What is Distance Learning?
Simple stated distance education is instruction that occurs when the instructor and student are separated by distance or time, or both. Distance learning is a process that extends learning or the delivery of instruction to locations away from the physical location of the instructor and beyond the time constraints of the class period. Distance learning provides a more flexible approach to learning. Instruction is delivered using video, audio, computer, multimedia communications, or some combination of these with other traditional delivery methods.
Many courses at Calumet College of St. Joseph are supplemented with online instruction through Blackboard. Other courses are delivered solely online.
Note to Students:
Students participating in distance learning opportunities need to possess basic knowledge and skill in Internet applications (e.g., web navigation, email), windows multi-tasking and navigation and word processing. Usage of Microsoft Office Suite applications for assignments and correspondence with the instructor is encouraged to assure compatibility with the instructors' computers.
Minimum Computer Requirements for Distance Learning Participation
Pentium II processor or higher is recommended
Windows XP with Internet Explorer 6.0 or with Firefox 1.5
Windows 2000 with Internet Explorer 6.0 or with Firefox 1.5
Macintosh 10.2 / 10.3 / 10.4 with default version of Safari or with Firefox 1.5
Macromedia Flash Player 8
The security settings for the browser should be set to "low"
The popup blocker settings for the browser must always be set to turn off popup blocker
Optimal screen resolution to view the course is 1152 by 864 pixels
It is recommended that you use a 256 kbps or faster broadband Internet connection
Software Requirements: Download plug-INS, players and viewers. Be sure you have the right technology at your fingertips. This includes a Web browser and appropriate plug-ins. View the information on the College website at http://www.ccsj.edu/computserv/downloads.html
Links for Students
How to Succeed in Distance Learning Courses
Links for Instructors
Copyright Guidelines at CCSJ
United States Copyright Office
United States Distance Learning Association
Distance Learning at a Glance (U. of Idaho)
American Distance Education Consortium
The Teach Act, Copyright Clearance Center
American Library Association
Online Classroom, October 2005 Issue