King's University
2003-04
Distance learning opportunities available through King's University are designed to meet
the varied educational needs of a broad range of students using a mix of methods and
technologies. You should consider what delivery methods are best suited to your
individual educational needs and learning style.

For example, if you need the flexibility to work at odd hours and enjoy using your
computer to interact with others electronically, then asynchronous online courses may
work well for you. If you are interested in regular feedback and discussion, you should
seek out offerings that will afford the greatest opportunity to interact with faculty and
other students, such as courses delivered over the Internet or via interactive television.

A good distance learning program should adhere to the same academic standards as the
institution's traditional courses and programs. The institution should provide students with
complete information regarding: the course and degree requirements, the nature of
faculty/student interaction, assumptions about technological competence and skills,
technical equipment requirements, and any difference between on-campus and distance
learning tuition and fee charges. Students should also expect equivalent access to
academic and administrative support services, such as library and learning resources,
advisement and counseling, registration, financial aid resources, and other appropriate
services.

Distance learning offerings that provide for discussion groups and other opportunities for
participants to share ideas and learn from each other further enrich the academic
experience, as does timely interaction with faculty. In most cases, distance education is
learner-centered, with faculty functioning as a facilitator or moderator rather than a
lecturer. It is a mistake, however, to think that distance learning will be easier than
learning in conventional classes; you may find it requires more work, and it certainly
requires self-discipline.

Enjoy your experience with distance learning. It will not replace the traditional classroom
setting, but it provides extraordinary opportunities for students, particularly those
constrained by time or location.