Online learning is instructional delivery that does not require you to be physically located in the same site as your instructor. Online classrooms are accessed remotely using computers with Internet access. In addition to text content such as lecture notes and course assignments, they incorporate message boards, chat rooms and multimedia technologies. Some courses also require textbooks and other supplementary materials, which can be ordered online. To show what you have learned, you submit assignments and projects to your instructor via our website and, in most courses, sit for a proctored final examination at an approved offline site.
Continuous enrollment courses have no start or end date. You must allocate a minimum of one month per semester unit to complete a course; this time frame allows for instructor-led interaction and feedback between assignments. For courses of 3 and 4 semester units, you must remain in the course for a minimum of three months. You have a maximum of six months from the date of enrollment to complete any continuous enrollment course unless otherwise noted in the course description. Submit no more than one assignment per week to your instructor, and wait until this assignment has been returned before submitting the next one. If you are unable to complete your coursework and do not officially withdraw from the online course, you receive a grade of F. Look for "Online, enroll anytime" to find continuous enrollment courses in the online or print catalog.
Fixed-date courses feature specific start and finish dates, like a classroom course. You are required to complete homework assignments thoughout the time period as set by your instructor. In addition to 12-week courses, Extension offers accelerated fixed-date courses that you can complete in 8 weeks.
For courses with published start and end dates, you must enroll prior to the start date. These courses must be completed within the specific dates posted in the course section information.
Many online courses are continuous, which means you may enroll at any time.
If the course is marked temporarily closed, you can be automatically notified when enrollment reopens. To initiate this, find the description in the course catalog, click on the "notify me" button in the section block and provide your contact information. You will be notified by email when the course becomes available again.
Most courses conclude with a proctored final examination, which may be taken at any number of sites, nationally or internationally, provided the location and proctor have been certified by UC Berkeley Extension.
Access to your online classroom ends on the course end date (see your Welcome Letter email for start and end dates). Plan ahead and print out any course information you think you might need before your end date.
Note: As a condition of your enrollment and to ensure your successful completion of an online course, you must participate in chat rooms and message boards specific to the course. The email address and/or online identity you use when entering chats, or as you post on message boards, will be visible to all other participants. By enrolling in an Extension online course, you authorize the disclosure of your email address and online identity for this purpose.
Participating in UC Berkeley Extension programs and courses does not in itself provide preference in admission to the University of California. Students interested in applying to UC should refer to the UC Admissions website or the admissions office of the UC campus they wish to attend for details about the admissions process.
You will receive an automatic confirmation of payment for online courses that you have enrolled in on the Web. All Extension correspondence will be sent to the email address you provide.
Within two to three business days of your enrollment, you will also receive an automated Welcome Letter email that will detail how to gain access to your classroom and begin your course. If you do not receive an email confirmation for an online course, please contact Registration at (510) 642-4111.
Not receiving your enrollment confirmation before the course begins is not justification for seeking a refund.
For you to get the most out of our online courses, we recommend that you have the following computer setup.
Minimum required Windows browser software:
Minimum required Mac OS browser software:
Some of our classrooms require browser plug-ins; those that do will mention which ones are needed in their introductory information.
Some of the required plug-ins may already be installed on your computer. If they are not, they are available for free download for both the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
If you intend to access classroom Message Boards from behind a network firewall, be sure your firewall is configured to allow traffic on port 8080.
In general, the operating system (PC, Macintosh, etc.) your computer uses, as well as what version of that operating system is installed, is not important when you take one of our courses. Meeting the browser requirements above should suffice. If a course you are interested in taking requires a specific operating system or other software, that requirement is noted in the course's description in our online catalog.
You may enroll in a maximum of three (3) online learning courses simultaneously. Once you have made substantial progress in one or more courses, you may enroll in additional courses.
To maximize the benefit of instruction, you are allowed to submit only one assignment at a time to your instructor. Individual instructors would be able to make exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis.
Most online courses require you to take a final examination under the supervision of a proctor in order to receive credit for the course. Please check your course description.
If there is a charge for examination supervision, you are responsible for the fee. There is no proctoring fee to take a final exam at our facility for students enrolled in UC Berkeley Extension online courses.
Final exams must be completed no more than two weeks after the course end date. Midway through your course, you should begin thinking about who will proctor your final exam.
Students take examinations under the supervision of a proctor. We have authorized proctor centers, or you may find an authorized proctor who meets the needs of your schedule and location. You may have your exams proctored by any one of the following in your area:
Under no circumstances can a family member or tutor serve as proctor, nor can the exam be sent to a home address.
Our office will review your proctor selection, and should you choose someone not previously authorized to proctor, we will send verification forms to that person. These forms must be completed and returned to our office. Please allow extra time for this process. We will send the final exam to the approved proctor, who will monitor you during the exam and return your exam to us. We will then forward it to your instructor for grading.