:: Self-paced Courses

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General Questions

What self-paced online courses does UEX offer?

University Extension offers undergraduate level courses from across the curriculum, including many core curriculum courses. Courses are taken directly from the UT Austin course inventory and have the same course numbers.

We offer around 40 self-paced online courses that you can start anytime, from anywhere.

Take a look at the self-paced online course listing.

We also offer a select number of semester online “cohort” courses where students communicate online with their instructor and fellow classmates through a standard semester. These courses open for registration a few months before each semester starts, usually in early April for the summer and fall semesters and October for spring semester. Online cohort courses are listed in our semester course listing.

Take a look at the semester course listing.

Who teaches University Extension self-paced online courses?

University Extension courses are taught by UT Austin professors or instructors approved by UT Austin academic departments and colleges.

How do UEX self-paced online courses work?

Once you enroll in one of our self-paced online courses, you will access your course through the course login page (link posted on our homepage). You will log in with your UT Electronic ID (UT EID) and password. If you don’t already have a UT EID, you will acquire one through our registration process. You can access your course from anywhere you have an Internet connection.

How quickly can I complete a UEX self-paced online course?

Pretty quickly - especially if you’re motivated and consistent in completing your assignments and taking your exams. As soon as you get instructor feedback on one Learning Module, the next one opens up, so the faster and more consistently you pace yourself, the faster you can complete the course. The total amount of time required will depend partly on the course you take, since some courses have more Learning Modules than others. It is possible to finish the coursework, not including the final exam, in all our courses within a few months. You then have up to 30 days to complete your final exam, and you’re done! You can preview the number of Learning Modules in each self-paced online course on each course’s description page.

How quickly can I complete a UEX online cohort course?

Online cohort courses follow the UEX semester calendar, which generally follows the UT Austin semester calendar. UEX semester courses start a few days later than UT Austin classes. See the UEX calendar for specific registration dates and administrative deadlines

What are the computer requirements for UEX self-paced online courses?

Our online courses require the following hardware and system software:

  • Personal Computer (Windows or Macintosh) with:
    • Sound card
    • Speakers and/or headphones
    • Internet connection

Browser Information

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As of May 3, 2014, Canvas supports the following desktop browsers and Flash versions:

  • Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 (note: IE 9 will no longer be supported as of May 24, 2014)
  • Chrome 33 and 34
  • Safari 6 and 7
  • Firefox 28 and 29 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 10, 11, and 12 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)

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Browser Plug-Ins

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Screen Resolution

Our courses are best viewed with a color monitor set at a minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.

Screen resolution settings can be adjusted in the display options for Windows users and in the control panel for the Macintosh.

If you are having problems adjusting your settings, consult your operating system manual.