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Online Learning at the University of Oklahoma | OU Online

What to Expect as an Online Student

Our programs are designed to help working adults succeed no matter where they are in the world. Our team of dedicated faculty and staff will provide you with access to the same academic resources as students who take classes in person, allowing you the freedom to study on your own schedule.

How is Online Different than Face-to-Face Classes?

Students in online courses learn and interact with instructors and classmates just like traditional students, but you’ll do so on your schedule as part of an asynchronous course that doesn’t require you to be online at a set time. You’ll receive the same syllabus and course materials and complete the same graded assignments as in-person students in each accelerated, 8-week course, allowing you to focus in-depth on one or two courses at a time.

Learning Experience

You’ll use Canvas LMS to access vital information for all your classes, including completing assignments, communicating with professors and classmates, and more.

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Why online courses at OU?

  • Earn an affordable degree at a top-tier institution on your own schedule
  • Learn from world-class faculty with industry experience
  • Learn the skills necessary for advancement in the workforce
  • Create opportunities for increased pay and more career options
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Information Technology

OU IT provides a catalog of fixes for any issues you may encounter. Submit a ticket, and OU IT will contact you. 

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Technology Requirements

  • Computer desktop or laptop
  • Reliable, high-speed internet connection
  • Latest newer version of a web browser
  • Basic software, email and other software or technology as required

Online Course Delivery Options

Most online classes are offered in an asynchronous format. Some classes, however, may be synchronous or offer optional synchronous opportunities. Check your class schedule and syllabus to find out the format.

Synchronous Courses

Class sessions run in real time. You will attend online classes and interact with instructors and classmates at a time indicated on your class schedule.

Asynchronous Courses

You will access material for each class session, complete your assignments, communicate with instructors, and interact with classmates on your schedule.

Find the Support & Resources You Need

The OU Online team is here for you. We offer exceptional support and services to ensure your success. If you can't find the resources you need, an OU Online team member will gladly help you. 

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7 Tips for Online Success

Set yourself up for success as an online student by following these helpful tips.

1. Schedule the same time each week to do your work.

Develop a set time and place that you can devote to your coursework each week. This will allow you to create a stable routine, where you can focus your full attention on your studies.

2. Keep track of your assignments; stay informed and connected.

Look at your syllabus on the first day of class and make note of all major assignments, so you can plan ahead and balance your work/life commitments. Check your Canvas account, email, and other messages daily to ensure you’re up-to-date with any changes to assignments or due dates.

3. Be strategic about course readings. 

Don’t underestimate the amount of time it will take to complete readings and other coursework. Refer to your course syllabus and plan accordingly to give yourself plenty of time to read, take notes, and complete assignments.

4. Stay in touch with your instructor.

Reach out to your instructor to introduce yourself and ask questions, both before and during the course. Be proactive in asking for clarification or help. Your instructor wants to help you succeed.

5. Schedule ample time for online exams and quizzes.

Similar to completing your coursework, you don’t want to underestimate the amount of time it will take to complete an online exam or quiz. Ask your instructor how much time you should set aside and plan accordingly.

6. Ask for help.

Your professors want you to be successful in your coursework, so don’t hesitate to ask them for help.  Your classmates can also be a great resource. Requesting clarification or guidance is part of the learning process, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.

7. Check in with your online course every day.

Check your OU email and Canvas account every day for updates to notifications, course assignments, discussion boards, readings, and more. Staying engaged will help you stay organized and on top of your coursework.