What’s been around for more than 125 years and is largely online?
Wait, does that even make sense?
Yes. Yes, it does. And the answer is University of Wisconsin Independent Learning.
The University of Wisconsin Independent Learning program started offering correspondence courses back in the 1890s. Although the vast majority of its courses are offered online, some courses are still offered through a print-based format with an updated, convenient email option.
Independent Learning’s college courses are open to high school students who are ready for college-level work. Students can enroll either on their own or through one of the early college credit programs that provide valuable dual-enrollment options to help them get an early start on their college careers.
Students will find more than 70 courses in subjects such as math, science, education, humanities, and foreign languages. Check out the course catalog to view all offerings and learn more about the newest online courses in Spanish, Physics, Human Biology, and Medical Coding. All courses are taught by University of Wisconsin faculty and are transferable to UW campuses and other universities.
The best part about Independent Learning is its flexibility. Students can start a course at any time during the year without having to wait for a semester to begin. They have up to one year to complete each course, they can work at their own pace to complete course assignments and exams, and they can request additional time if needed. However, most high school students complete Independent Learning courses on a typical semester timeline—or sooner, if their guidance office advises.
Program Manager Liz Bush says, “Independent Learning courses are an excellent UW System entry point for high school students who are ready for college courses and have the motivation and organizational skills to succeed in a self-paced learning environment.”
Independent Learning means that students don’t have to work around yet another set schedule or attend courses on a campus. Students may start a course, schedule study time, finish assignments, and take exams when the time is right—without conflicting with their school or extracurricular schedule.
Does this make sense? Yes. Yes, it does.