Online Course FAQs

Student on laptop viewing the University of Arkansas Online website


An online course is not a self-paced course, but it is online and there will be no regularly scheduled meetings. You will need to set aside times that work for you each week to log in and participate, but you will not need to log in at specific times or dates. You will be able to ask your instructor questions, communicate with your classmates, turn in assignments and take exams. Online students are connected with the support resources they need. We are here to help.

In most cases, the faculty and instructors who teach on the University of Arkansas campus are the people who teach your online courses.

Your instructor will provide clear instructions for turning in each assignment, whether you post it in Blackboard Learn, email it, type it into a blog, etc.

Quizzes and exams are administered in a variety of ways:

  • Online though Blackboard with your Internet browser
  • As a “take home” project where you complete it offline and then submit it at a later date

Blackboard Learn is a course management system that is used for most U of A online courses. Once you are registered, your course will become available as a link when the semester begins. You will securely log in to your course with your main university user ID and password. The homepage for Blackboard is https://learn.uark.edu.

You must apply and be admitted to the University of Arkansas to register for classes through UAConnect, the Integrated Student Information System used by the U of A. Once you have access to UAConnect, you can go to your online “Student Center” to learn when your enrollment period begins.

Students are expected to have a dedicated computer. All specifications are listed for each academic college on the UA Bookstore site.