Distance Course Definition
In order for distance courses to be eligible for student financial aid & full-time status, they must meet the following University criteria, which are based upon federal regulation:
Distance education courses are delivered online via the internet, are instructor lead & instructor paced, & are designed to require regular & substantive interaction between students & the instructor & students & students, either asynchronously or synchronously, or through a combination of both asynchronous & synchronous interactions.
Distance education courses at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are designated as follows:
- ES (online class)
- EX (online class on-campus testing)
- EC (online contract class)
- EH (Advanced Scholars online class)
Our goal is to support a teaching and learning community of faculty and staff who develop and deliver distance education programs and online courses for high school, undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs.
In our planning and best practices sections, you can find information about:
- How to get started planning a program or a course
- The first steps you should take to transform a face-to-face class into an online class
- Who you should go to for help with program planning, instructional design consulting and technical assistance
- New technology tools
- Course assessments
- Managing your time and your course
- Professional development events targeted to distance education faculty
Online/Blended Faculty Earn Teaching Awards
Four faculty who teach online/blended courses for UNL received College Distinguished Teaching Awards in 2013. They are Lloyd Bell, James Griesen, Martha Horvay & Julia Torquati. College Distinguished Teaching Awards are $1,000 awards in recognition of consistent excellence in teaching.
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TLTE Wins University-Wide Award
Apr. 4, 2013–UNL's Dept. of Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education has been selected to receive the 2013 University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA) from the University of Nebraska. Among other things, the news release praises the department for expanding its online course offerings as well as "actively exploring opportunities to leverage technology to meet the needs of the 21st-century global economy." Read more >