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St. Ambrose University offers a variety of courses that can be taken from the convenience of your home or anywhere in the world. 

Distance education classes at St. Ambrose University meet in either a synchronous or asynchronous online environment. Some courses are also offered alternatively as a hybrid which is a combination face-to-face and online delivery. Courses have schedule assignments and exams, but may differ in presentation and technical requirements, such as Elluminate Live.

As you participate in your virtual classroom, instructors and support staff are available to assist you in every way possible. For course material questions please contact your instructor. For Blackboard questions please email Center for Instructional Design and Technology at For password information for email and Beeline or other technical questions, email Information Technology at or call 563-333-6368. The Student Success Center will be able to assist with any tutoring or academic support.

Visit our Admissions page to see which Ambrose path is right for you. Find courses that are online, hybrid, or traditional by visiting Beeline and Search for Sections that are available. 

Online Course - Students access all fundamental and/or supplemental course materials (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, handouts, research journals, articles, and notes) online. Students work in community online as they interact with one another and with the professor via discussion boards, group projects, email, and other online approaches that foster communication and cooperation. Some online courses may be taught in a synchronized environment via Elluminate which requires mandatory online class meeting times

Hybrid Course - This approach combines traditional face-to-face classroom instruction and online instruction.

Synchronous - A type of online course where classes have a scheduled meeting time each week in which students must virtually attend.

Asynchronous A type of online classes that do not require students to meet a specified time. Typically, students will still be required to meet certain deadlines for assignments and exams.

Blackboard - This is the online learning management system platform that is used by St. Ambrose University for learners to participate in Distance Education classes. Blackboard is designed to be user friendly and there is additional support from the Center for Instructional Design and Technology. CIDT can be contacted by emailing

Elluminate - This video conferencing software is a component of Blackboard. To use this program, most teachers require a USB microphone and a webcam. Java needs to be installed on your computer to allow the software to work. Java is a free program that you can download to your computer in minutes from

Internet - It is important that Distance Education students are comfortable using the internet to access information for their online classes. This includes surfing, researching, uploading, and downloading files using the World Wide Web.

Whats Next

Check out monthly workshops offered by CIDT on new technology.