Student Guide

Tips for Online Learning ButtonThe University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students, faculty and staff. The Office of Online 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: Mon. - Fri., 8 am-4:30 pm

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Help / support for distance education students

While most students encounter very few difficulties with our distance courses, our team of support specialists is available to assist you as needed.

Local: 319-273-7740
Toll-free: 800-772-1746
For deaf or hard of hearing, use Relay 711
Support hours: Mon. - Thurs. - 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fridays - 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Office hours: Mon. - Fridays - 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m

Distance Education New Student Checklist

This checklist is designed to help new UNI students at a distance to familiarize themselves with UNI systems and support services. We highly recommend that students complete the checklist prior to the beginning of their first class.
Distance Education New Student Checklist

Tutorials and guides for eLearning and distance education

Visit the links on the left menu for videos, 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 LinkedIn Learning Online Training Library with more than 5,000 courses on a wide variety of topics. Learn what you want, when you want it.

University of Northern Iowa COVID-19 Information

A comprehensive set of resources related to the university's response to COVID-19 have been developed and compiled at