Get Started Online


  • Prior to classes beginning you will receive additional information about getting started in your online class.
  • Ensure that you have the required hardware and software for your online course.
  • Determine the online learning environment for your course. This environment consists of a learning management system (LMS) that provides online access to your course syllabus, schedule, assignments, discussion board, and grades. The University of Illinois currently supports Illinois Compass 2G and Moodle, depending upon your specific situation. In addition to your LMS, your online learning environment may also include one or more tools for blogging, wiki authoring, or web conferencing.
  • Locate and visit your program Student Academic Resource Tool (StART) page for essential program-specific information from the list below.

Agricultural Education
Crop Sciences
Environmental Sustainability
School of Earth, Society, and Environment
Food Science & Human Nutrition
Health Communication Online Masters Program
Master of Science in Teaching of Biological Science
Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
School of Social Work
Translation and Interpreting

Course-related questions

If you need help with an assignment or have a course-related question, please contact your instructor. If your course has a Course Q & A discussion forum within it, post your question there as your fellow students may also be able to assist you. Contact Us should you have additional questions.