About Online Learning

According to a 2015 report put out by The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), a leading professional online learning society, 28% of higher education students now take at least one course online. And, as indicated in the report, this number continues to increase. Learn more about the benefits of Online Learning.

The definition of distance learning change in 2016. At UWB, courses meeting 100% online are considered distance learning courses and require an additional curriculum review. All other courses less than 100% do not need an additional curriculum review.  Check out the graphics below to learn about the differences between a web-enhanced, hybrid, and online course.

Online Courses vs. Hybrid Courses

Online (or Distance) Courses:

Online Courses

  • 100% of the course is conducted fully online.
  • A Learning Management System (LMS), such as Canvas, is used for all communication and class work.
  • There are no required on-campus class meetings.

Hybrid Courses:

Hybrid Courses

  • Typically 50% or more of traditional face-to-face class time is replaced with online or out-of-class work.
  • Courses make use of an LMS or other online tools for coursework and communication.
  • Classtime is schedule to work in conjunction with online coursework and activities.

Web-Enhanced Courses:

Web-Enhanced Courses

  • Courses are setup in a traditional, face-to-face format.
  • An LMS and/or other online tools are used together with the classroom to supplement face-to-face coursework.
  • Classtime and meetings occur normally.


Online Learning at UWB

If a course is offered online, it will be noted in the time schedule with a "D" in the "Other" field. There may also be a note in the course description. The time schedule comments section will list of what percentage of a course is online for a hybrid course.

Online learning symbol on time schedule

UW Bothell Faculty who would like to teach a 100% online course will need to follow the UW Distance Learning protocol.


Did You Know?

Forty-nine percent of UW Bothell's first year students are the first in their families to attend college.