Education without the Commute
Distance Education (DE) is any instruction that takes place outside the UHCL campus
classroom setting. University of Houston-Clear Lake offers students the opportunity
to supplement their on-campus coursework. Classes offered through DE are regular UHCL
classes taught by UHCL faculty with the same pre-requisites and requirements as classes
taken on campus. Classes are offered in a variety of formats that provide options
- Online (Internet) - This format is delivered via the Internet using a course management tool called
Blackboard with all class instruction delivered and course requirements fulfilled
online. No face-to-face instruction and student interaction or face-to-face student
group interaction is required. Courses offered online provide an environment for flexible
learning and teaching while delivering the same high-quality content as in a traditional
* Some online courses require proctored exams. Be sure to check with your instructor
for specific information regarding examinations in your course.
UHCL's online classes are NOT open entrance/open exit or traditional correspondence
courses. Although students are free to do their work online any time it fits into
their weekly schedules, assignments are due as specified in the individual course
- Web Enhanced (Hybrid) - With this format, classroom instruction is delivered and course requirements are
fulfilled via a combination of face-to-face instruction at the UHCL campus and off-campus
sites and online. In a web enhanced class, an instructor can deliver all instruction
online but require students to attend mandatory orientation, class presentations,
and in-class examinations. The number of face-to-face meetings is determined by the
instructor and can be found on the footnotes for the class on the UHCL class schedule.
The Web enhanced format is popular both on the UHCL campus and at the off-campus learning
- Off-campus Courses - UHCL offers courses for selected degree programs at off-campus learning centers.
Courses at our off-campus learning centers may be offered face-to-face in a traditional
classroom, or as a Web enhanced class.
UHCL is committed to using the most current instructional techniques to ensure comparable
learning outcomes between course work delivered in a traditional, Web enhanced, or
online format. It is recommended that students have their own computer with access
to the Internet prior to registering for an online class. The university and off-campus
centers have fully equipped computer labs that students may use.