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 itsupport@uttyler.edu

    For course related questions please contact the instructor directly.