The purpose of this site is to acquaint students with online learning, help them gauge their readiness for success, and connect them with support to make the most of their online learning experience at William Paterson University.

Benefits of Online Learning

  • Convenience and flexibility to suit busy schedules
  • Materials are online and available 24/7
  • Quality of online courses is the same as on-campus courses
  • No trips to campus, traffic, or parking headaches


Online courses are delivered through Blackboard, William Paterson University's Learning Management System. Login to  WPconnect, then click on the Blackboard button in the upper right corner, or go to

Chrome is the recommended browser for Blackboard.  Visit Blackboard's Browser Check to make sure that your version of Chrome is current and compatible.

Help using Blackboard is available at the ITwiki page Blackboard for Students. If you have further questions, Open an IT Ticket and choose the Blackboard ticket type.

Technology Requirements

While you can access course materials on any internet-connected device such as your smartphone or a tablet, be aware that you need to own or have reliable access to a desktop or laptop to complete the course. Additionally, you need a stable internet connection at home or in another easily accessible location.