Online. On campus. On location. This phrase describes what Continuing Education at Iowa stands for: providing access to a nationally-ranked public institution to as many people as possible.

In addition to where you take your course, there are a variety of ways the course is delivered. Many distance courses use the Internet to deliver course work to your desktop. Some distance degree programs or courses are offered on-location, such as Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, the Quad Cities, Sioux City, and Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in northwest Iowa. While still others are offered at the Iowa City campus, many at nontraditional times.

Distance courses vary in delivery format and are supported with various technologies. Some are structured so you can complete them at a time that is most convenient for you (like our Guided Independent Study courses), while others provide a more specific set of deadlines and opportunities to collaborate with classmates.

Some courses require online meetings or discussions via webcam and give you opportunities to collaborate with classmates, similar to what a traditional student may experience in a physical classroom.

Whatever type of course you take or program you enroll in, a faculty member and your advisor provide you with direction and assistance, giving you assurance that support is there when you need it while you reach your goal.

Below are the main course delivery methods available to you as a distance learner. Read each section to learn more about the variety of options we offer.