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Registration and Advising

SIS Course Registration Policy

The University, in its policies and procedures, distinguishes between students who attend classes in Knoxville using campus facilities and those who do not. For example, the fees paid by students vary according to whether or not they are registered as on campus students.

The School, working with individual instructors, sets caps or ceilings on enrollment in courses and sections to meet facilities and workload needs. Different course delivery methods require different resources.

Types of Course Delivery

The School of Information Sciences offers a “blended” curriculum designed to provide flexibility and breadth of experience to students enrolled locally and at a distance. While courses are offered in real-time, some are face-to-face and most are virtual. There are two types of courses: campus courses and virtual courses.

CAMPUS COURSES are typically taught during the day in a traditional classroom for students on the Knoxville campus. Information and instructional technology may or may not be used in the classroom.

These classes meet using online software, Zoom, to access and participate in the classroom at a distance. Students raise a virtual hand to get the instructor’s attention and speak into a microphone so that all students, wherever they are located, can participate equally in class activities.

SIS faculty is seasoned and comfortable using the software for online delivery of their courses, and students quickly become comfortable with this way to learn. A persuasive benefit of taking virtual classes is the opportunity to collaborate with students in other places. Students working as paraprofessionals in a local library system, for example, will have the opportunity to chat with classmates working in a library or information center in another state with different policies and procedures and different cultures. This form of faculty-student interaction approximates communication methods used in many information environments. Virtual classes also ensure that specialized elective courses are offered to all students. Faculty uses the features of software to encourage student participation, interaction, and a sense of community resulting in high quality discussions with a rich diversity of perspectives.

Academic Advising Policy

The Coordinator of Student Services assigns a SIS faculty member to serve as academic advisor for each new student upon enrollment. Assignments are based on a number of factors, including the student’s professional interests. Communication between the student and advisor is important for successful curricular planning and for building a lasting connection to the school.

While information about specific information professions and courses of study can be found in the Pathways created by SIS faculty, the Pathways should not be considered a substitute for advising.