1) What is Flexible Learning?
- Flexible Learning is "flexible" in that anyone can enroll at any time from anywhere. There is also flexibility in pacing the course within the bounds that usually up to two assignments may be submitted per week, and the student must complete the course within 16 weeks. All of the Flexible Learning courses are distance learning courses offered online through a learning management system.
- 2) What is distance education?
- Distance education, or distance learning, is instruction that is delivered to a student who studies "remotely", not in the traditional on-campus college classroom. UF has provided distance education since 1919, through traditional correspondence study, which was print-based. Now, distance education includes online courses with the entire instruction internet-based. Distance Education with the University of Florida (UF) involves enrolling and participating in fully-accredited college courses or professional certification courses. Both undergraduate and graduate courses are offered and are fully-accredited by the Commission on College of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- 3) Am I eligible to enroll in a University of Florida (UF) Flexible Learning course?
UF Flexible Learning courses operate on an open enrollment basis.
For students planning to apply for admission to UF:
Please be advised that, while distance education courses taken through our program remain permanently on the student's transcript and reflect the student's academic performance, Flexible Learning courses cannot be used for credit toward admission to UF. Please contact our office for additional clarification.
- 4) Do I need to get my advisor's approval to enroll in a Flexible Learning course?
- If you are a UF student, you MUST receive approval from your academic advisor prior to registering for distance education courses. Distance and Continuing Education is not responsible for ensuring that the credit you receive is transferable. This is the student' s responsibility. If you are enrolled at an institution other than the University of Florida, we strongly urge you to consult with your advisor before enrolling in courses.
- 5) Is there a deadline for enrollment?
- Flexible Learning courses operate on an open enrollment policy; there are no enrollment deadlines. This means the distance learning course starts for you on the day your registration is accepted. Registrations are processed and accepted on most business days (Mondays-Fridays, excluding holidays).
For information on distance courses with pre-determined start and end dates, please visit the UF Distance Learning website.
- 6) How long do I have to complete a course?
- Students may enroll in Flexible Learning at any time and should complete their course(s) within 16 weeks from the date of enrollment. If a student has meet all academic requirements they may petition their instructor for an extension which will be administratively reviewed to verify if the student meets the extension policies.
- 7) How fast can I complete a course?
- The usual policy is to submit up to two assignments per week, with three as the maximum. Therefore, while it might be possible to complete a Flexible Learning course a little faster than a traditional on-campus course--and it is the prerogative of the instructor to allow a student to complete at a more rapid pace, most courses cannot be completed in less than 8 weeks. It is usually necessary for the student to receive feedback on assignments before proceeding to the next assignment.
- 8) How do I enroll?
- You may enroll in our courses online. There is an enrollment form available on our website. If you enroll by mail or fax, be sure to include all required residency documentation.
- 9) Will enrollment in this distance learning course appear on my college transcript?
- Yes. With Dean or Academic Advisory approval and completion of the course, your grade will appear on your UF transcript, just as any course, and will not be designated as a continuing education or distance education course. Some institutions have limits on the number of distance learning courses or transfer credits they will accept, and so it is your responsibility to check on the transfer of credit before enrollment..
- 10) Can I earn a degree through Flexible Learning?
- While we do not offer degrees at this time, credits may be applied towards your degree. Students are expected to obtain approval from an academic advisor or department chairperson prior to enrolling to ensure that they can receive proper credit.
- 11) How much will I pay for a course?
- Tuition can be found on each individual course site.
- 12) Does tuition include the cost of books and other course materials?
- No, the cost of textbooks and other materials is separate. The Flexible Learning Office stocks all required texts and course materials for its distance education courses. Students may purchase materials from us, but they are not required to do so. Florida residents must pay sales tax on texts in accordance with their county of residence. (There is a county tax chart on the back of the enrollment form.)
- 13) Am I able to receive financial aid?
- Flexible Learning does not offer financial aid, but accepts the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and Florida Prepaid College Funding (see questions 14 & 15 below). Degree-seeking students are advised to speak with a representative from their financial aid office.
