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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 itsupport@uttyler.edu
    For course related questions please contact the instructor directly. 
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