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Distance learning plays a significant role in Purdue Universitys
instructional mission. Last year, 9,505 learners participated
in 132 West Lafayette-based distance learning programs in
which learners are separated from instructors by place or
time or both. These include credit and noncredit courses delivered
by satellite television, two-way videoconferencing, videotape,
the Internet, and correspondence. Learners include college
students, engineers, school administrators, pest control and
healthcare workers, and others. In accordance with Purdues
March 2000 "Strategic Plan for Distance Learning,"
distance learning programs are administered for the University
by the Center for Lifelong Learning in cooperation with the
academic units. CLL assists faculty in conceptualizing, developing,
delivering, and administering distance learning activities.
Programs to enhance faculty use of distance learning strategies
are offered by CLL and the Multimedia Instructional Development
Purdue participates with other Indiana colleges and universities
in the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS),
a statewide network that delivers distance learning. IHETS
Indiana College Network (ICN) makes the distance learning
programs of all Indiana institutions accessible to learners.
Last year, 265 Purdue students participated in ICN courses.
IHETS also sponsors distance learning development grants that
have provided Purdue faculty over $244,000 in support over
the past four years.
The number of distance learning credit courses offered by
Purdue faculty continues to increase each semester. Last year
the Commission for Higher Education approved the offering
of Purdues associate degree in veterinary technology
via the Internet; the entire 70-credit hour program is expected
to be online by fall 2003. In addition to formal distance
learning programs, Purdue faculty use distance learning strategies
to enhance over 800 on-campus courses.
Purdue facilities for video-based distance learning include
four electronic classroom studios. In addition, portable equipment
allows almost any campus classroom to be used for distance
learning. The CLL-operated Student Learning Center provides
facilities in which students may participate in distance learning
courses offered by Purdue and other institutions.
For more information about distance learning at Purdue, visit
Purdue Distance Learning in 2000-01
Purdue Degrees Delivered
by Distance Learning Technology
Associate of Science
Master of Science
Master of Science in Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical and Computer
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
Master of Business Administration
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy