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Online Courses at W&M

Please note that some summer courses are designated as an Online Course in the Dynamic Schedule or Open Course List. During the Summer 2020 sessions, courses not designated "online" will be taught using a blend of methods delivered through remote learning. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to take certain online classes at William & Mary.

How Online Summer Courses Work

Online summer courses are taught by William & Mary faculty and delivered through Blackboard. Professors are actively engaged in these courses and are available through phone, email, and video conferencing. Coursework may include:

  • Viewing instructional lectures
  • Reading books or journal articles
  • Completing online assignments
  • Participating in online discussion forums or collaborative activities
  • Taking quizzes and exams: some of these assessments may require remote proctoring 
  • Regular interaction and communication in digital environments (chats, video, etc.)
Register for an Online Course

Online summer courses open for registration at the same time as other summer courses. The registration process is the same, and there is no difference in fees.


Students should expect to spend approximately twenty-five hours a week on classwork. This is the same amount of time as other W&M condensed (5-week) summer courses.


Some of the online courses use an online test proctoring service. More details regarding online testing will be provided by your instructor after enrollment.


Students who take part in an online course should have a computer system that meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Processor: Intel i5 processor or higher
  • Memory:  8GB of RAM or more; 256GB hard drive or more
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Browser: Latest versions of Firefox or Chrome
  • Processor:  Intel i5 processor or higher
  • Memory: 8GB of RAM or more; 128GB hard drive or more
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.13 or above
  • Browser: Latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari

For Software and application requirements, see the IT guide for student technology.

All computer systems should have:
  • Peripherals:  Webcam and speakers required. A headset with microphone is  recommended.
  • Internet Connection: Broadband Internet at 1.5 Mbps or higher
In order to complete all of the exercises in an online course, students should be able to:
  • Copy and paste text between programs
  • Send email
  • Complete online forms
  • Use an internet browser
  • Upload files or documents to an online site
  • Scan files or images
  • Take and upload digital photos
  • View instructional videos
  • Participate in video conferencing
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