Distance learning, where the majority of teaching and learning activities occurs away from the classroom site via the use of technology, is becoming an integral part of the University’s 21st century approach to meeting diverse educational needs of students.
The University’s first distance learning program dates back to 1984 when the College of Applied Science pioneered the Open Learning Fire Science program, in conjunction with the National Fire Academy, to help firefighters advance their careers. Since then, the program’s early correspondence format has evolved and now includes use of the internet to facilitate teaching and learning activities in the Associate and Bachelor programs in Fire Science Technology. Colleges serving non-traditional, adult learners were also early adopters of distance delivery formats, offering a range of “telecourses” that combined independent study via video broadcasts and video tape with periodic face-to-face meetings.
Today, 12 UC colleges provide distance learning options including degree programs, certificates and course offerings. The prominent format is online, where 100% of teaching and learning activities occur asynchronously via the internet.
Consistent with State and national trends, the number of students choosing distance learning options at UC continues to grow. To learn more about current enrollment in UC's distance learning programs, see Student Fact Book.