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Frequently Asked Questions

Online Education

  • How does online education benefit me?
    Online education allows students to enroll in University courses that take place in a 'virtual' environment. This type of course delivery allows students, who may not otherwise be able to take classes during the day, an opportunity to benefit from higher education.
  • What does 'online' mean?
    'Online' means taking classes through the internet. Online courses use Blackboard as a platform to deliver course content. Blackboard can be accessed through a high-speed internet connection.
  • What resources are available to me as an online student?
    The University of Texas at Tyler strives to provide up-to-date and innovative resources for our students. Please visit our Video Tours of Online Courses page. 
  • How do I communicate with my instructor and peers?
    Online education requires a lot of written communication. Most instructor to students and peer to peer communication will take place through Blackboard discussion boards, emails, video chat, etc.
  • What sort of time commitment does an online class require?
    An online course typically requires at least 10 hours of prep and study time each week; a time commitment that is important to be successful.
  • How do I know if I am ready for an online course?
    Since online education may not be for everyone we urge our prospective online students to participate in our Online Preparedness Questionnaire
  • How do I access my online class?
    You will access your online course through Blackboard. Login using your student account.
  • Who do I contact if I have a problem accessing my course?
    If you have technical problems associated with your course you should contact the UT Tyler IT Department at 903.565.5555 or
    For course related questions please contact the instructor directly.