Distance and Distributed Education
Distributed Education is the new term used to describe alternative learning environments whereby faculty draw on appropriate technology to provide instruction outside 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.
Through its Distance and Distributed Education Center, the University offers credit classes 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 full or partial online 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 courses are currently delivered fully or partially online, through two-way live videoconferencing, or through a combination of these technologies.
A primary function of the Distance and Distributed Education Center is to provide support services and training for faculty members and students participating in these courses. The Center also provides opportunities for collaboration and research for those who manage and administer Distance and Distributed Education programs throughout the nation through its online academic journal, its online non-credit certificate program, and its annual conference. For more information about Distance or Distributed Education, please visit the Honors House, telephone 678-839-6248, or visit the University web site.