In October 2010, the WyCLASS website won a first place award for innovation in online student services from the Center for Transforming Student Services (CENTSS).
You can easily find classes from the statewide listing of distance classes using the WyCLASS search tool. The keyword search checks against course titles, listings, instructors, and descriptions. Be sure to filter by the term you need. You can narrow your search by selecting a delivery method, department, and/or a specific college. To reset all filters, set to ALL.
Results of your search will be displayed across one or more pages, up to one hundred classes at a time. Each class listed includes a link for more information and a link to add that class to a registration ‘shopping cart’. Your cart contents will be displayed below the left-hand search panel. Once you have selected the classes you hope to register for, you will then check out.
Class Registration Request Process
By selecting to ‘checkout’ from the class browsing process, you will enter into the secure class registration request process. First, you will enter basic contact and personal information and be asked to specify information about your college goals. You must indicate that you understand this process does not guarantee registration into your selected classes. It merely provides a registration request to the college(s) hosting the class(es) you hope to take. Many factors will affect your enrollment into your desired class(es) and are at the discretion of the host college(s). Here’s what you can expect to happen next:
- Your registration request will be reviewed by the appropriate college personnel.
- The host college may contact you for further information.
If the host college is able to register you for a class, you will be given guidance regarding paying for your class, textbook needs, and other information needed for class participation.
DISTANCE DELIVERY MODES
These delivery modes do not require students to interact with their class on a specific day and time schedule. These classes may have weekly or daily participation expectations and very definite due dates, but when you access the class is entirely up to you.
- Delivered completely online over the Internet. Computer skills are highly suggested. Access to class materials will likely be controlled by a username and password. A textbook and study guide may also be required. Some classes may require purchase of an ‘access key’ from the textbook publisher.
- Delivered by broadcast or pre-recorded video and accompanied by a study guide. These may be supported by an online classroom. Broadcast video may need to be recorded for viewing outside of the live broadcast schedule. Pre-recorded videos will be provided by the host college. An additional textbook may also be required.
These delivery modes follow a very strict class meeting schedule, very much like taking a traditional class at a college campus. You will have to interact with your class on a specific day and time. The class may be supported by online, asynchronous activities including discussion, quizzing/tests, and assignment submission.
- Interactive Television
- Delivered by two-way, interactive television over closed circuit, college-based systems. These may be supported by an online classroom. Students will have to meet at a specific location where appropriate equipment is available. A textbook and study guide may also be required.
- Web Conference
- Delivered over the Internet using two-way, interactive web conferencing software. These may be supported by an online classroom. Students may use any suitable computer to connect to the class, but will need a headset or speakers and a microphone connected to their computer. A web camera is suggested but may be optional. A textbook and study guide may also be required.
- Delivered through a combination of synchronous interaction, possibly including classroom meetings, and asynchronous online over the Internet. Students will have to meet at a specific location and time according to a schedule.