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How Online Courses Work

Whether you are returning to finish your degree, or are new to college, online courses are likely to factor into your goals. Consider the following preparation tips to determine if online education is right for you, or take this online courses readiness quiz.

Overview

Online courses at UNM are delivered through the university’s learning management system, UNM Learn. Online courses are for-credit, academic courses, taught by UNM faculty. They follow traditional semester start and end dates and are charged academic tuition rates plus an additional online course fee. 


Commitment

UNM students are expected to spend about two hours of study time per credit hour enrolled. They are also expected to participate in class, keep up with coursework, keep track of assignments and due dates, connect with instructors, and interact with classmates. Self-direction, time management, and a dedicated study space are highly recommended. UNM’s Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) offers additional study strategies.


Participation

Interaction with your instructor and classmates is critical for class participation and when you have questions. UNM Learn has resources to help you become oriented with the system. Visit learn.unm.edu and browse the student resource links at the bottom of the page.

UNM Learn login page

UNM Learn footer showing student links


Equipment

To ensure the best possible learning experience, owning or having reliable access to a modern personal computer with virus protection is recommended. A fast, reliable Internet connection is also required. Visit UNM Online Requirements to find fundamentals on getting oriented and the technology requirements for using UNM Learn.

Each online course at UNM may have additional resource requirements, such as software, a web camera, or a microphone headset. Be sure to review specific requirements before starting any online course by visiting the Online Class Schedule and clicking on the course title to view the course details.


Resources

UNM students enrolled in an online course benefit from traditional on-campus support resources that are also available within the UNM Learn environment. Embedded resources include Ask a Librarian and CAPS tutoring. Each online course also offers an orientation to help students navigate UNM Learn and become acquainted with the course.


Register for a Course

Admissions

To enroll in an online course you must first be admitted to the University of New Mexico through UNM Admissions.

Registration

Once admitted, you must create a UNM NetID and password. Use these credentials to log in to my.unm.edu to access LoboWeb and register for courses.


Connect with Us

Contact a UNM Online advisor to discuss your educational goals. We will work to convey the best academic options and resources available for your success.

Reach us by phone or email.

  • Albuquerque: (505) 277-8128
  • Toll-Free: 1-866-869-6040
  • Email: online@unm.edu

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