Online Learning

College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers a variety of online courses that can boost your professional skills and count towards a degree without ever setting foot on campus. Trying to keep up with a busy schedule for work, school, and family is difficult enough. Why add to your stress and lack of time with a daily commute? If you are self-directed, focused on your educational goals, can manage your time well, and can keep your schedule organized, then online learning may be the perfect solution for you. Our online courses are delivered through an easy to use learning management system providing students a convenient solution for completing classes.

Benefits of online learning:

  • Study when it is convenient for you
  • Complete your homework wherever and whenever you have Internet access
  • Interact with your instructor and classmates in your online classroom
  • Course materials are accessible 24/7
  • Hundreds of fully-online course options available

    Available Courses

    CWI offers online degrees in the following areas:

    In addition, CWI offers numerous online courses that count toward the completion of a variety of General Education AA, AS, and AAS degrees.

    Other Credit Courses

    There are also a wide-range of individual online course offerings that are available. Nearly all of CWI’s General Education degree programs can be taken at least 50% online.  Please consult the current course schedule for online offerings in any semester.

    Workforce Development Online Courses

    We offer over 400 high-quality online training programs and classes to individuals and industry clients, thanks to our partnerships with Ed2Go and Gatlin. These programs are a great option for those who (1) want to train for a career but cannot attend a traditional class on campus and (2) are not looking for a degree. No application is necessary for these courses. Fees for courses vary.

    1. Ed2Go - Excellent professional development and personal enrichment classes taught by national experts. You will see complete course descriptions/instructor bios and much more! Follow the registration directions on the class pages.

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    2. Gatlin - These programs are designed to provide you with all of the training needed to start a new career. Many provide you with skills needed to take national certification tests. Gatlin provides financing for these programs. To register follow directions on Gatlin. A representative from our office will call you for payment after you submit a registration.

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    Are You Ready?

    Consider This

    Online courses are NOT easier than face-to-face classes. Students taking online classes can expect to spend 3-4 hours per credit, per week on course work and you may be required to travel to an approved testing site for an exam in some classes.

    You will have weekly due dates for assignments and discussion requirements. In many ways, online college courses can be harder than face-to-face courses.

    Before registering for an online course you should be able to answer YES to the following questions:

    • Are you comfortable using computers?
    • Do you have good time management skills?
      Online courses typically follow the time-frame of a normal semester and are not self-paced
    • Can you easily put your ideas in writing?
    • Is interacting with other students important to you?
    • Are you a self-starter, and can you assert yourself to complete tasks?

    You should also think about how you will access your online courses.  You should be able to answer YES to these questions as well:

    • Do you have access to a reliable desktop or laptop computer?
    • Do you have regular high-speed (not dial-up) Internet access?
    • Can you access the Internet daily, 24/7?
    • Do you have a private and quiet place to do your homework away from household distractions?

    Finally, you should have the following basic computer skills:

    • You can easily access, send, and receive e-mail
    • You know how to attach documents to send in an e-mail
    • You understand how to identify different file types such as a .doc, .txt, .jpg, etc. and what those extensions mean
    • You are comfortable performing searches for information on the Internet
    • You can easily switch between applications such as email, Microsoft Word, and a PDF reader

    If you feel you are ready to take online classes, please consult an Online Student Advisor by calling One Stop Student Services at 208.562.3000.

    Technical Requirements

    Operating System:

    • Windows: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
    • Macintosh: OS 10.4 or higher

    Hardware:

    • Sound card and speakers
    • Pentium IV with 3 gigahertz processor of RAM
    • Recommended: Duo Care with 2 gigahertz processor
    • Some classes may require a webcam and microphone for live interactions

    Web Browser:

    • Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0 or Firefox 4.0 or higher for your browser.

    Internet Connection:

    • We recommend that you have a high speed internet connection. Some course features, such as video segments, may load slowly or incompletely when a dial-up connection is used. In addition, some courses require a high speed connection for certain assignments. You should have your Internet provider’s telephone number and technical support available for your classes.

    Software:

    • Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 (including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint)
    • Adobe Reader 7.0 or higher
    • Adobe Flash Player
    • Windows Media Player

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    Degree Programs

    Students may apply for admission and register for courses online.

    Tuition for online courses is the same as tuition for in-state, on-campus courses, with an additional $10 per credit hour online learning fee. For more information on tuition see Paying for Classes.

    Business Partnership/Workforce Development Non-Credit Courses

    Students may register for workforce and professional development courses online. No application is necessary for these courses. Fees for courses vary. More information on fees and registering can be found in class descriptions on Ed2Go and Gatlin.

    1. Ed2Go - Excellent professional development and personal enrichment classes taught by national experts. You will see complete course descriptions/instructor bios and much more! Follow the registration directions on the class pages.

      Search Ed2Go Classes
       
    2. Gatlin - These programs are designed to provide you with all of the training needed to start a new career. Many provide you with skills needed to take national certification tests. Gatlin provides financing for these programs. To register follow directions on Gatlin. A representative from our office will call you for payment after you submit a registration.

      Search Gatlin Classes