- 14) Can Florida Bright Futures scholarships be applied toward Flexible Learning courses?
- Yes, Florida Bright Futures scholarships can be applied towards distance education courses. In order for a Florida Bright Futures scholarship to apply, in addition to obtaining advisor approval, the student:
- must be in a degree program at UF
- must meet the minimum enrollment requirements (6hrs)
- will be reimbursed by Bright Future Scholarships for tuition only. (The DCE admin fee will not be reimbursed)
Please check with your financial aid advisor prior to registration.
- 15) Can Florida Prepaid College funding be applied towards Flexible Learning courses?
- Yes. The student must contact Florida Pre-Paid and have their "matriculation inquiry" faxed to our office. They must also pay any incidental fees not covered by the plan. If the student completes an online registration, they will only be charged for the fees not covered by the plan. Students may contact our office at 352-392-1711 with further questions.
- 16) Can Veteran's Administration educational benefits be applied towards Flexible Learning courses?
- Yes. It is the student's responsibility to coordinate benefits with the VA. The VA may submit payment directly to the University of Florida, or provide the applicant with a check made payable to the University of Florida. The Flexible Learning is approved to offer credit courses through the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES) program. Members of the armed forces should consult their educational officers or nearest education center concerning individual, veteran, or tuition-supported enrollments.
- 17) How can I be sure to obtain in-state tuition?
If you are a Florida resident, you must send us a photocopy of one or more of the following documents with each in-state college enrollment in order to avoid paying out-of-state fees.
The documents must be at least one year old.
- Florida Driver's License
- Florida Voter Registration Card
- Florida Vehicle Registration
- Florida Property Tax Receipt
- If attending a Florida college, community college or university your institution can verify residency status on their letter head stating that you pay in state tuition with their institution.
Your registration cannot be completed until we receive your proof of Florida residency if you are registering as an in-state student.
- NOTE: Do not send us the original. Either mail a copy or fax the document(s) to us (all contact information is listed at the bottom of this website). If possible, please scan the document and email it to email@example.com because these copies are easier to read. If you have any questions, please contact us by email or telephone.
- 18) What materials will I receive?
- Different distance learning courses and delivery formats provide different sets of course materials. Online courses will provide the course syllabus, lessons, assignments and quizzes on the web-based learning management system Sakai. Proctored exams (taken at a secure testing location) may be required in online courses.
- 19) How will I turn in assignments?
- Assignments of web-based courses are submitted online. Enrolled students should refer to their official course materials.
- 20) How will graded assignments be returned to me?
- For online courses, the grades will be available on your course website as soon as the instructor posts them.
- 21) How will I take examinations?
- Most flexible courses contain one or more examinations. Flexible courses may have the exam available through the web-based course or require a proctored exam taken at a secure testing location. The course listing on this site notes how many exams you can expect in each course. Once you are enrolled, your course information will specifically tell you how to request a proctored exam, if required, and explains the required testing procedures. Prior to taking a midterm or final examination, submission of all previous written assignments is required.
- To request your exam, please submit the Exam Request Form available either as a Word document or as a PDF via mail, fax, or email.
- 22) Who can be a proctor?
A proctor is someone who facilitates and watches over the examination to ensure that no impropriety occurs. In addition, the exam is given at a secure location, such as a school (see question 23 below). It is the student's responsibility to find a proctor and a secure testing facility. At the appropriate time, the student will submit an exam request form which contains the proctor's contact information. The exam will be mailed to the proctor for administration. These procedures are explained in detail in this Student Handbook under "Testing Centers and Proctors" and in the course study guide. For additional questions, please call our office M-F 8-5 EST at 800-327-4218.
Note: Students currently residing in Alachua County or enrolled at UF must take their exams at our office. Please call to schedule an appointment at least 24 hours in advance:
- UF Distance and Continuing Education
2124 NE Waldo Rd, Ste 1101
Gainesville, FL 32609
- 23) What is a secure testing facility?
- For your convenience, an examination room is provided at the DCE office in Gainesville. You may also choose from any public or private school (elementary, middle, or high school; community college or university), public library, or professional exam center. Examinations cannot be taken in a private location, such as someone's home or business.
