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Education without the Commute

Students today have a full work schedule and or family obligations that make it difficult to spend time driving to class to earn a degree. University of Houston Clear Lake seeks to eliminate this challenge by offering high quality online courses and degrees that you can complete from your home or office.  Courses are conveniently offered online as part of 13 online degrees and certificate programs

Online Course Formats

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 for students:

Online (Internet)

This format is delivered via the internet using a course management tool called WebCT/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 setting. UHCL's online classes are NOT open entrance/open exit or traditional correspondence courses. Although you are free to complete online assignments at any time, your assignments are due as specified in the individual course syllabus.

Web-enhanced - Drive Less, Learn More

With the Web-enhanced (hybrid) format, classroom instruction is delivered and course requirements are fulfilled via a combination of face-to-face instruction at the UHCL campus or 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 centers.

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.

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