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Online Course Options and Restrictions

Types of Online Courses

Full-Online Course

These courses will show as FULL ONLINE in the class schedule
  • Full-online courses have course materials, class assignments, discussions, projects, and quizzes online.
  • Students are not required to attend classes on campus for fully online courses. However, faculty are required to have online office hours which should be posted in the course syllabus.
  • All grades are recorded in the Grade Center.
  • Examinations must be completed in a proctored environment or via Examity. If you plan to take the examinations at a location other than the UAFS campus, you must complete the proctor formand obtain your instructor’s approval.
  • An additional fee will be charged for full-online courses

Synchronous Online Course

These courses will show as SYNC ONLINE in the class schedule with meeting times listed but no room assignment.
  • Synchronous online courses have course materials, class assignments, discussions, projects, and quizzes online.
  • Students are required to attend virtual class sessions as listed in the schedule of classes. Meeting times may vary but will consist of at least one-third of the standard times per week. Faculty are required to have online office hours which should be posted in the course syllabus.
  • All grades are recorded in the Grade Center.
  • Examinations must be completed in a proctored environment or via Examity. If you plan to take the examinations at a location other than the UAFS campus, you must complete the proctor formand obtain your instructor’s approval.
  • An additional fee will be charged for synchronous online courses.

Hybrid Course

These courses will show as HYBRID in the class schedule.
  • Hybrid courses have the majority of course materials online.
  • The instructor reduces class meeting time by at least one-third but no more than two-thirds. Summer five-week hybrid courses meet two days a week at a standard time and ten-week hybrid courses meet one day a week at a standard time.
  • Most class assignments, discussions, projects, and quizzes are available online.
  • All grades are recorded in the Grade Center.
  • Examinations must be taken in the classroom or via Examity.
  • An additional fee is charged for hybrid courses.

Web-Enhanced Course

Students attend all class meetings on campus.
  • Some course materials such as the syllabus, calendar, announcements, and lectures are available online.
  • Faculty members may also put assignments and quizzes online so you can submit assignments and take quizzes.
  • You may be able to view your grades in the Grade Center.
  • You must take finals and major examinations in the classroom.
  • No additional fee will be charged for web-enhanced courses.

Online Course Restrictions

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith wants all students to be successful and receive the maximum benefit from all coursework. Based on data and feedback from faculty who teach online courses, the university has implemented guidelines restricting the following students from enrolling in full online/hybrid courses:

  • Those who are registered in READ 0513 and/or ENGL 0163
  • Those who are on academic probation or suspension
  • Those who are on academic warning

Students may enroll in full-online or hybrid courses once they are in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. These students must meet with their academic advisor for permission to enroll in online courses.