Online and Independent Learning!

 . . . and other Extended Studies programs that help make the University of Nevada, Reno a Campus for all Seasons!
By offering Online and Independent Learning, Wintermester, Summer Session, Late Start and Weekend Classes and Summer Freshman Start
➤ Our challenge is to give students as many opportunities as possible to take University of Nevada, Reno classes.
➤ Our mission is to deliver high-quality education in a variety of formats throughout each year.
➤ Our goal is to achieve this mission by ensuring that students are highly satisfied with their learning experience in every class, in every term, in whichever format they choose.

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Semester-based online courses — available for registration and completion during a particular semester each year (Fall, Spring or Summer), and delivered via online instruction. Students submit coursework via WebCampus.
Open-enrollment online courses — self paced and available for registration and completion anytime throughout the year; delivered via online instruction. Students submit coursework via WebCampus.
Open-enrollment print-based courses — self paced and available for registration and completion anytime throughout the year; delivered via printed syllabus and course materials. Students submit coursework via mail, email or fax.

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Wish you could “attend” class while sitting in a park? In your living room? Or at the local coffee shop?

At the University of North Dakota, you can take college courses when, where, and how you want! Whether you prefer interactive online courses or independent study, you can get the education you want, the flexibility you need, and the quality you deserve.

Choose from 2 Types of College Credit Courses:

Enroll Anytime = Self-paced independent study courses available online or through correspondence by mail. You may enroll at any time and take up to 9 months to complete your course. Courses do not qualify for financial aid.
Semester-Based = Online courses that follow the standard University schedule. You will interact in a virtual classroom with your instructor and other students as well as follow deadlines for lessons and exams. Courses qualify for financial aid.

Contact Information

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Local Phone: 701.777.3000

Toll Free: 1.800.CALL.UND (1.800.225.5863)


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So you’re thinking about taking a distance course. Since beginning a post-secondary course or program is a big investment in time and money, read through the following information before you register. It will help you determine if distance learning is right for you.

How Distance Education Works

Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) offers over 55 programs and 590 courses in a variety of flexible formats, including print-based, web-based, online and in-person. Courses and programs delivered by TRU-OL are fully accredited and recognized by other post-secondary institutions, so you can take a single course with us and transfer the credits to another institution or complete an entire program.

Open Education Explained

Distance education means that you can study wherever you live and wherever you are: in a public library, at home, at work or overseas. But open education also means that you may begin your course or program whenever you like; there is no need to wait for a particular semester to begin.

It also means that people who would find it difficult to complete a course or program on a physical campus can still access post-secondary education. This includes people living in a small town without access to on-campus education, people with disabilities, working students and those with family commitments. TRU-OL also has few barriers to entry, so your ability to enrol won’t be affected by your past academic records and you won’t be required to submit transcripts from secondary school to register in courses.

In addition, we offer students the opportunity to receive credits towards a program through PLAR, or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. This program is in place to recognize the experience and skills you have gathered from previous education, or life and work experience.

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Independent Study was the first mode of distance education provided by Moody Bible Institute, beginning in 1901. Independent Study courses allow you to take undergraduate courses on your own time and at your own pace through print correspondence. 

Independent Study courses do not operate on the traditional semester format – Register for courses at any time. Students have six months to work through the course material and successfully complete a course. Students may choose to enroll in a single course or participate in several courses at one time.

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Moody Distance Learning offers Independent Study undergraduate courses in Bible, theology, ministry and general education for college credit.

You can take Independent Study courses to earn college credit and accelerate you towards a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree, an Associate of Biblical Studies degree or a Certificate of Biblical Studies

Independent Study courses are also available to non-degree seeking students, visiting students from other universities, and 11th and 12th grade students.


These courses are available through Independent Study for undergraduate college credit. All listed courses are available in Independent Study print correspondence format. 

To find corresponding textbooks for each course, go to Undergraduate Required Textbooks.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Oklahoma Center for Independent and Distance Learning is to create and deliver flexible, high quality, college courses via distance learning formats accessible to all students.

Q:  What are the differences between Distance Learning and Independent and Distance Courses?

A:  The differences between the two courses are time and flexibility. With Distance Learning courses you have 160 days to complete your coursework and you must follow a course schedule set by your instructor.

Independent and Distance courses are 180 days and self-paced. You submit assignments and exams on your own schedule.

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(405) 325-1921

(405) 325-1208

Toll Free
(800) 942-5702

Fax: (405) 325-7687


Center for Independent and Distance Learning
1600 Jenkins, Room 101
Norman, OK 73072-6507

Office hours:
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Standard Time

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Founded in 1890, Blackstone Career Institute is one of the oldest distance learning schools in the U.S.  Over 125,000 people have changed their lives by taking a course with Blackstone. We have a long history of providing convenient and affordable education for prison inmates. Education is the cornerstone of success and has proven benefits for…

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Prison College Program Welcome to the Adams State University Prison College Program. Here you will find information about what Adams State University can offer to incarcerated individuals. At Adams State University we know how important education is to all individuals, especially for those who happen to be incarcerated. Through correspondence courses, Adams State University provides an opportunity for incarcerated students to work for…

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St. Cloud State University’s Pathways Program for Incarcerated Students offers individuals the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree or take college courses for personal growth and development.

The Center for Continuing Studies works with the SCSU faculty to make a number of correspondence courses available.  These courses cover the same content as the on campus and online versions.  Students receive assignments and other course materials through the mail and communicate with faculty by mail.  Please check the link below for a current list of correspondence courses available.  Image courtesy

Students can choose to pursue and Associate Degree entirely in the correspondence format.  Students who choose to do so must understand that using this format lengthens the time needed to earn the degree and may involve taking correspondence courses at other institutions to fill gaps in our offerings.   

Students who are admitted to the University through Pathways for Incarcerated Students become part of St. Cloud State University’s long-standing tradition of excellence and opportunity.

  • Degree Options
  • Program Support and Student Resources
  • How to Apply

The Pathways Program for Incarcerated Students offers two degree options:

  • The Associate in Arts degree is intended to provide a broad liberal arts and sciences background. AA programs require completion of the general education program and additional credits to total at least 60 semester credit hours. The AA program may serve as the foundation for a bachelor’s degree.
  • The Associate in Elective Studies degree program provides students the unique opportunity of designing their own program of study. The AES requires the completion of 60 semester hour credits, with no more than 30 credits in any one discipline. This degree is considered a terminal degree that does not lead to a bachelor’s degree, but may be a good option for those seeking education purely for personal development. Students wishing to complete an associate’s degree and continue on to a bachelor’s degree should choose the Associate in Arts program.
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Montcalm Community College is located in Sidney, Michigan.  The college offers correspondence courses designed specifically for prisoners.  The following information is from MCC’s website:  Image courtesy

Montcalm Community College’s distance learning courses are developed by faculty using the content of their classroom courses. A guide will help students understand the course material. It also contains assignments that students must complete and submit to the instructor for evaluation and feedback. Assignments are submitted by postal mail.

Students may enroll at any time. Each course is offered on a monthly basis. New classes begin the second Monday of each month. Each correspondence course is approximately four months in duration, which can be extended as necessary.

Distance learning courses provide a highly structured method of independent study involving a tutorial relationship with a faculty member who guides student learning and monitors each student’s progress.

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