Distance Learning for Graduate Students

Graduate students enrolled in the MAE degree programs are eligible to participate in coursework via distance learning.

Distance learning is made possible as part of a fee-based program offered by the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and our partners in the UW Continuum College (formerly PCE). Under this partnership, all courses, degrees, and academic advising are offered by the department; while registration, enrollment, fees, and distance learning technology are coordinated through Continuum College.



Things to Know About Distance Learning

What is distance learning?
Are distance learning classes different?
Are the costs different for distance learning?
How do I register?
How do I view lectures?
How do I take exams?
How do I turn in homework?
What are the technology requirements?
Does the department have computing resources?
I have more questions...


What is distance learning?

Utilizing distance learning allows working professionals and students located outside of the Seattle area to participate in the same graduate-level classes as on-campus students. Distance learners have the opportunity to watch live webcasts in real time or to access lectures as archived videos after they have been recorded and posted to the course media page.

Some courses allow students to download and save copies of lectures. Other courses only provide the opportunity to stream the video archive online. Contact your instructor to ask if she/he allows "downloadable" copies of class lectures.


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Are distance learning classes different from on-campus classes?

Courses completed via distance learning rely on the exact same content (i.e., lectures, assignments, exams, and evaluation) as courses completed on campus. Distance learning students are reminded that they are held to the same standards of performance and same deadlines as students attending class in person.


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Are the costs different for distance learning?

Distance learning is made available as a fee-based program (which differs from the on-campus tuition system). Instructional fees are assessed on a per-credit basis and all students are responsible for the same per-credit fee rate regardless of residency. For some students, fee-based enrollment may cost more than on-campus tuition.

Instructional fees are subject to change from year to year. For the 2016-17 academic year, instructional fees have been set at $940 per credit. This does not include other, additional student services fees or the cost of textbooks/materials.

Registration and fees for this program are managed through Continuum College. All issues relating to distance learning fees (including employer reimbursement or vouchers) should be directed to the Continuum College registration office. Advising staff in the department do not have access to students’ Continuum College financial records.


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How do I register for distance learning classes?

Distance learning students register for classes through the Registration Services Department with the UW Continuum College. Distance learning student cannot register through the "MyUW" portal (though your enrollment schedule will eventually display in MyUW).

The current registration cycle and schedule of distance learning classes can be viewed on the Continuum College Course Registration website.

NOTE: Though the registration system is online, it is not an automated real-time system. Your enrollment will be processed the business day after registration and payment are received. The course will appear on your MyUW schedule one business day after that. Thus, it takes 2-5 business days after both the registration and payment are received by Registration Services for you to get access to your online course materials. Please plan accordingly.


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How do I view lectures?

Distance learning students can access lectures (both live webcasts and recordings) through a software platform called "Media Site". Links to MediaSite recordings will be posted to our course's Canvas website.

Once you are officially registered in a class, you should automatically see the course appear in your list of current Canvas classes.

Log in to Canvas here

Some courses allow students to download and save copies of course media (audio/video). Other courses only provide the opportunity to stream the video archive online. Contact your instructor to ask if she/he allows "downloadable" copies of class materials.


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How do I take exams?

Distance learning students are encouraged, whenever possible, to come to campus for exams. However, students can arrange to have their exams proctored off campus.

If you expect to have your exam proctored off-campus, plan ahead. There are multiple steps to the proctor approval and exam scheduling process.

You (the student) must:

1. Identify an appropriate exam proctor.
2. Complete and return a Proctor Agreement/Verification Form.
3. Notify your instructor that you have established an off-campus exam proctor.
4. Notify EDGE Materials Handling (Continuum College), at least one week in advance, when an exam has been announced for your class.*

Please contact PCE directly for assistance regarding exam services and policies.


*If time zones (for example) make it impracticable to schedule your exam at the usual course time, you must coordinate with your instructor in advance regarding an acceptable adjusted time. Only the course instructor can approve date/time adjustments.


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How do I turn in homework?

Distance learning students will be expected to submit all homework assignments electronically through the online "Catalyst" or "Canvas" system.

Distance learning students should be prepared to provide good-quality PDF images of homework. Assignments should be submitted as single documents. Please do not submit each page as an individual file. See Technology Requirements below for further details.


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Who manages distance learning technology?

This distance learning technology is facilitated by the Online Learning Technical Support with the UW Continuum College.

The Online Learning Technical Support team is staffed by a team of specialists who manage online resources, audio/video technology, and the physical classrooms used for distance learning. This team is your source for tech support relating to accessing live or recorded lectures. (Please avoid sending IT questions or troubleshooting issues to your instructor.)


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What are they technology requirements for distance learning?

To participate successfully and effectively in online distance learning, students will need the following.

  • Consistent access to a home or work computer equipped with reliable internet access. A fast Internet connection (broadband DSL or cable) is strongly encouraged for web video.
  • Access to and the ability to use the Microsoft Silverlight software utilized by the EDGE Web office.
  • Some courses may require additional software, which will be noted in the course descriptions each quarter. Enrolled graduate students are eligible for discounted student versions of these packages from the UW Bookstore. Additionally, degree-seeking students in our department have access to departmental computer resources (including remote access to servers and certain software).
  • A means to create easily legible images of homework and convert those images into single PDF files. Student should consider purchasing a desktop scanner with a minimum scan resolution of 96 ppi.
    • Small scanners such as the Doxie One are popular.
    • Smartphone and tablet users might consider apps such as TurboScan (iPhone) or CamScanner (Android).


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Does the department offer computing resources to distance learning students?

Yes. Distance learning students have the same access to departmental computing as on-campus students. This includes a departmental email alias, file storage, remote Windows sessions (with software access), and high performance computing.

Click here for more information on accessing and using departmental computing resources or to contact the department’s IT support team.


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I have more questions... Who can help me?

The best person to answer your question will depend a bit on the question itself…


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