FAQs

Online learning provides UCLA students access to many of the same courses offered on campus, but in an online or digital format.  Online and hybrid courses are taught by UCLA faculty members and utilize new technologies to foster collaborative learning.   Online courses carry the same unit credit and UCLA degree credit as their face-to-face format, and are indistinguishable on transcripts.  Students taking online courses have access to all campus services provided by academic-year or summer-session fees.

Online courses at UCLA provide a flexible structure for student learning.  There are two types of online courses:

  • Fully online courses:  Fully online courses administer all or nearly all of class meetings, content and interaction online.  Communication is generally electronic and facilitated by email, blogs and online discussion forums.  While some courses require real-time (synchronous) participation through two-way audio/video (Skype) or application-sharing software, most online courses provide students with the flexibility to engage course materials on their own schedule.  Lecture content is typically broken down into topics and pre-recorded into short segments.  Online courses require the same amount of effort as their in-person equivalents.  They have deadlines for assignments and may even have in-person exams or orientation.  As with a face-to-face course, there is a cohort of students taking an online course together and an instructor (and possibly a teaching assistant) teaching and facilitating the material.
  • Hybrid/Blended Courses: In a hybrid/blended course, some elements of the course take place online while others remain in the face-to-face classroom.  Hybrid instruction is used when asubject or style of instruction is not as effective in a completely online or face-to-face environment.  By taking advantage of some online course elements, such as pre-recorded lecture content, hybrid instruction can reduce the amount of time a particular course needs to meet in a physical classroom.  It can also provide a structure for greater interaction and engagement in class meetings.

For more information on the structure of a desired course, visit the course website, if available, linked from the UCLA Registrar’s Schedule of Classes or contact the instructor directly.

Most online courses at UCLA are listed in the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes. Current UCLA students may register for online courses through the same online system as face-to-face courses.  During the academic year, students enroll through MyUCLA.
To enroll in courses during summer session, visit the UCLA Summer Sessions website guidelines for registration.  If you enroll in online courses only, the campus fee will be waived. Please note that "hybrid" courses that have components offered both online and on UCLA campus are not considered online courses for summer registration purposes.
For information on enrolling in online courses through University Extension, see their course listings and enrollment guides.
For information on enrolling in online courses offered by the UCLA Anderson School of Management, see their FAQ Guide for the FEMBA Flex Program.

Online courses are taught by the same renowned UCLA faculty that teach face-to-face courses.

No.  UCLA academic courses delivered online carry the same unit value and UCLA degree credit, and transcripts do not indicate if a class was taken online or on campus.

Current UCLA students are eligible to enroll in online courses offered during the regular academic year.  Students from other UC campuses may also enroll in select UCLA courses through the Cross-Campus Enrollment Program if they comply with eligibility guidelines for their home campuses.

Registration in online courses at UCLA Summer Sessions is open to the general public: college and university students, high school graduates, high school students entering grades 10-12, and adult learners.  Participants must be at least 15 years of age.

UCLA Extension courses are normally reserved for adult students 18 years of age and older. Extension may consent to enroll younger students based on special academic competence and approval of the instructor. For specific guidelines on eligibility for University Extension, visit their website.
 

Exam formats are designed by the instructor and vary by discipline.  Some courses provide online exams or submission of assignments, and others require you to meet for face-to-face examinations.  Please contact your instructor directly for more specific information about course exams.

Online courses typically blend asynchronous and synchronous (“real-time”) activities to provide opportunities for interaction with the course instructor and peers.

Asynchronous activities are those that do not occur at the same time. In online courses, asynchronous communication allows instructors and students to submit and receive course materials according to their own schedules.  Popular examples of asynchronous elements include the recording and accessing of screen-casts or podcasts, online discussion forums or message boards, blog assignments and e-mail communication.

Synchronous (or "real-time") activities take place at the same time. Examples of synchronous activities include, for example, phone calls and web conferencing programs, internet-based collaborative software that combines audio, video, file share or other forms of interaction or 3-d virtual environments.

While learning in some online courses take place entirely through asynchronous activities, it is best to contact the instructor in advance of the course if you have specific constraints on your schedule.