Distance Education


The Program’s distance education services permit students on neighboring Hawaiian islands to attend courses synchronously (i.e., hybrid online/face-to-face) and asynchronously (i.e., entirely online).

Please note that the Program is unable to provide remote access to each semester’s complete course roster, thus a rotating selection of courses is available each semester in order to maximize our limited distance education resources. As such, neighbor island students are advised to enroll in required core courses when they are offered in hybrid (“Halawai”) or asynchronous (purely online) formats, as the courses may not be available again for several semesters. Because of these limitations, it may take neighbor island students slightly longer to complete the Program than if they were on-site students.

Distance Education students are required to have access to a reliable high-speed internet connection as well as a desktop or laptop computer with webcam, microphone, and an office suite (e.g., Microsoft Office, Apache OpenOffice, LibreOffice).

Because of time-zone differences, the nature of hybrid courses, and staffing/resource limitations, the Program does not accept out-of-state applicants who wish to complete the Program entirely online.

Services & Support

To better serve the needs of neighbor island students, the following services and resources are available. Students should be aware that distance education requires an extremely high level of personal motivation and responsibility; please contact the Program Coordinator or your advisor if you need additional support.

Whom 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.

LIS Program Coordinator: Administrative processes involving registration, graduation, petitions to add/drop after deadlines, course material requests, changing advisors, Leave of Absence forms, and other administrativia.

Course instructors: Neighbor island students must identify themselves to their course instructors prior to the start of the semester and make arrangements to receive any non-digital course materials and to identify local library resources that can be used to complete assignments.

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

Faculty Advising
An advisor will be assigned to you based on the information provided in your application materials, but students are free to switch advisors at any time. If you wish to select a new advisor, please contact the Program Coordinator for assistance.

Students consult with their advisor as part of pre-registration to obtain approval for those courses they wish to take in upcoming semesters. Faculty advisors can also help students select appropriate electives based on their interests.

Course Registration
Once you have consulted with your advisor to select courses for the upcoming semester, your advisor will submit an advising sheet to the Program Coordinator, who will enter the necessary course approval codes into the UH registration system and file the advising sheet in your student folder. Shortly before the course enrollment period, the Program Coordinator will email students individually with all necessary registration information.

Booklist information is available three weeks before classes begin at the UH Manoa campus bookstore website.

Books may be purchased via any online bookseller (e.g., Amazon, Barnes & Noble) or through the UH Manoa campus bookstore by one of the following options:

  • In person at the host campus bookstore
  • Order online at the UH Manoa campus bookstore website. When you order online, you will have the option of having the books mailed to your home or book pick-up at the UH Manoa campus bookstore. Book pick-up ordering available before Spring and Fall semester classes begin at specified times. Check bookstore website for information. Pick-up option will be removed from the website the Wednesday before school starts.
  • Order books through the UH Manoa Bookstore e-commerce Department at 1-800-UHBOOKS (1-800-842-6657). This option is for those unable to purchase online or travel to the UH Manoa campus bookstore. Orders received will be forwarded on to the respective campus’ bookstore for order processing. Please have your course information and your credit card available when you call.

Note: If ordering used textbooks from an online bookseller, be sure to choose an expedited shipping option, as many retailers ship “media mail,” which can take several weeks to reach Hawaii.

Assignment Submission
If an instructor requires printed copies of an assignment, neighbor island students may email a digital copy to the Program Coordinator for local printing; students must alert the course instructor that the Coordinator is printing the assignment on their behalf.

Assignments must be emailed at least two days before the due date so that the Program Coordinator can print and deliver all materials to the course instructor on time. It is the student’s responsibility to follow-up with the course instructor to verify that the assignment has been received on time.

Document Delivery
For copies of journal articles from the Hamilton or Sinclair library print collections that are not available online, please send the article citations to the Program Coordinator via email at least five days before they are required. The articles will be scanned and PDF copies sent to students via the UH Filedrop service. Please limit requests to a maximum of five articles per email.

If you require articles or books for your coursework that are not available in the Hamilton library print or online collections, submit an Interlibrary Loan (“ILL”) request per the instructions on the ILL website. When the item(s) arrive on Oahu and are ready for pickup, Hamilton library will send an email to you. Students must then send an email to libill@hawaii.edu or call 808-956-8568 and ask the ILL department to send the item(s) to a nearby UH system library, i.e., Kaua’i Community College, UH Hilo, or Maui College. Note: Molokai students should contact the Program Coordinator to make delivery arrangements.

Additional Resources
Neighbor island students should refer to the UH Distance Learning site for a list of local support services and resources available to them.

Students who plan to graduate must submit a Graduate Application for Degree form during the first two weeks of their final semester. Refer to the Graduation page for more information. Note that students who fail to complete this form by the deadline may not graduate on time.

Students who opt for the oral comprehensive exam are required to attend an orientation either by attending in person on Oahu or watching a recording at the start of the semester. Please refer to the Oral Exam page for more information regarding neighbor island students and the oral exam.