Online Courses

Taking an online course in the summer is similar to any summer course in time, effort and quality. The obvious difference is that you will interact with your professor and fellow students online instead of in the classroom.

Successful online learners are:

  • Self-motivated and self-disciplined

  • Comfortable communicating through written online correspondence and discussions

  • Unafraid to seek assistance and ask questions when needed

  • Able to stay on a schedule and meet deadlines

What is the difference between an online course and "remote instruction"?

Online courses have been specifically vetted, approved, and optimized for online learning. Courses being delivered remotely were designed for in-person instruction, and are being adapted for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Summer 2020 Online Courses

There are more than thirty online courses representing a variety of discplines offered during the summer. Current offerings are listed below. To learn more about each course and to enroll, log in to GOLD

Session A 

Course Course Titles GEs and Special Requirements
ED W 125 Schooling in the U.S. (4 units)  
EEMB W 22 Concepts and Controversies in the Biological  Sciences (4 units) C
ESS W 3 Nutrition For Health (3 units)  
FEMST W 20 Gender and Power: Introduction to Feminist Studies (4 units) D; WRT
FEMST W 150 Sex, Love, and Romance (4 units) WRT
GEOG W 8 Living with Global Warming (4 units) C; QNT; WRT
GEOG W 12 Maps and Spatial Reasoning (4 units) C
HIST W 2A World History (4 units) E; E1; EUR; WRT
HIST W 4B Modern Europe (4 units) E; E1; EUR; WRT
HIST W 80 Chinese Civilization (4 units) E; NWC; WRT
MCDB W 108A General Biochemistry (4 units)  
POL S W 121 International Politics (4 units) D; WRT
SPAN W 1 Elementary  Spanish (4 units)  
THTR W 19 Design Fundamentals for Dance and Theater (4 units)  
WRIT W 107WC Writing for Web Content (4 units) A2

SESSION B 

Course Course Titles GEs and Special Requirements
CHEM W 142A Biochemistry (3 units)  
DANCE W 36 History of Modern Dance (4 units)  F; WRT
EARTH W 20 Geological Catastrophes (4 units) C; QNT
EEMB W 146 Biometry (4 units)  
ENGR W 3 Introduction to Programming (3 units)  
ESS W 3 Nutrition For Health (3 units)  
FEMST W 20 Gender and Power: Introduction to Feminist Studies (4 units) D; WRT
FEMST W 150 Sex, Love, and Romance (4 units) WRT
GEOG W 12 Maps and Spatial Reasoning (4 units) C
HIST W 80 Chinese Civilization (4 units) E; NWC; WRT
INT W 20 Introduction to the Research University (2 units)  
MCDB W 138 Medical Immunology (4 units)  
PSTAT W 120A Probability and Statistics (4 units)  
PSTAT W 182T Tutorial in Actuarial Statistics (2 units)  
SPAN W 2 Elementary Spanish (4 units)  
THTR W 19 Design Fundamentals for Dance and Theater (4 units)  
WRIT W 107WC Writing for Web Content (4 units) A2
WRIT W 109ST Writing for Science and Technology (4 units)  

Course Expectations

Online pedagogies can vary substantially. While some courses allow for a certain degree of self-pacing, others have assignments or required activities frequently (even daily).  Students who regularly miss required assignments or activities may be dropped for non-participation. To learn more about the expectations for a course you are considering, please reach out to the instructor or department offering the course.  Once you have enrolled, log into Gauchospace to view the syllabus and look out for any email announcements the instructor may send out before instruction begins, as these may help you to better understand the expectations for your specific online course. 

Technical Requirements

Generally, you will need:

  • A broadband Internet connection

  • A personal computer that is:

    • a Windows XP or later PC with the most current version of the free Firefox Browser, the most current version of the free Adobe Flash Player, a recent version of an office suite (e.g. Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, Star Office).

    • an OS X 10.5 or later MAC with the most current version of the free Firefox Browser, the most current version of the free Adobe Flash Player, a recent version of an office suite (e.g. iWork, Microsoft Office, NeoOffice).

Exams in Online Courses

Some online courses may require proctored exams, either online or in person. Most summer online courses at UCSB have online exams. For proctored exams online, your course instructor will guide you to an online proctoring service. If you are able to come to campus for in-person exams, you will take this proctored exam in a room arranged by your instructor.

If you are not able to come to campus for an exam, it is your responsibility to let your online course instructor know and to locate and arrange for a proctoring service in your area. You will be responsible for the cost of using a proctoring center or online proctoring service (the range is typically $20-30). You must make arrangements for a remote testing location at least 2 weeks prior to your exam date. Acceptable private proctors normally include, but are not limited to, faculty, other university or college testing centers, ministers, military education officers, non-direct superiors and corporate executive officers, and public librarians. Community colleges often offer proctoring services for a minimal fee.

Technical Support

You will have technical support from two sources: