Defining “Distance Education”

Working (draft) definitions for Distance Education at the University of Arkansas, based upon conversations with instructional designers,  associate deans, institutional research, and the registrar

 

Face to Face
  • Face to face on campus
  • Face to face off campus (location defined by course)

Online

  • 100% online with required online synchronous interaction components (ex: some EDLE courses)
  • 100% online and asynchronous
  • 100% online and asynchronous but face-to-face proctored exams required (ex: some ESRM courses)
  • Primarily online with some face-to-face meetings required (ex: Managerial MBA)
    • 75% to 99% online with 4, 3, 2, or 1 required face-to-face meeting(s) – including face-to-face labs
    • 51% to 74% online with 8, 7, 6 or 5 required face-to-face meetings – including face-to-face labs
Correspondence
  • Paper-based correspondence with face-to-face proctored exams required
  • Paper-based correspondence with no proctored exams
  • Web-based correspondence with face-to-face proctored exams required
  • Web-based correspondence with no proctored exams required
Distance Education courses taught on-campus (delivered to other sites via technology) and/or courses taught off-campus (delivered to campus via technology) (ex: video-teleconference)
  • Classes with 100% delivered via distance technology
  • Classes with 75-99% delivered via distance technology
  • Classes with 51-74% delivered via distance technology
For more information on state authorization requirements, you may visit resources provided by WCET.*
*WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) is a division of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education