University of Delaware

Professional & Continuing Studies

About UD Online Distance Learning

Welcome to the University of Delaware’s distance learning program! The staff of UD Online is committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. Look to us for:

  • Convenience and flexibility. An award-winning “electronic campus” connects you to ideas, people, and information. Registration, classes, discussions with your professor, research, all can take place when and where you choose.
  • World-class instructional technology. Gain knowledge in your academic area of study; also gain valuable experience while you use state-of-the-art online resources and educational technologies.
  • Academic excellence. The University of Delaware offers an impressive collection of educational resources. Its faculty includes internationally known scientists, authors, and teachers, many of whom teach for UD Online each semester.

UD Online brings the University of Delaware to you. We invite you to join the thousands of other UD Online students who are continuing their education at the University of Delaware.

UD Online = UD

Course requirements for UD Online/distance learning courses are the same as for on-campus courses. Participation in a UD Online course does not affect a student’s classification, and there is no distinction on student transcripts or an earned diploma between on-campus and UD Online courses and degrees. Only the delivery format of UD Online courses is different. “I can tell you that UD Online students are getting exactly the same version of a course as the in-class students, and they’re responsible for the same information as the on-campus students,” explains one UD Online instructor.

Distance Learning Format

UD Online students access their courses on the Web through easy-to-use learning management systems. The University of Delaware uses Sakai and Canvas as its primary course management tools to deliver UD Online courses. Courses may include all or some of the following instructional delivery methods: videostreamed class lectures, video clips, audio components, guided readings, chat rooms, interactive web activities and threaded discussions. In addition, instructors are available to assist students according to their course policy either via email, by phone or in person.

Access to email and high-speed internet is required for all UD Online classes. A small number of courses require scheduled virtual class meetings using a microphone and headset, videoconferencing or are completely self-directed. If you have questions regarding technical requirements for a specific course, please write to

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