Online Student Orientation

How to Search for Classes

Whether you're considering enrolling in an online course of study at West Chester University or have been accepted into a program with an online component, you will want to be able to explore which courses are offered in a "100% online" format. 

On our Online Offerings page, you can explore requirements by program or access the course catalogue to search for classes. Be sure to filter courses to "Search Distance Ed courses" using the left-hand navigation menu. 

Fall 2020/ Spring 2021 Registration

Please note that in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the university is currently operating remotely. Courses will be categoried into one of the following four delivery modalities:

  • Remote Synchronous- Fully remote course that offers days/times for the instructor and
    students to “meet” virtually.
  • Remote Asynchronous- Fully remote course that does not require students to engage on specific
    days/times. 
  • 100% Online- Fully online course that did not experience any changes with the move
    to remote learning for fall 2020 term. 
  • Hybrid- Courses that offer some in-person engagement. Student enrolled in hybrid course, have a Hybrid Class Selection section on their myWCU homepage where they may indicate their comfort engaging in-person. 

Introduction to Desire2Learn

West Chester University classes use Desire2Learn Brightspace (D2L) as our learning management system (LMS). Whether you're new to a LMS or used one at your previous institution, the following video will guide you to log into D2L for the first time and provide a pathway to other orientation materials. You will need your WCU login credentials (email and password) to access D2L. 

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Student Guides

Your online classes may require use of our third-party tech tools including:

  • Examity (proctoring software)
  • H5P (asynchronous learning review)
  • Poll Everywhere (student response system)
  • Proctorio (proctoring software)
  • VoiceThread (multimedia discussion board)

For an overview of each tool, as well as our student guide documents, please visit our Technical Requirements page. You can also contact the 

Office of Digital Learning and Innovation

directly, via email.

Student Services

If you're looking for information on university offices, such as the Registrar or Career Developmment Center, please visit our Student Resources page. 

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