Services & support for distance learners

The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students, faculty and staff. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education is your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services.


General questions about distance education, courses and programs, registration, textbooks, payment options, etc.Local: 319-273-2121 Toll-free: 800-648-3864
For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am–5 pm

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Technical support for distance education studentsWhile most students encounter very few technical difficulties with our distance courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.

Local: 319-273-7740 Toll-free: 800-648-3864
For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711
Support hours: Mon-Thurs - 8 am–9 pm; Fridays 8 am–5 pm

On-campus summer workshops/coursesAre you joining us on the UNI campus for a summer workshop or course? Please see our Campus Computing Guide for Workshop Participants to learn how you can access UNI's wireless network, the student computer centers and more.

Tutorials and guides for eLearning and distance educationVideos, text and pdfs to guide you as a UNI Panther at a distance, including checking your grades, viewing/paying your u-bill, forwarding your UNI email and more!

Enrolled UNI students also have access to the Online Training Library with more than 66,000 video tutorials on a wide variety of topics. Learn what you want, when you want it.

CatID Login GuideGuide to help you understand the online services available to you as a University of Northern Iowa student.

eLearning @ UNIUNI's course management system for offering online and blended courses that provides access to course content, including the syllabus, calendar, email, discussions, assessments and information about grades.

MyUniverseYour personal portal to the University of Northern Iowa. From a single, personalized page, you can check grades, forward your UNI email to another address, update your personal information and more.

Rod Library Services for Distance LearnersAccess both print and online resources through the comprehensive services offered by UNI's Rod Library. Library Services Guide for Distance Learners (pdf)

TextbooksEach semester, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education provides distance education students with details about textbooks used in distance education courses. Most can be obtained from University Book and Supply.

Graduate Student Online OrientationWhether you are considering a graduate degree via distance education or you have been admitted to one of our programs, you'll find helpful information from the UNI Graduate College about the steps involved from admission to graduation.

Program AdvisingIf you are pursuing a degree, endorsement or certificate program at a distance, a program coordinator will work with you to answer questions and keep you on the right track.

Resources for Non-traditional StudentsFind useful information and resources especially for non-traditional students.

Financial Aid Office Consult with the experts in UNI's Office of Financial Aid regarding your questions about requirements and eligibility. Specific information available for distance and off-campus students.

Additional Services

Student Disability Services
Transcripts - Registrar's Office
Academic Advising (for students who are deciding, changing majors, etc.)
Academic Learning Center and Tutoring Services (pdf), including Skype tutoring for distance students
Career Services
Third party accounts (share your records - u-bill, grades, etc.)
Teacher Licensure Information (from the UNI Registrar)
UNI Calendar of Events
UNI Campus Map
Commencement Information
Alumni Association
UNI Museums
UNI's Lifelong University