no tuition difference between an online course and a traditional face to face course. When taking a fully online course you are assessed a special distance learning course fee.
All UCF faculty are eligible to teach online. UCF requires that faculty members attend a course that prepares them to design and facilitate an online course. Once a faculty member completes the requirements of this course, he/she may develop and deliver an online course.
Online students have the same privileges as students who attend face to face courses. Of course, you need to be close enough to a campus to take advantage of these privileges.
Online courses and programs go through the same accreditation process as traditional courses. Accreditation agencies have incorporated new standards for online programs and UCF ensures that its programs meet these standards.