- 24) How will I be graded?
The Flexible Learning course grade is issued by the instructor. A final grade will be issued after all assignments and exams are accounted for. For students enrolled before May 1, 2009, the final letter grades are: A, B+, B, C+, C, D+, D, and E. For students enrolled on or after May 1, 2009, the instructor has the option to assign minus grades: A-, B-, C-, and D-. With letter grades, the lowest passing grade is a "D-". Upon completion of college courses, a grade report is mailed to you, to the University of Florida registrar, and to the third party institution of your designation.
Note: A passing grade must be earned on the final exam to receive credit for the course. In the event of withdrawal from or non-completion of a course, records are not forwarded to any other party. If a student fails to complete the course before the course expiration date, a failing grade of "E" will be recorded with the UF Registrar.
We suggest that course work be completed a minimum of one month before you need your grade posted. The grade report is not an official transcript. Contact the University of Florida Registrar at 352-392-1374 or use this form to request an official transcript.
- 25) Can I view my grades online?
- Distance education students enrolled in an online course can log into their courses to check their grades and course progress.
- 26) Are my records confidential?
- Yes. UF assures the confidentiality of educational records. This is done in accordance with the State University System's rules and state statutes, as well as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
- 28) What if I need to withdraw?
- A tuition refund will be granted after written request for withdrawal from a course within 30 days of enrollment. This request must be in writing, and may be sent by fax, email, or U.S. mail. All requests will receive written responses. Refunds will be the amount of tuition, less $25.00 per course and $5.00 per written assignment submitted for grading. Please call our office (800-327-4218) for up to date refund policies. No refunds are granted after 30 days.
If you are a UF student, please consult the UF Student Eligibility pagefor additional requirements.
- 29) If I withdraw, can I get a refund on print-based course materials bought from DCE?
- A refund is issued on course materials at the time of withdrawal if they are returned within 30 days of sale and are in original condition.
- 30) Does DCE have a book buy-back policy?
- After the 30 day withdrawal period, DCE will repurchase textbooks and materials at 50% of the original purchase price, provided that they are in continued use and in good condition. Contact the DCE bookstore for details at 800-327-4218.
- 31) What are the General Education course requirements?
- To graduate from a state university or community college in Florida, students are expected to acquire a common collective knowledge about the world around us by developing a competency in composition (C, 3 credits), the humanities (H, 9 credits), physical and biological sciences (P, B, 9 credits), mathematics (MR, 6 credits), social and behavioral sciences (S, 9 credits), diversity studies (D, 3 credits), and international studies (N, 3 credits). This general education enables us to better understand ourselves, our neighbors, other cultures and times, and the principles governing the natural world and the universe.
- 32) What are the Writing and Math requirements?
- To graduate from a state university or community college in Florida, students must fulfill a writing (WR) and math requirement (MR). This involves completing courses that involve substantial writing for a total of 24,000 words and taking six credit of math. Courses that count toward the WR will be in one of three categories: course work with at least 2,000 words, course work with at least 4,000 words, and course work with at least 6,000 words. The writing in these courses will be evaluated on effectiveness, organization, clarity, and coherence as well as the grammar, punctuation, and usage of standard written English. The student must also complete six credits of course work in mathematics, at or above the level of college algebra. Please refer to the course catalog list to see which courses satisfy the Writing and Math requirements.
- 33) Can I fulfill the GenEd, Writing, and Math Requirements through Flexible Learning courses?
- Yes. Many of our courses fulfill the General Education, Writing (WR) and Math Requirements (MR). Please refer to specific courses within our catalog to determine which courses satisfy these requirements.
- 34) I'm a UF student. Do the same UF policies apply to me for these courses?
- Other than the exceptions noted on our website, normal UF policies and regulations apply to our distance learning classes. For instance, if a student has a registered disability, the student must provide that documentation to our office and/or to the instructor if special accommodations are needed. If you have a question on any policies, please contact us so we can ensure a successful educational experience.