Audio teleconferencing instruction
Audio teleconferencing uses long-distance telephone lines and a centrally-located
bridge to link as many as 96 class sites at a time. A bridge operator at Lafayette
monitors each class and the equipment. Each site is equipped with speaker phones
and microphones so students and the instructor can talk to and hear each other.
Students typically view videotaped lectures at their own locations and then gather
to discuss the material via the telephone conference. Audio teleconferencing
courses generally require a total worldwide enrollment of 25 students for the class
to be held. These courses usually can be delivered to any location, provided that at
least three students are enrolled at each site.
Compressed video instruction
Compressed video is a technology that enables students at each site to see and
hear each other and their instructor. The system uses T-1 (dedicated) phone lines
to transmit both audio and video signals to selected sites. Signals are routed
through the our telecommunications office and broadcasted worldwide. Compressed
video courses usually can be delivered to any site, provided at least three students
are enrolled per site, with a total enrollment of 25 students.
Web-based courses, available exclusively via the Internet, are offered through
Online Credit Programs. The online courses are available "anytime, anyplace", but
they are semester-based and students generally need to be online in class a couple
of times each week throughout the semester. Learning online is interactive and
collaborative. Students and instructors share discoveries and materials throughout
each developmental step of the course, using online communication tools such as e-
mail, threaded discussions, document sharing, and live chat sessions.
Flexible enrollment instruction
Flexible enrollment (known as Correspondence Study) courses meet the needs of
site-bound students by offering a variety of independent study courses. These
courses offer flexibility with open enrollment throughout the year, self-paced study,
and nine months to complete each course.
Methods of Delivery