What to Expect

UW Independent Learning courses are all offered in a self-paced format via distance education either through an online or print-based delivery option.

How are UW Independent Learning courses different from traditional online courses?

Traditional Online Course

UW Independent Learning Online Course

Structured – assignments are completed on a weekly basis as determined by your professor or teaching assistant. Flexible – assignments and exams can be completed whenever you’d like.
All coursework must be completed within the term or semester. All coursework must be completed before your course expiration date – typically 6 months from your date of registration.
Interaction with other students via discussion boards or projects is required. Little to no interaction with other students as students start and finish courses on their own timeline.
Weekly feedback is provided by the instructor. Feedback is provided by our faculty as you submit work for evaluation.

When you register for a UW Independent Learning course, you can expect to have a great course experience. But what happens after you register?

Immediately after you register for your course, you’ll receive an email confirming that your registration was received and is in process. Within 1-2 business days, you’ll receive a second email with detailed instructions on accessing your course materials specific to the delivery method of the course you registered for.

Delivery Methods

  • Online: If you registered for an online course, this email will explain how to access, log in, and set up a new password for our digital learning environment (e.g. Canvas). Canvas is intuitive and easy to navigate, and you’ll be able to get started on your coursework immediately. Your course and syllabus will be available electronically in the online course. We’ll also include information about contacting Tech Support, should you run into any issues.
  • Print-based: If you registered for a print-based course, you’ll receive access to a course guide within the Courses sections of your Student Account. You’ll also receive access to submit your assignments within your Student Account. Please note that if you didn’t provide an email address when you registered, this information will be mailed to you.

About one week post-registration, you can expect to receive a check-in call from a UW Independent Learning Student Success Coach. They’ll be one of your main resources as you complete your coursework — they’re happy to answer any questions you have about registration, accessing coursework, submitting assignments, course curriculum, and more.