Distance Education (DE) allows an individual to earn college credits, even entire degrees, from a conveniently located off-campus site. A variety of graduate certificate programs are also available. Courses offered online use Course Management Systems (CMS) to provide content and for communicating with students. Blackboard is a type of CMS that provides online discussion forums, links to outside websites, videos, podcasts, online testing,and a variety of multimedia resources.[Select a topic below to view the information.]
Working adults and others who are not able to travel to campus may find many advantages by enrolling in an online degree or certificate program. Advantages include reduction in travel expense, a study schedule based on an individual's work and family life, and reduced tuition rates that do not include on-campus health and recreation center fees. Although online programs may provide opportunities for distant learners and working adults, rigor and quality of courses are comparable to those offered through campus classes. Many students prefer learning online and report a more productive and enjoyable learning experience compared to traditional classroom courses. Prospective students may assess their own learning preferences through the self-evaluation resources provided below.
Online programs for the College of Education are designed to include a variety of interactive learning environments.