How Distance Education Works
A distance education (DE) course or program is one in which over 50 percent of the instruction is delivered via satellite, compressed video, Internet, or other electronic means. All courses/programs are subject to the same academic standards as those offered on campus. At TWU, DE courses are delivered predominately online and are classified as:
- Fully Online - delivered 85-100% electronically
- Hybrid - delivered more than 50% but less than 85% electronically
Be sure to thoroughly read all the details about an online class before you register for it to determine if it is fully online or hybrid.
Both online and televideo classes are extremely interactive. Classes offered online take place within Blackboard, our primary software program for online courses. Instructors use a course website for posting syllabi, lectures and assignments. Students participate in the class via discussion boards, e-mail, wikis, blogs, projects, group work, papers, tests, quizzes, and occasional synchronous chats.
Televideo classes take place at specified off-campus locations, usually on a weekly basis. Instructors and students communicate through a two-way video system, allowing them to participate in live class discussions.
Distance Education Course Costs
Distance Education courses cost exactly the same as on-campus classes. Your bill will vary semester to semester and from other student’s depending on your residency status and the level of the courses you sign-up for (lower-level, upper-level or graduate). For a list of all fees and their definitions, please visit the Office of the Bursar’s website.
A Successful Distance Learner
A successful distance learner is organized, self-motivated and able to work independently. Time management and good communication skills are also keys to success. It’s important that you check-in to your online class often and respond to class discussion. Keep in mind that DE courses are not necessarily easier; they are designed to be just as rigorous as face-to-face courses.
TWU Distance Learner Demographics
At TWU, you will study with non-traditional students in a supportive environment. Typically, most of TWU’s students who take only online courses are 22 years old or older. Many of our students juggle a career and family responsibilities on top of school, and they return to school at TWU after an extended break after high school or some college.
If You Are Unsure about CollegeIf you need help deciding if or how you can finish your degree, visit the My Degree Counts website. Here you will find helpful information and tools, as well as testimonials from other students who have returned to college to complete their degree.
SmarterMeasure is an online tool to provide you with information on your ability to succeed in distance education courses. Distance education courses are not any easier than traditional courses, are usually not self-paced and often contain more information than corresponding face-to-face courses. To be successful in distance courses, information about your personal strengths and weaknesses may be helpful. The purpose of SmarterMeasure is to help you learn more about skills and traits that have been shown to help students become successful in distance education. More about “SmarterMeasure”...
If you are planning to access TWU's online courses and resources, please review the minimum computer configurations recommendations. More about “Computer Requirements”...
As a result of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the United States Department of Education (USDOE) requires that institutions comply with any applicable state approval or licensure requirements in each state in which distance education instruction is delivered. More about “Student Complaint Process”...
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