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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. 

People who are 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
Summer 2015 Online Courses  (Online courses still being added for 2015. Please check back.)
CHEM W 142A: Biochemistry Session B Course Description
DANCE W 36: History of Dance Session B Course Description
EARTH W 20: Geological Catastrophes Session A Course Description
EEMB W 22: Concepts and Controversies in the Biological Sciences Session B  
FEMST W 150: Sex, Love, and Romance Session A Course Description
GEOG W 8: Living with Global Warming Session B Course Description
MCDB W 108A: General Biochemistry Session B Course Description
PSTAT W 120A: Probability and Statistics Session B Course Description
PSTAT W 182T: Tutorial in Actuarial Statistics Session B  
SPAN W 1: Elementary Spanish Session A & B Just Added!
THTR W 19: Design Fundamentals for Dance and Theater Session B Just Added!
WRIT W 109ST: Writing for Science and Technology Session A  


Technical Requirements

Generally, you will need:

  • 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).
  • a broadband Internet connection


Exams in Online Courses

Some online courses may require proctored exams, either online or in person. 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, the UCSB Office of Summer Sessions will help you locate a proctoring center where you can take any proctored exam required in your course. 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 by contacting Cindy Bumgarner at c.bumgarner@summer.ucsb.edu


Technical Support

You will have technical support from two sources: