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Who can enroll in WesternOnline offerings?

  • Open to Everyone
  • Current and Future university students
  • Professionals looking for a career boost
  • Educators planning for that important step-up
  • Lifelong learners seeking a challenge and enrichment

What are the benefits to taking an online course?

  • Format alleviates schedule difficulties for students
  • Flexible study option eases hardship of job and family obligations
  • Credits apply to a WWU degree and transfer to most colleges and universities

What is the cost?

Information on current tuition and fees can be found on the Cost and Registration page.

What are the deadlines for registration?

 Term-Based online course deadlines match WWU’s quarterly start/end dates. Register by the 5th day of the quarter.
 Students may register at any time for Self-Paced Independent Learning and contract study courses.

How do I pay for a WesternOnline class?

Payment details can be found under Payment Information under Cost and Registration.

Do I need access to the internet to take a WesternOnline class?

Yes, course syllabi and materials are posted online in Canvas for both Term-Based and Self-Paced courses.

Can I earn a degree using only WesternOnline credits?

Students may take individual courses towards a WWU degree through WesternOnline or enroll in the TESOL Certificate Program or the Human Services, B.A. Program. The TESOL and Human Services programs have admissions requirements, found on their webpages.

Are online courses easier than on-campus lecture classes?

While attendance at a lecture is not required, faculty may substitute asynchronous or synchronous activities and assignments for lecture.

Although this will vary from course to course, online courses follow the same general rule for face-to-face courses, for each credit hour students should expect to spend around three hours engaged in the course, working on readings, communicating with instructor or peers, research, etc. (ACC Handbook, Section 1.2).

Do WesternOnline courses follow a certain timeline or can students finish them at their own pace?

 Term-Based Online courses follow the schedule of the academic quarter and are completed at the pace designated by the instructor.

 Self-Paced Independent Learning courses are Self-Paced within the following guidelines - minimum time allowed to complete a course is 7 weeks, with the exception of classes with lessons under 6, and the maximum time to complete a course is 6 months.

Can I transfer the credits?

The acceptance of transfer credits is always at the discretion of the receiving institution. Prior to enrolling, students should verify with the school to which he/she wishes to transfer credits.

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