We are dedicated to providing excellent service to help you be successful. Our team of dedicated Student Success Coaches provide resources to support you every step of the way – from start to finish:
Beginning Your Course
Welcome Handout & Account Tracking
You’ll receive our Independent Learning Welcome Handout.pdf and My Independent Learning Accounts.pdf by email when you first register. Be sure to read through each handout to familiarize yourself with a few highlighted program policies and resources and help you keep track of your Independent Learning (IL) accounts.
Canvas Access – for Online IL courses
When you register for your IL course, you will receive two e-mails related to setting up your account in Canvas, the digital learning environment. One e-mail will contain your username and the other will provide a temporary password. Follow the instructions in those e-mails to set up your IL Canvas account. Once you have set up your password and password recovery options, you will be able to access your online course in Canvas.
Because your course is self-paced, you will want to be sure to make a plan and set aside realistic pockets of time to work on coursework. One tool to help formulate a plan is the Goal Setting Assignment. This resource is provided in most courses or upon request and is a good way for you to reflect on your goals for the course, track your own progress and stay on track. Check out this Sample Goal Setting Assignment.pdf. It also serves as a way to start a dialogue between you, your Course Facilitator, and your Success Coach regarding your plans for the course. Each student’s situation is unique, so set up a plan that works for your needs. Need help mapping out a timeline? Contact a Student Success Coach for further support.
Seek early approval for any special accommodations you need to be successful. Refer to our Accessibility information for more guidance.
Working On Your Course
In alignment with the self-directed model of Independent Learning, we acknowledge that each student has unique needs. As a result, we have identified a wide array of support tools for students to self-serve in achieving their goals. Below are a few examples of common resources Independent Learning students have found helpful.
Online Writing Lab (OWL)
The UW Extension OWL is available to assist in improving paper-writing, citation use, organization of ideas, and more. Learn more about the OWL on our Resources for Success page.
Because your course is self-paced, you will want to make sure to make a plan and set aside realistic pockets of time to work on coursework. A useful tool is our Time Management Calculator. This interactive tool will illustrate to you how you currently allocate your responsibilities in a typical week. Using this chart you can quickly identify areas of opportunity to maximize your potential for success.
Finishing Your Course
As you’re wrapping up your course and preparing to move forward, the Student Services team will continue to be a valuable resource in assisting you with your course completion and beyond. Below are some recommendations for steps to take during this time.
Request Your Transcript
Remember to leave time to process your transcript request and for the transcript to arrive in the mail. We recommend that you submit your final assignments at least 2 weeks before the date you will need your final grade and transcripts. To be eligible for a transcript, a student must have a final course grade and no outstanding balances.
Share Your Feedback & Success
Be sure to complete the course evaluation! We encourage you to share your feedback to help us continue to enhance the Independent Learning experience. Additionally, we would love to hear more about how you’re doing after you’ve completed your IL course. If you have a success story that you would like to share about your experience, please send Student Services an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your story is selected to be shared, we will get in touch with you regarding further details.
Need 1:1 Help?
Student Success Coaches are skilled professionals who are available to help you identify additional resources based on your individual needs. You can also expect to hear from your coach through periodic check-ins to discuss how things are going and how we can continue to support your success.
Contact your Success Coach at:
1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276) or 608-262-2011
If you would prefer that we call you, just send an email with your phone number and the best time to reach you.
Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 6 pm CST
Friday: 8 am – 4:30 pm CST
Meet the Student Success Coach Team
Jessica Ramirez Torres
Why did I choose a career in Student Affairs?
During my undergraduate studies I knew I always wanted to be in higher education but I was not sure what direction I wanted to go in. The opportunity to work in student affairs came up and I have been working with students ever since.
Ten years experience in Student Services
Bachelors of Science in English and Minor in Women’s Studies
Masters of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction
What do I do in my free time?
I spend a lot of time with my family. I love animals. I have a Chihuahua (Oompa) and two cats (Mittens & Honey). My favorite music is Reggaeton and I love to go dancing.
Why did I choose a career in Student Affairs?
I strongly believe that all people should be entitled to an education, especially since I truly love learning myself! Student services professionals had been very helpful to me in my schooling and gave me a wonderful experience. I would love to give students the positive experience that I had!
Bachelor of Arts degree in English, minor in Theatre Arts
Part of Student Services at UW-Extension since 2014
What I do in my free time:
If I’m not rehearsing, writing or performing music/theatre, I like to take long walks and nap with my cat, Bronte!
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