How is the course content delivered?

The online courses use a variety of methods to help faculty explain course concepts, illustrate course content and help students assess their own understanding. Media may include real-time Zoom interactions with faculty or student groups and online office hours.

How are the exams given?

Most exams are given online, via an environment that verifies student identity and controls exam access to ensure integrity. In the rare occurrence, if a paper exam is necessary, students will be able to choose between coming to campus or arranging a proctor site near them.

 Are the videos recorded newly each quarter?

No, some of the video content faculty create is reused, much like the contents of a textbook might be applicable in many spaces. Frequently, faculty create content, video and otherwise, that address specific course questions that arise in a given course. In addition, faculty regularly revise and update course materials, so some fraction of the course content will change with each offering. 

Are there any group assignments or work?

Yes, most courses include some group work. Employers consistently report that they are looking to hire individuals who are capable of solving problems as part of a team. Technologies like Canvas, Slack, Zoom, and Google Docs make collaboration in online courses possible.

I want to pursue an MSCSSE or MSCSE, do I have the same chance of getting in?

Yes! When reviewing the applications to the master’s program, there is no distinction between the online and on-campus cohorts.

Who teaches the classes?

Faculty in the CSS Division regularly rotate teaching schedules every year. This ensures that students receive a mix of tenure and lecture track faculty instruction. On occasion, the division may also hire part-time faculty who specialize in specific course content. 

How do I communicate with my instructors?

Faculty are available via email and web chat, and offer regular office hours where they interact with students. The online courses offer a high-contact student faculty interaction that is part of the overall mission of UW Bothell.

Could I meet with a professor on campus?

Absolutely! Our professors love meeting with their students, regardless of whether they attend class online or on campus. Contact your professor to set a time to meet.

Can I switch back and forth between on-campus and online classes?

On-campus enrollment is strictly limited and therefore we cannot generally accommodate switching between cohorts. If an unforeseen circumstance should arise, please contact your advisor for assistance.

How do you determine online and on-campus cohorts?

Applicants choose at the time of application which cohort (online or on campus) that they will apply to. In some years, if the applicant’s preferred cohort is full, admission to the other cohort may be offered as an alternative. At that time, the applicant needs to determine if the delivery method of that cohort is an appropriate fit for their education and learning needs.

Do I have access to on-campus resources? What kinds of resources?

Yes! Online students have access to the same campus resources as residential students.  Contact your advisor to determine which campus resources may be best for your needs.

Does it say "online" on my transcript or certificate?

No, it does not distinguish between online or on campus in your transcript.

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