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Online Learning at WKU includes WKU On Demand and WKU Online, allowing students to choose when they start and where they study!

WKU On Demand offered its first class in 1919 via print. Lessons were delivered and returned for grading by the United States Postal Service. With the emergence of technology in learning, came WKU Online and the first web class was offered at WKU in 1998. Much has changed since the then - today, all On Demand courses (100+) are delivered via web, and there are more than 1,700 web classes available each year that follow a term based calendar. Together, the online options at WKU make it possible for students to earn more than 50 associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, and over 40 certificates, entirely at a distance. 

Student support for online learners has also evolved. Through partnerships across campus and the development of in-house support for online learners, students studying at a distance now have access to more than 65 support services, including student success coaching, research and writing assistance, online presentation coaching, tech support, library resources, and more! 

WKU's online degree programs and student support have been nationally recognized for delivering high quality support and instruction. 

Online Learning at WKU

Online learning is one type of distance learning. Broadly, the term distance learning means that the learning process takes place at a distance, through technology-mediated communication, instead of face-to-face communication - so it's easy to see how online learning plays a role in distance education. Content delivery of online classes at WKU occurs in two ways:

Web/Online Courses

Web classes are semester–based and follow the traditional academic calendar. They have no specific meeting time, but do have deadlines for completion of assignments. To find listings for web based courses visit WKU’s Schedule of Classes and search campus location "web" or visit and select "Classes" from the top menu.

On Demand

On Demand classes are self-paced, open enrollment courses offered via web, email, CD ROM, or print. They are non-semester based and have open enrollment, which means you can sign up any day of the year!  Students may complete their class(es) in as little as 7 weeks or take up to 9 months. Certain restrictions apply. To learn more visit WKU On Demand or call 800-535-5926.

IVS/Videoconference:  WKU also offers a third option at a distance, via IVS and Videoconference. While these classes are not online, they do offer a viable option for students who cannot attend classes at the Bowling Green campus. IVS classes are semester–based classes broadcast to and from regional campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox. These classes provide real-time interaction between the originating site and remote classroom locations.

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 Last Modified 8/9/17