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Online and Distance Education

Working a full-time job, having a family and a social life can be demanding. There are many ways students can take classes and eliminate the added inconvenience and demands of travel and classroom time. 

What is Distance Learning?

Education in which students take academic courses by accessing information and communicating with the instructor over a computer network. 

  • Print
  • Correspondence
  • Instructional television, videotape
  • Teleconferencing, audio/video conferencing and computer conferencing
  • Email and listservs
  • Internet
There are some advantages and disadvantages to distance-education courses. Distance education can provide an opportunity for you take a course independently, working around your own schedule at your own pace. However, it requires more self-discipline and planning and possibly less instructional support.

It is important that you consider these factors according to your own needs and abilities. It is a good idea to consult with your adviser and the course instructor before enrolling in any distance-education course or program.

Below you can find a few of the many distance-learning options available. The last link, the Online Degree Navigator, will give you many more choices to explore. 

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