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AlcoholEdu is an online course that educates students about the impacts of alcohol and provides them with the information they need to make healthy decisions. Deadlines can be found on the webpage.
Who is expected to complete AlcoholEdu?
- All incoming undergraduate students (including first-year and transfer)
- All students returning to live in University Residence Halls
AlcoholEdu consists of two parts, both of which must be completed. All responses are strictly confidential; UW-Madison will only receive data about the student body as a whole. We will NEVER see YOUR individual answers.
To Begin AlcoholEdu:
- Go to learnuw.wisc.edu/ and sign on with your NetID and password.
- Select the Courses tab
- Click on AlcoholEdu to access the course.
- On the registration page you may be asked for additional information to complete the creation of your account. You will not need to create an additional username or password.
- You may login and out of the course at the end of each section. Section ends are marked with a “Next” button.
- *Important!* Do not log out until you click the “Next” button or you will have to repeat the section you have just gone through.
- To log back into your account, always access AlcoholEdu from learnuw.wisc.edu/ and follow steps 2 and 3.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why am I being asked to take this course?
I don’t drink; do I still need to complete AlcoholEdu?AlcoholEdu delivers an effective means for helping students practice safe and healthy choices. It also provides participants with a common baseline of knowledge and awareness of alcohol issues, and strengthens a shared set of campus norms and expectations around alcohol use.
I am a transfer student and/or I’m a returning student living in housing--do I need to complete AlcoholEdu?Yes. Whether or not you drink, you will very likely encounter other students who drink or talk about drinking while at UW-Madison. The course provides information about coping with others' drinking behavior as well as responding effectively in situations where others are at risk of alcohol-related harm (e.g. alcohol poisoning, potential drinking and driving). If you do not drink, the material you receive will provide specific information tailored to your choice.
Yes. Even though you may be of legal drinking age or have already considered your drinking behaviors, we expect you to complete the program because:
You may learn from the program or rethink some of your attitudes and behaviors about alcohol;
Your academics and social life may be affected by students whose drinking attitudes are less well-established than yours;
As a new or returning student, you are responsible, as we all are, for helping maintain the health and safety of our campus.
I'm a transfer student and I already completed AlcoholEdu for my other college. Do I need to complete it again?
Yes. Even if you have completed AlcoholEdu at a previous instution, you will need to complete it again for UW-Madison.
I’m already 21—do I have to take the course?
If you are an incoming undergraduate (first-year or transfer) or if you are returning and will live in University Residence Halls, you are expected to complete the course. AlcoholEdu provides information about coping with others' drinking behavior as well as responding effectively in situations where others are at risk of alcohol-related harm (e.g. alcohol poisoning, potential drinking and driving)
My religious beliefs forbid alcohol use. Why do I have to do this?
One of the purposes of the program is to provide the entire incoming class with a shared baseline of knowledge and awareness of alcohol issues, and to strengthen a shared set of campus norms and expectations around alcohol use.
Even if you cannot drink, it's very likely that during your college experience you will know others who do. Alcohol use could be a topic of discussion among classmates; the program includes material on managing peer pressure and what to do if one of your classmates drinks to the point of medical emergency.
Do I need to take the entire program at once?
No. You may log in and out of the course at the end of each section. Section ends are marked with a "Next" button. DO NOT log out until you click the "Next" button or you will have to repeat the section you have just gone through.
Note: Once you start the exam however, you need to complete it in one sitting. If you log out during the exam, the program will assume you are complete and will assign a grade.
Can I get in trouble for my answers on the surveys?
All individual answers are kept confidential and we are unable to see how individual students answer each question. UW-Madison will be able to see the collective data of the student body, but not specific responses.
Students will NOT be penalized for any answers on the survey portion of AlcoholEdu.
What happens if I do not pass the exam?
You will need to retake the exam until you receive a passing grade of 75%. Part 1 is only completed after you have received a passing grade.
I missed the deadline—what do I do?
I don’t have reliable internet access. What do I do?
If you having trouble completing the program for non-technical reasons or because internet access is spotty, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-265-4163.
I'm having trouble logging into the program. What should I do?
I'm the parent of a student required to take the program and my student won't have computer access this summer. May I take the program for my student?
No, students must take the program themselves. If students will not have computer access before the part one deadline, please contact email@example.com for options
How do I access the AlcoholEdu for Parents and Guardians version?
-Under "New User" enter the following login ID: P240444PARENT-You may log in and out of the course at the end of each section. Section ends are marked with a "Next" button. DO NOT log out until you click the "Next" button or you will have to repeat the section you have just gone through.-The program includes suggestions on ways to start conversations about alcohol (15 minutes); an overview of the course and key concepts (5 minutes); direct access to the actual course in a user-friendly format (1.5-2.5 hours); helpful resources such as tips on talking to college students about alcohol, fact sheets on alcohol's effects, how alcohol may impair learning and memory, etc.-Should you experience any difficulties or require support, click the "Technical Help" button located in the upper right-hand corner of every AlcoholEdu course screen. You do not need to be logged on to the course to access the Help site.
I would like to speak to someone at UW-Madison regarding the program. Who should I contact?