Welcome to UNM Online
Online courses offer a number of benefits, like scheduling flexibility, choices for when and where learning takes place, less commuting to main campus,and options for out-of-state and international students.
UNM offers degree programs fully and partially online through the support of UNM Online. As it is a support unit, students must inquire directly with the academic department for program admission requirements. Departmental contact information is available in the "Major at a Glance" column on each degree program page.
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 start and end dates each semester and are charged academic tuition rates plus an additional online course fee as follows: $100 for a 3-credit hour course; $70 for a 2-credit hour course; and $35 for a 1-credit hour course.
The UNM Online Schedule & Course Details features current courses offered online, including additional information, such as resource requirements, not available anywhere else. Course details are supplied by the UNM faculty member teaching the course. Questions about a specific online course should be directed to the faculty member's e-mail address provided with the course information.
The nature of online education allows UNM to deliver academic content beyond New Mexico’s borders. There are state and federal regulations in place to ensure students living outside of a university’s state are protected and receive a quality education. Legal Stuff provides an overview of accreditation and compliance issues critical for online students.
Online Courses: Types and Timing
There are two types of online courses at UNM:
- Synchronous Online - has meeting times requiring students to regularly attend. Much like a physical location-based course, students are expected to attend and participate in OSYNC courses by logging into UNM Learn.
- Asynchronous Online - has no or limited meeting times. The meetings may be virtual or may occur at a physical location. In courses with no required meeting times, students log in and participate as their schedule permits.
In both types of online course, UNM faculty have the discretion to require face-to-face meetings, such as for exams or lab work. In addition, some online instructors require supervised attendance at exams, and there are a number of proctoring methods instructors use to meet this requirement.
Online courses are usually offered over a traditional semester. The Spring (January to May) and Fall (August to December) semesters cover 16 weeks, while the Summer (roughly June and July) is conducted for 8 weeks. Within each semester, part-of-term identifies the number of weeks a course is offered. A full term course is offered for the entire semester, or 16 weeks in Spring and Fall, and 8 weeks in the Summer. First half or 1H courses are offered the first half of the semester, while second half or 2H courses are offered during the second half of the semester. In Spring and Fall, 1H and 2H courses are offered over 8 weeks. In the Summer, 1H and 2H courses are held for 4 weeks. Intersession (Late Starting) courses are offered between the last Friday of the term and the Sunday prior to the start of the next term in the Fall and Spring semesters.
An online course becomes accessible in UNM Learn starting at 12:00 a.m. on the first day of the part of term offered.
Admission and Registration
Before registering for a course, a student must apply to UNM. Once admitted, the registration process is the same for all main campus courses, regardless of course type. To register, students use their official UNM NetID and password to log into LoboWeb. Instructions for establishing a student NetID and password are available at UNM Information Technologies.
Online courses are accessed through the Blackboard learning management system called UNM Learn. There, students access course content and interact with instructors and classmates using a variety of tools such as email, discussion boards, web conferencing, and other multimedia technologies. UNM Learn Technology Support is available 24/7 by phone at (505) 277-0857 or toll free at (877) 688-8817.
To ensure the best possible learning experience, owning or having reliable access to a modern personal computer with virus protection is recommended. Online courses perform optimally on high speed internet, particularly with cable and DSL connections. UNM Computer Pods provide a free on-campus option. Off-campus resources may be available at local libraries, workforce training centers, as well as continuing education and college campuses.
Courses offered online are rigorous and require commitment. Minimum study time is determined by a course’s length. Full semester, or sixteen-week, courses require a minimum of two hours of study time per credit hour, per week. Many online courses are offered in an eight-week format requiring a weekly minimum study time of four hours for each credit hour enrolled. For example, a three credit hour course offered in an eight-week format will require a minimum of twelve hours of study time each week.
In addition to making time for study, students are expected to participate in class and interact with instructors and classmates. Self-direction and time management skills are a must. Successful students also have a dedicated study space equipped with a reliable computer connected to high speed internet.
When participating in an online class, students are advised to do so from a quiet learning environment. During a web conference for example, participants can hear each other’s background sounds. Televisions, radios, family members, pets, and places of business can be disruptive. In managing unwanted sound, it is beneficial to use a microphone-equipped headset with a USB connection. Additionally, the instructor and students have the option to mute their microphones when necessary.
Conduct and Etiquette
UNM's Student Code of Conduct policies apply to all students, regardless of their learning environment. Students are expected to contribute to a positive learning environment with professionalism and order.
UNM Online is available to answer your questions:
- Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MST
- Albuquerque: (505) 277-8128
- Toll free: (866) 869-6040
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For immediate assistance with an online course, UNM Learn has 24/7 phone support:
- Albuquerque: (505) 277-0857
- Toll free: (877) 688-8817
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