Distance Education

Distance Education Courses provide busy individuals - with work, family, and other responsibilities - the opportunity to pursue their education in a way that suit their busy lifestyles.  Below you will find the types of courses Delaware Tech offers and the skills and technology requirements necessary to participate in distance courses. We invite you to explore your options and then discuss with your Program Advisor which is best for you!

Federal law requires Delaware Technical and Community College (the “College”) to provide distance education students with contact information for filing complaints with the agency of the state in which the student resides and receives instruction.

Primary Course Classifications

Face to Face Courses
Face-to-Face courses require students to meet 90% to 100% of the time on campus or at a designated off-campus location. In a traditional face-to-face course, materials are delivered through lectures, interactive video/videoconferences, labs, clinical experiences, etc.

Web-Enhanced
Web-Enhanced courses require students to meet on campus for more than 50% of the scheduled classes. The remaining time will be spent by students accessing course materials, engaging in learning activities or interacting through the Delaware Tech learning management system. Students taking an enhanced course will need to meet the minimum student technology requirements.  

Hybrid
Hybrid courses require students to meet on campus for 50% or less of the scheduled classes. The remaining time will be spent by students accessing course materials, engaging in learning activities or interacting through the Delaware Tech learning management system. Students taking a hybrid course will need to meet the minimum student technology requirements.  

Online Courses
Online courses require that 100% of class meetings and course work occur online. Online courses are a learning option for independent, self-motivated students. They are of the same quality and rigor as on-campus courses. They are most appropriate if you are self-directed and have at least moderate computer skills. Students taking an online course will need to meet the minimum student technology requirements.

Additional Instructional Method Descriptions

Emporium
Students enrolled in "emporium" sections will meet with their instructors for one hour per week and will spend an additional three hours per week working in the math lab. Students in these sections will work at their own pace and have the option to complete more than one developmental course in a single semester.

Emporium with Lecture
Students enrolled in emporium with lecture sections will meet with their instructors for two hours per week and will spend an additional two hours per week working in the math lab. Students in these sections will receive mini-lectures on each module and will follow a predetermined pacing schedule to ensure course completion.

Minimum Student Technology Requirements

To enroll in a web-enhanced, hybrid, or online course you must have access to a computer with the following minimum hardware and software requirements.

Recommended Hardware

Students enrolling in a web-enhanced, hybrid, or online course must be skillful technology users. In order to be successful in the course, students must have the ability to:

  • Correspond with faculty, staff, and other students via email.
  • Connect and send email attachments proficiently.
  • Create, and save documents in Microsoft Office formats or equivalent.
  • Browse the Web, download utilities, install common plug-ins, and configuring common browser options.
  • Configure and run anti-virus software (updated regularly).
  • Navigate the Internet with a web browser.
  • Create files and folders.
  • A PC running a Microsoft Windows Operating System or Mac OS X with the operating system’s minimum requirements for processor, memory, and hard drive.
  • At least 10.0 GB of free hard-drive space
  • 16-bit or greater video card (24-bit preferred)
  • DVD-ROM drive or CD-ROM
  • Sound card with speakers
  • Headset with microphone may be required for some synchronous components of a course

Recommended Software

  • A Microsoft Windows® Operating System (XP, Vista, or Windows 7, Mac OS)
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or a more recent version or equivalent
  • A current antivirus and antispyware application that is updated regularly
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or a more recent version, or Firefox 3.013 or a more recent version
  • Adobe Reader 8.0 or a more recent version (free download)
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0 or a more recent version (free download)
  • Sun Java 2 SDK (Java 1.5) or a more recent version for PC (free download)
  • Classic Java (MRJ 2.2.5) or a more recent version for Mac (free download)

Internet/Email Access

  • An Internet service provider (ISP)
  • A dedicated, reliable 128 kbps or faster Internet connection (broadband)