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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.

Your Formats

Depending on your degree, you will use one or more of the following formats to complete your coursework:

  • 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 sites.
  • 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.
  • Blended
      • 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.