The Division of Continuing Education offers intellectually challenging and rewarding online degree programs through the University College.

Students receive the same high-quality instruction, the ability to complete their degree entirely online, and access to both instructor and self-paced course options. The end result is a highly-respected University of Iowa degree. We know you will find your program both intellectually challenging and rewarding.

Summer 2017 is the final semester we will offer Guided Independent Study (GIS) courses.

We have been evaluating the efficacy of Guided Independent Study (GIS) courses for several years. We find evidence that students are more likely to complete online courses with a slightly higher grade point if they enroll in a one-term instructor-paced (EXW) online course as opposed to a two-term self-paced (GIS) course. We attribute the increased student success in synchronous online courses to effective student engagement, structured course deadlines, a collaborative environment enabling students to enhance learning, seek assistance, and find resources, as well as timely student feedback.

Please contact Laura Sinn (; 319-353-2656) to discuss moving your course from GIS to the one-term EXW format.

Differences & Similarities of EXW and GIS (*.pdf)