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About Distance Learning

What Is Distance Learning

Distance learning provides you an opportunity for higher education even if you are constrained by factors preventing your on-campus participation. Through a network of various technologies such as Interactive Video (ITV) and the internet you and your instructors can interact at a distance without having to be physically present in the same location. This gives you greater flexibility in achieving your educational goals.

How Does It Work?

Interactive Video (ITV) – ITV allows you to take a course from one location while the instructor teaches from another. Class meetings are held at a specific time and place (synchronous). Both instructor and students can see and hear each other, simulating a face-to-face class environment. In most ITV courses, there will be an online component for outside class communication, material distribution and assignments.

Online – The Internet allows you to take a course from home using a personal computer. Depending on the online course, you may be required to log in at a specific day and time (synchronous) or at any time (asynchronous). Familiarity with using a computer and basic online skills are required. You should have access to a computer connected to the internet. Computer requirements vary with each course. Check with your instructor for specific computer requirements.

Is Distance Learning For You?

Although distance learning is not for everyone, it does provide you greater flexibility and gives you more control over your own learning. Your successful completion will depend upon your own self-discipline and commitment to the course or program. In general, a successful distance learner is someone who:

  • Gets organized and stays organized
  • Reads and follows written directions
  • Learns effectively outside of the traditional face-to-face classroom
  • Keeps participating in a course that does not require regular face-to-face or in class attendance
  • Functions well with receiving input and feedback that is asynchronous (not immediate)
  • Has basic knowledge of computers and the Internet
  • Is able to troubleshoot technical difficulties
  • Communicates effectively, efficiently, and politely in writing (email and discussion posts)
  • Asks questions to clarify and answers questions of other students
  • Jumps in and participates in discussions without needing an invitation

If you would like to test your ability to become a successful distance learning student, take the Self Assessment Quiz.

What Programs Are Available?

We offer a rich array of quality educational programs through distance learning. These programs are offered in partnership with other UH campuses. You may Download or view a PDF version of our degree listing for programs offered via distance.