The Distance Education program is designed to give you, the student, another option of receiving your classes. In the past, you were required to be on campus at a scheduled time to take your course. Thanks to advanced communication technologies, that is a thing of the past.
Available only for graduate education, the system allows you to receive your class material anytime anywhere that you can get an internet connection. It also allows you to download all of your material and take it with you, so you don't need to be connected to the internet all the time. Once a class is finished, you will always have access to all of your lectures and notes - even 10 years down the line. Your class becomes a reference library for you to access whenever you need it, not just during the semester you took it.
A Typical Class
The best way to describe it is to take you through a typical class:
- Course XXX is offered in the Fall semester of 2006 on Thursdays from 6:15pm-8:45pm. You as a student know that for whatever reason (travel, work, distance, family, etc.) can not attend the class on a regular basis; however, you want to finish your graduate degree without taking a semester off. You are the perfect candidate for distance education.
- Simply register for the DL1 section of Course XXX (if it is offered - not every class has a DL1 section). Doing this will not cost you any additional money than regular tuition. It will allow you to either a) Attend class live via the web, giving you the ability to watch and interact with the classroom on the night it is offered, OR b) Watch anytime at your leisure since the class is available on demand 24-7. Though you are not required to attend live, you are required to keep up with weekly assignments, so don't let too many days pass without watching that week's lecture.
- Assignments can be scanned and emailed to the professor, or faxed in. Each prof. has their own testing style which may include presentation, open-note, take home, or timed. In any case, the DE team will guide you though any questions or problems you have in submitting your work.
- By the end of the semester, you will have completed the same course at the same time as your fellow classmates, but without ever stepping foot on campus. In fact, you can complete your entire degree this way. The only time you may want to come to campus is for graduation, but we can mail your diploma to you if you want. Your diploma does not indicate that you completed your degree via "Distance Education". It is the same degree, same classes, same tuition as every other student. We believe all of our students are equal.