Semester Online

Semester Online

For the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 terms SMU participated in Semester Online, a program that offered SMU undergraduate students online undergraduate courses for SMU credit through a consortium of top-tier colleges and universities. SMU is not participating in Semester Online for Summer 2014, and Semester Online will cease operating at the end of the Summer 2014.

SMU was a Charter Affiliate Member of Semester Online, a consortium comprised of Baylor University, Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Temple University, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University and Washington University in St Louis.

The Semester Online schools offered undergraduate courses online for academic credit. The courses were vetted by SMU academic departments and assigned SMU course designations. Qualifying SMU undergraduate students had the opportunity to take a Semester Online course for SMU academic credit as part of their term course load. The Semester Online course appears on the SMU academic record with a SMU course subject and number, and a note that it was completed through the Semester Online program and taught by the school which offered the course. The course grade is calculated into the SMU GPA the same as any other SMU course. An academic record for the enrollment is also kept by the school who taught the course.

The Semester Online courses had both “synchronous” regular meeting times and “asynchronous” out of class requirements modes of online instruction through a virtual, interactive classroom environment.

Semester Online courses had the same faculty and curricula as their brick-and-mortar counterpart courses at the offering institutions adapted for instruction through new delivery methods. Students experienced a state-of-the-art virtual classroom, including live class sessions that connected students from other top universities and professors from the consortium member schools; compelling, richly produced, course materials; and a social network that allowed students to collaborate and build relationships online.


The following Semester Online courses were enrolled in by SMU students.

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