Distance Learning in general can be defined as the formal dissemination of instructive curricula which is not dependent upon time or place via the use of multiple delivery options such as audio, video, multimedia communications and computer technologies.
Distance Learning classes are equivalent to traditional classes in terms of objectives, content and transfer of credit. Students must meet stated prerequisites where applicable, and adhere to assignment/project deadlines.
Students must be motivated, disciplined and organized to succeed in a distance learning course.
Students may not have the necessary hardware or software required for a distance learning course; unforeseen malfunction of computer equipment (computers, printers, etc.).
Face-to-face contact with an instructor is virtually non-existent. Communication is generally done via email, which may not trigger an immediate response.
Students register for distance learning courses in the same way that they register for all credit courses -- through the Registrar's Office. Tuition is the same, but an additional technology fee is assessed to CCEC Distance Learning classes.
The Video Production Facility at UNF provides students with the highest quality 'e-Learning' experience possible. These students have the benefit of flexible class scheduling, and may access video lectures whenever, and as often as they like. Delivering this type of quality, on-demand technology is expensive. Although an additional fee is applied to cover operational, consumable, and administrative costs, the fee is only a partial recovery of our total expenses.
Due to the limited face-to-face interaction, most communication is facilitated via telephone, email, or discussion boards. Refer to the course syllabus for your instructor's contact information and office hours.