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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.

SIS recognizes our students' diverse needs. Please read more about our teaching and learning environment

The Student Services Coordinator monitors enrollment during the registration period to insure that students have registered for the appropriate sections. If a campus student has registered for a DE Only section, the student services coordinator will notify the student via email to switch to a campus or distributed course. The same applies for a distant student who registers for a campus section of a course when a DE section is also available.

Academic Advising

An advisor is assigned to each student admitted to the program. The information sharing that takes place between the student and advisor is important for the success of the student's curricular planning. The advisor approves the course of study, offers guidance about career opportunities, and assists students in preparing for placement in the profession. Students must complete the student planning form and submit it to their advisor in preparation for the advising session, which occurs before registration period, and which may be done in person, by phone, or by email.

SIS has a formal Academic Advising Policy. Please familiarize yourself with the protocol related to advising at SIS.