Welcome to UNM Online
Online students enjoy scheduling flexibility, deciding when and where learning takes place, and commuting less.
Accelerated Online Programs offer online degrees at a flat tuition rate, regardless of residency.
Degree completion programs allow students to complete their education by taking online courses that, combined with previously earned credits, may lead to a bachelor's degree.
UNM offers for-credit, academic courses taught online by faculty. In the Schedule of Online Courses, section-specific descriptions provided by instructors go beyond the information available in LoboWeb and the UNM Catalog.
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 are protected and receive a quality education. Legal provides an overview of accreditation and compliance information critical for online students.
Degree programs are fully and partially online. Online students, courses, and degrees are supported by UNM Online. Within each UNM Online degree program description, departmental contact information is located on the right side of the web page. Students inquire directly with the appropriate academic department for program admission requirements.
Tuition and Fees
Online courses are assessed at institutional tuition rates. For Accelerated Online Programs, tuition and fee rates are assessed differently.
Admission and Registration
Before registering, a student must apply to UNM. To register, students use their official UNM NetID and password to log into LoboWeb. UNM Information Technologies has instructions for establishing a student NetID and password.
The Online Environment
Accessing an Online Course: The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS)
Beginning with the Summer 2022 semester, online courses became accessible through the Canvas learning management system. Online courses are available in Canvas starting at 12:00 a.m. on the first day of the part of the term offered. Students use email, discussion boards, web conferencing, and other multimedia technologies to access course content and interact with instructors and classmates. For help, visit the Canvas Support page where you can find self-help information or access to open a support ticket. You can also reach Canvas Support 24/7 by phone at 505-277-0857, 1-877-688-8817, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some online courses follow the university's semester cycle with firm start and end dates. The Spring, (January to May), and Fall, (August to December), semesters are for 16 weeks, while the Summer, (roughly June and July), is for 8 weeks.
Courses designated as Accelerated Online Courses (AOPs) follow 8-week semester cycles — 1H or 2H. During the Summer semester, AOPs follow a 4-week semester cycle. See the following Part-of-Term section for an explanation of these cycles.
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. That is, 16 weeks in Spring and Fall, and 8 weeks in the Summer.
A first half, or 1H, course is offered the first half of a semester, while a second half, or 2H, course is offered during the second half. In Spring and Fall, the instructional period for 1H and 2H courses is 8 weeks each. In the Summer, the instructional period for 1H and 2H courses is 4 weeks each. First half and second half courses provide content equivalent to a full-term course.
Intersession, (Late Starting), courses are occasionally offered in the Spring and Fall. While instructional periods vary, late-starting courses are scheduled between the last Friday of the finishing term and the Sunday prior to the starting term.
Types of Online Courses
Synchronous Online - An online synchronous (OSYNC) course has regularly scheduled online meetings. To attend, students log into UNM's Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) on regularly scheduled days and times. Scheduled meetings may be held using Zoom or another videoconferencing tool.
Asynchronous Online - An online asynchronous course has no, or a very limited number of, scheduled meetings. Often for orientation, exams, labs, or presentations, the meetings may be virtual, or require students to attend a physical location.
The Schedule of Online Courses features courses UNM Main Campus offers online. Descriptions include course information not available in LoboWeb or the UNM Catalog. Faculty supply the course details using a course information form. Students direct questions specific to a particular online course section to the instructor. Within UNM Online's Schedule of Online Courses, an instructor's email address is displayed in the expanded course description.
For students able to come to campus, UNM Computer Labs are available. Off-campus resources may be available at local libraries, workforce training centers, as well as continuing education, and regional higher education campuses.
An online instructor could require supervised exams. There are a number of proctoring methods used to meet the requirement.
Best Practices for Online Learning
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.
To be successful in online education, self-direction and time management skills are a must.
Students are expected to interact with instructors and classmates. Class participation is often required and graded.
An optimal environment is a dedicated area equipped with a reliable, modern computer, connected to high speed internet.
Online courses are rigorous. 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.
A quiet learning environment is best. During a web conference, for example, participants can hear each other’s background sounds. Televisions, music streams, 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, participants 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.
UNM Online is available to answer your questions:
- Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MST
- Albuquerque: (505) 277-9000
- Toll-free: (866) 869-6040
- Email: email@example.com
Zoom: Join us on Zoom for Virtual Advisement Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to Noon. Meeting ID: 967 7118 3893
For immediate assistance with an online course, UNM's Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) has 24/7 phone support:
- Albuquerque: (505) 277-9000
- Toll free: (877) 688-8817
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