Distance and Distributed Education
Distributed Education is the term used to describe alternative learning environments whereby faculty draw on appropriate technology to provide instruction outside of the traditional classroom. The distributed model can be used in combination with traditional classroom-based courses or it can be used to create distance education courses, in which most learning occurs independent of time and/or place. In the University System of Georgia, if more than 50 percent of instruction in a course is delivered via distance technologies, it is classified as a Distance Education course.
The University offers credit classes and degree programs to students at times and locations outside of the traditional classroom. The University of West Georgia was one of the first institutions in the University System of Georgia to offer partially, fully or entirely at a distance credit courses, courses which utilize the internet to deliver course materials and assignments, and to facilitate discussion and other appropriate interactions. Distance or Distributed credit offerings are currently delivered partially, fully or entirely at a distance, through two-way live videoconferencing, or through a combination of these technologies. They are primarily delivered online through CourseDen (http://westga.view.usg.edu). Online degree offerings, services and information for online students, and additional details are available at UWG Online (http://uwgonline.westga.edu).
External Degree Program at Georgia Highlands College
Beginning in fall 2015, the Early Childhood Education program will no longer be offered on the Georgia Highlands campus in Rome. Increasing costs and decreasing enrollments have necessitated this decision. Candidates enrolled in the ECE program will take courses on the Carrollton campus, but may be placed in Floyd and Polk counties for field experiences.