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Distance Learning

As an alternative to a traditional four-year program of study, many students complete an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in a community college and finish the last two years of baccalaureate study either on campus or through the Old Dominion University TELETECHNET System.

For career and family bound students who are not able to come to the main campus to complete their degree, the ODU TELETECHNET system, a national leader in distance learning, provides an alternative. Through this system, courses are delivered to sites at industry locations and community colleges in Virginia, across the nation and directly to students at home or in the work place. The TELETECHNET system is unique in that our distance students participate in the same classes as our on-campus students.

Delivery Methods

The Engineering Technology Department participates in three primary distance learning course delivery methods:

  • If you are near one of our fifty TELETECHNET sites, satellite links allow you to participate in live classes by interactive television and two-way voice connections.
  • Video Streaming (VS) and Online courses allow students on high - speed Internet connections at home or at work to participate in live or receive archived classes.
  • CD-ROM / DVD instruction method is used to provide supporting information related to distance learning lectures delivered by satellite or streaming video.

The Center for Learning Technologies provides a brief overview of the video streaming method in a narrated VS Orientation.

When students miss class due to travel or business, these methods allow taped or digitized copies of class to be available at a later time. In all cases, distance students maintain close interaction with faculty by a number of means including blackboard, telephone, email, and Internet bulletin boards / study sessions.

Using either of these delivery methods in the TELETECHNET System, it is possible for distance students to complete the technical content of the BS in ET in three years from AAS completion depending on the semester load taken.