Maine’s public universities use the online, video conference, interactive television (ITV) and other delivery methods to bring classes to you anytime, anywhere. And, you can access student support services online, on campus, or at a University College Center closest to you.

Online Programs
Online programs do not require you to come to a campus. Most student services and all courses can be accessed through your computer. Check program descriptions for specific requirements.

ITV Courses
ITV courses are broadcast live from UMS campuses to UC centers and sites across Maine. Students view courses on large monitors and interact using a toll-free classroom telephone. Many ITV courses also include a recorded online option.

Videoconference Courses
Videoconference (VC) courses offer real-time two-way video interactions. The instructor may teach from a videoconference classroom at any location including our centers throughout Maine.

About Blackboard

The University of Maine System uses Blackboard Learn to manage and deliver online courses and programs. Blackboard is a comprehensive virtual learning environment designed to engage students through advanced interactive learning technologies.

Discover more features of the Blackboard Learn platform through the Blackboard On Demand Learning Center. The On Demand Learning Center includes short, interactive video lessons called Quick Tutorials and short documents, called Getting Started Guides, designed to get you familiar with a feature in 15 minutes.

Computer requirements

At minimum, online students should have proficiency with the following:

  • Using a keyboard and a mouse
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Using common software applications such as those found in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or similar suites like Google Apps or Open Office alternatives.
  • Using a text editor (changing fonts, inserting links, using spell check, cutting and pasting text, etc.)
  • Saving and retrieving files in different formats (.docx, .pdf, .pptx etc.)
  • Installing and updating software
  • Selecting, copying and pasting text
  • Accessing the Internet using a browser such as Chrome or Firefox
  • Knowing how to find information for resetting basic browser settings (clearing cache/history, cookies)
  • Performing basic Internet search with appropriate search terms
  • Locating and copying web addresses/URLs
  • Browsing for files to attach and upload; extracting zipped files

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