Preparing for Your Course | UC Online

Preparing for Your Course

We want your UC Online experience with an online course to be a successful one. Once you have enrolled in a course, this pre-start checklist will help you get ready.


1. Check Technology Requirements

To make sure you can access your UC Online course and participate in class activities, review software and hardware requirements in your course syllabus PDF on the course description page via Find Courses and Enroll. Most desktop and laptop computers—as well as tablets—have the necessary software and hardware. If you have questions, contact UC Online Support or your instructor.

2. Review Class Exam Procedures

Some UC Online courses use online exam proctoring systems, others require that you take your exam in person at the campus or visit a proctoring center to take your exams, and some courses do not require any proctoring services. Review the proctoring requirements on the course description page so you’re ready for exam days.

3. Purchase Course Materials

When viewing the course description page of the course you are interested in taking, make sure to verify what required course materials you may need to purchase for your class. Some examples include e-texts, hard copy texts, homework systems etc.

4. Obtain Class Log-in Information

During the week before your course begins, the instructor will email you with instructions for logging in to the course. If for some reason you don’t receive this email, contact UC Online Support for assistance. We strongly recommend that you access the course and information before the first day of class.

Still have questions? Browse our list of student FAQs, or contact UC Online Support.

If you have questions about your course curriculum — including course materials and exam scheduling — contact your instructor. You’ll find faculty contact information on the course description page via Find Courses and Enroll.