Online Classes  – courses offered online using computerized learning management system (Blackboard, WebCT, FirstClass), e-mail and the Web for communication, research, and information resources.  (Some online classes may require proctored exams to be taken on campus at a Center or a Site near your home. Policies are determined by professor and are notated in MaineStreet.)

Blended Classes – (a.k.a. hybrid) a combination of some or all of the following: class attendance (on-campus, ITV, or Compressed Video/Polycom) and online learning (Blackboard, WebCT, FirstClass).

ITV – courses offered via Interactive Television that can be viewed/attended real time (synchronous) at Centers or Sites or with Delayed Viewing (asynchronous) at Center or a Site or on your home or office computer at a time after the class has aired.

Compressed Video/Polycom – courses held via video conferencing with two-way video and voice communications.  Classes are viewed/attended real time (synchronous) at Centers statewide, on both the Augusta and Bangor campuses and in some cases with Delayed Viewing (asynchronous). (Delayed Viewing policies are determined by professor and are notated in MaineStreet.)

Delayed Viewing (asynchronous) – courses that can be viewed online after the class has already taken place. Delayed viewing classes are notated as to whether instructor permission is required to watch at home or at your office, or whether you must attend a Center or Site to watch.  (Some courses with delayed viewing options may still require proctored exams to be taken at the regularly scheduled times.  Policies are determined by professor and are notated in MaineStreet.)

Center –  a location where University College, a branch of the University of Maine System, delivers courses and full degree programs from the seven UMS campuses so that students can get a university education without having to move away from home.  There are 9 centers located throughout the state of Maine: Bath / Brunswick, East Millinocket, Ellsworth, Houlton, Norway / South Paris, Penquis Dover-Foxcroft, Rockland, Rumford / Mexico, and Saco.

Site – a location within the state of Maine (often a public school or library) where UMA students can view/attend ITV courses and can take exams.  There are 25 sites throughout the state.  Please view the map for up-to-date locations nearest to you.