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Distance and Online Learning (Credit)

Continuing Education helps professional educators and human service providers maintain their schedules by providing distance and online learning courses that fit their needs. These courses and programs may be offered through various modes: fully online, partially online, video conferencing, or correspondence.

Distance Education Programs: Distance education courses and programs are delivered using a range of distance learning technologies and methods. Distance delivery modes can be customized to fit the specific needs of our students, the faculty, and the course content. We also provide services to distance students, such as technology support and electronic access to library resources.

Online Course Offerings: Online courses are planned learning experiences on the internet so students can learn on their own time or at more convenient locations.

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Accessing Your Online Course

Portland State University uses a web-based course management system for online instruction.

STEP 1: For specific information on getting a PSU online account, recommended computer hardware and office software, configuring your computer, and tutorials, visit

STEP 2: If you have additional questions regarding technical requirements, please contact 503-725-HELP (4357) or 1-800-547-8887 ext 54357.

STEP 3: If after reviewing the instructions for logging on to your course you encounter problems you cannot resolve by consulting the online documentation or PSU's Help Desk, please call 503-725-4822 or email Be ready to provide your name, student ID number, the course name and number, and a detailed description of the problem you are encountering before calling or emailing.

Please note that you MAY NOT have access to your online course until after 8 a.m. on the official first day of classes for the term that you are registered. Attempts to log on to your course before that date will not be successful.