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Number of ODU's Online Degree Program Offerings Expected to Rise

Within the next 18 months, Old Dominion University will increase the number of its online degree programs, making asynchronous learning available to more students across the globe. At the March 2 Provost Council retreat on distance learning, ODU's Office of Distance Learning was asked to move forward with an expansion of asynchronous online degree program offerings.

"Distance Learning at ODU plans to continue and modernize its long-established partnership (known as Teletechnet) with the Virginia Community College System as it expands the availability of online degree programs. This type of expansion is an important strategy for strengthening Old Dominion into the future," said Andy Casiello, interim associate vice president for distance learning.

Since the mid-1990s, ODU students have been offered courses at a distance, at first by closed-circuit television, and in more recent years via satellite to remote sites (often community college classrooms) and via personal computer. Courses specifically designed for online delivery have been offered for nearly 10 years, and today several different ODU graduate programs are available entirely online.

The comprehensive new plan calls for the development and completion of 10 new online degree programs across a variety of disciplines.

Using the delivery technologies currently available (from courses offered via satellite at remote sites, to online courses, to those newly available via iPhone) to conveniently and effectively provide instruction to ODU's diverse student population, the university's Office of Distance Learning is now working to move further into the burgeoning virtual environment.

"Old Dominion University is in an unusually strong position to adapt quickly to higher education's fast-changing technological environment, thanks to its rich history in distance learning, talented and enthusiastic faculty and staff, and cutting-edge facilities," noted Provost Carol Simpson.

For more information about distance learning programs at ODU, visit www.dl.odu.edu.

This article was posted on: April 1, 2010

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