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Learn About Studying Online

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Online classes are a great way to stay on track for graduation and to access a quality KU education from anywhere in the world. Learn more about studying online at KU below.

KU's Online Learning System

KU currently uses Blackboard as our learning management system and where students take their online classes. In your Bb course you will receive instruction from your faculty, post assignments, engage in discussions with your classmates, watch videos and lectures, submit class assignments, and more. 

Beginning in spring 2021 KU began transitioning to a new learning management system called Canvas. Both learning management systems are generally accessible worldwide.

For more information on KU's online learning system visit Blackboard Student Resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do online courses look like?

Watch this video for a brief overview of KU online classes.

What technology and software do I need to take online classes? 

Technology: KU online classes function best on laptop and desktop computers instead of on a cellphone. Thus, students will need regular access to a computer with a compatible browser and operating system to complete online classes.

Software: KU will provide students with all of the software that they need to complete their online coursework.

How strong does my internet need to be? 

Students will need regular access to a computer with internet that has a minimum of 5 mbps download and 1 mbps upload. The recommendation is for 15 mbps download and 5 mbps upload to prevent common connectivity-related issues.

This will be important in order to regularly check their KU email, access course content, and participate in class activities.

Will the difference in my time zone be a problem? 

No, it will not be a problem for student to be in a different time zone. KU instructors and advisors will work with you to make sure there are accessible class options for students in different time zones.

Will I get academic help and tutoring during online classes? 

As an online student you have access to all the great academic resources available through the Academic Support Centers including tutoring support, the KU writing center, and more. 

Have a question that is not answered above? Email us or set up call to ask us directly! 

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