Distance Education

The Program’s distance education program allows students on neighbor islands to take courses synchronously and asynchronously online. The LIS program is slowly developing its online offerings; however, this is being developed for students residing in Hawaii. Students need to check the current course schedule to identify any of these course delivery options and consult with their faculty advisors to gain course approval.

Information for Neighbor Island Students

LIS supports neighbor island students who wish to pursue the MLISc degree, but distance education requires an extremely high level of personal motivation and responsibility.  So that neighbor island LIS students know what their responsibilities are, the following is a list of program requirements:

Who to contact
Your faculty advisor: Questions you may have regarding your academic program of study in your degree program and approval for courses each semester. Examples: What courses would work well for your area of interest. Your faculty advisor was chosen for you according to your indicated area of interest in your statement of objectives in your application. You may change advisors as long as you obtain approval from the new advisor and you notify the LIS office.

The LIS Office: Administrative processes having to do with your degree program, registration information, Leave of Absence forms, or LIS Tuition Waivers.

Graduate Records Office: Located in Spalding Hall, this office oversees the operation of all graduate-degree programs on the Manoa campus. Some administrative work is processed directly out of this office, including the Intent to Graduate form.

Admissions and Records Office: Located in the Manoa Student Services Center, Admissions and Records handles all official address changes, transcript requests and Hawaii residency requirements for in-state tuition. Note: A & R is a very large office that handles the entire campus.

All incoming classified students must attend the LIS New Student Orientation held before the start of the semester. If students are unable to attend in person, they must contact the program chair so that accommodations can be made for the students to participate via Skype or Halawai (Adobe Connect).

All LIS students are required to have a UH email address (hawaii.edu), to inform LIS of their email address, and to check their UH email on a regular basis (at least once a week). Lack of a computer or difficulty in accessing computer facilities does not excuse students from checking their email. It is especially critical for Neighbor Island LIS students to have email access, so that they can obtain important information in a speedy manner. It is most strongly urged that Neighbor Island students purchase their own PCs and modems.

Faculty Advising
All classified students must confer with their faculty advisor each semester regarding their program of study. Continuing students communicate with their advisor as part of pre-registration, to obtain permission for courses they wish to take. LIS will not give course approval to classified LIS students unless they have communicated with their advisor and obtained permission first, as noted in their student files. This includes Neighbor Island students.

All students, including HITS students, must contact their faculty advisor for permission to take any courses that are to be counted toward their LIS degrees.

Summer Session classes: After obtaining permission from an advisor, students must register through the Outreach College Office. Students who did not register for a Manoa class in the preceding Spring semester are required to complete a (Summer Session) Outreach College Enrollment Information Form.

Fall and Spring semesters at Manoa: Students wishing to register for a Manoa campus class must inform the LIS Office as early as possible in the previous semester. Failure to do so in the previous semester will result in the Neighbor Island student not being allowed to register into the Manoa registration system.

Students who plan to graduate must complete the Intent to Graduate form during the first two weeks of that semester. The Intent to Graduate form is available from the Graduate Records Office in Spalding 352 (phone 956-8500). Students who fail to complete this form in a timely manner will not graduate in that semester.

Graduating LIS students who are required to take the oral comprehensive exam are required to participate in the Orientation either by attending in person in Oahu or watching a recording (via DVD, iTunesU, or Halawai) at the start of the semester. This is announced over lis-stu). Students may also take the exam in person on campus or online. If you take it via webcamera, you will need to find an MLISc graduate who can observe the exam. You are responsible for securing a proposed proctor and completing the application form. Oral exams are conducted on Fridays, and last one hour. Summer graduates must schedule and take their exam in the preceding Spring semester.