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What is an online course?

Any course delivered entirely online using the Internet. There are no face-to-face meetings.

What is a hybrid course?

Any course delivering 50% to 85% of instruction online. There are periodic face-to-face meetings.

How much do online and hybrid courses cost students?

Online and hybrid courses are priced at the same tuition rates as face-to-face courses.

Is financial aid available for online and hybrid courses?

Students taking online courses qualify for financial aid and scholarships the same as all UTSA students. More information on Financial Aid & Scholarships is available online.

Do I need to know how to operate a computer to teach an online or hybrid course?

We recommend that you have basic computer knowledge and be able to navigate the Internet in order to ensure your success teaching an online course.

What are the major differences from an instructional design and teaching strategy perspective?

The major difficulty in the hybrid format is being able to create a bridge between the physical and the virtual environment. 

How are online and hybrid courses delivered?

UTSA currently uses the learning management system, Blackboard Learn. Blackboard Learn is a user-friendly online learning environment that provides instructors with the ability to present online and hybrid course content in an organized and simple to navigate manner. Furthermore, Blackboard Learn provides communication and collaboration tools to enhance your learning experience.

What technology is required for teaching online and hybrid courses?

We recommend the following items to be able to fully participate in your online or hybrid course:

  • A computer, which can be either a PC or a Mac.
  • Additional accessories such as a webcam, microphone, and headphones.
  • Internet access, which is also available on campus at no charge.

Is technical support available?

UTSA provides campus-wide technical support through The Office of Information Technology’s support services department, University Technology Services. Hours of operation are available online. You can receive help in one of the following ways:

What are the advantages of taking online or hybrid courses?

  • Eliminate or reduce your commute and avoid parking hassles.
  • Access and attend to course work at times convenient for you.
  • Flexible options when traditional courses have schedule conflicts.
  • Conveniently access your course anywhere there is access to the Internet.

What are the disadvantages of taking online or hybrid courses?

  • Basic technical and computer skills are required to avoid difficulties.
  • Technical problems within the online learning space may occur.
  • In person interaction is limited or absent making online communication different.
  • Self-discipline is required to manage the absence of structured traditional class meetings.

Who may take an online or hybrid course?

Any student who has been admitted to the University may take an online or hybrid course at UTSA.

Who teaches online and hybrid courses?

All UTSA faculty are eligible to teach online.

Are online and hybrid courses accredited like traditional face-to-face courses?

Individual courses, whether face-to-face, hybrid or online, aren’t accredited. Academic programs, of which all UTSA’s online and hybrid courses are a part, are accredited. Therefore your online and hybrid courses ‘count’ toward the degree or certificate you are pursuing, the same as do your face-to-face courses.