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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 Academic Advisor which is best for you!

Primary Course Classifications:

Face to Face Courses (F2F)

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 (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 (HYB)

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 (OLN)

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.  

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.
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
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)