How to Take Classes
Your Own Place
When you become a student, you will have your own private account called myBama. Here
you will be able to see your class schedule, grades and evaluations. You'll be able
to order books, see updates from professors and have access to all the resources of
The University of Alabama, including the library online. It's easy to use.
Depending on your degree, you will use one or more of the following formats to complete
- Online Courses
- Students are instructed through a secured Internet site. You will interact with professors
and complete lessons via e-mail. You will use the Blackboard Learn technology for
online or blended classes. This system has easy to use tools which allow instructors
and students to share information and discussions, as well as submit and evaluate
class work and grades.
- Evening Courses
- Designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students, Evening courses
are offered each semester after 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. These convenient course
times offer working adults another option for completing graduate and undergraduate
coursework in various subject areas.
- Video Streaming
- Bama by Distance offers online video streaming. Lectures are recorded as they occur
and streamed via the internet the same day. Students who do not have high speed internet
access are given the option to receive DVD recordings of the lectures. Students complete
the same course requirements as on-campus students and take proctored exams at convenient
- IITS (videoconferencing)
- The Intercampus Interactive Telecommunication System (IITS) is a network of conference
rooms connected to a statewide videoconferencing network. Approximately 30 sites throughout
Alabama are equipped with cameras, monitors, and other devices that allow teachers
and students to interact as if they were in the same room. Anyone using IITS can offer
two-way interactive classes or meetings at all locations.
- Weekend Courses
- Weekend courses are offered each semester on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings
and afternoons. Scheduling weekend classes is especially convenient for part-time
students who would like to pursue academic studies while working.
- Gadsden Education and Research Center
- Established in 1946, The University of Alabama's Gadsden Education and Research Center
is an off-campus program serving residents of northeast Alabama, southeast Tennessee,
and northwest Georgia. The Center offers degrees in Education and Library Information.
- Some degree programs are offered using a combination of the formats listed above.
While online classes offer flexibility and convenience, many students also enjoy the
classroom for face-to-face time with professors and peers. See each program's description
page for details.