Distance Education provides students educational opportunities outside of the regular classroom setting. Distance Education instructors and learners interact synchronously or asynchronously at a distance, employing technology to facilitate and/or enhance the educational experience. Distance learning responds to the needs and goals of students for flexible, accessible courses, programs, and certificates, and includes course offerings via methods of online instruction, blended learning, hybrid courses, interactive television classes, and through video conferencing equipment. Student support services, learning resources, technical, and administrative support are provided for all forms of distance learning. Students who participate in distance education courses are required to have computer and Internet access. Depending on the method of distance learning, students may be required to visit a center or campus. Before the start of an online course, students will be provided instructions on how to access the course within the universities’ learning management system, as well as information on other campus services. All newly-matriculated students participating in an online degree program/certificate will be required to participate in an Online Orientation.
Distance and E-Learning Instructional Modality Definitions Online Course Delivery: This term describes classes which are conducted completely online. It also is referred to as Asynchronous, because the participants and instructors in the class are separated by time and place. The class is conducted with online curriculum, discussions, and resources.
- Hybrid Course Delivery: Hybrid courses present most of the course learning online with some on campus instruction. The bulk of the learning takes place in an asynchronous online platform enriched by synchronous weekly, biweekly, or monthly meetings. This delivery method is intended for distance students, but may have a synchronous component including an on-site meeting time for students within proximity of the campus and/or a video conferencing to allow synchronous meeting times for away students. (Synchronous & Asynchronous Learning)
- Blended Course Delivery: Blended Learning describes courses that are presented mostly in a face-to-face setting and combine multiple approaches to learning. By use of synchronous and asynchronous elements, learning can be accomplished through the use of ‘blended’ virtual and physical resources, which can reduce “seat time” in the regular classroom. A typical example of this would be a combination of technology-based materials and face-to-face sessions used together to deliver instruction.
Blended Course Delivery can incorporate the use of collaborated lists, blogs, podcasting, virtual meetings, teleconferences and text messaging; methods that now are used by traditional teachers to enrich traditional classes. This delivery method is intended for students on campus.
ITV/Compressed Video Course Delivery: ITV (Interactive Television) and Compressed Video technologies are used to deliver course content to students located at sites and centers throughout the state. This is synchronous delivery and may include some web-based resources. ITV/Compressed Video Course Delivery - Equipment requirements may limit sites where students can access these courses.
Distance Education DEGREE Options
Associate of Arts in General Studies with a concentration in:
Associate of Arts in General Studies
Associate of Science in Information Security
Associate of Science in Allied Health
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Concentration in:
Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications - Information Security
Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Bachelor of Science in Rural Public Safety Administration
Distance Education CERTIFICATE Options