Winter Session to be held Dec. 27–Jan. 16

Now in its third year, Winter Session 2017–18 will offer students 30 online courses including several high demand courses that fulfill general education requirements.

Last year over 900 UMaine students completed a Winter Session course — an increase of nearly 40 percent over the previous year. As of Dec. 4, over 1,200 UMaine students were registered for this year’s Winter Session — a more than 30 percent increase over the same time last year.

Participation in Winter Session is critical to the Think 30 initiative, which is designed to encourage undergraduate students to complete 30 or more credits per academic year by taking advantage of courses that are offered year-round, both on campus and online.

Winter Session spans three weeks — Dec. 27–Jan. 16 — which makes it a demanding and intense learning experience for students. UMaine academic advisers work closely with students who take a Winter Session course. The Division of Lifelong Learning also is organizing academic support resources, including online tutoring and technology support for students during Winter Session. Information about these resources will soon be available on the Winter Session Support page. Tips for succeeding in a three-week online course format were shared with students in the first email announcement for the Winter Session.

Teaching in a three-week online format is challenging, as well. The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) has offered faculty development workshops focused on instructional tools and strategies for success in the three-week online course format.

More information is available on the Winter Session website or by contacting Khusro Kidwai, associate dean, Division of Lifelong Learning, 581.2616.