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ODU has been a pioneer in technology delivered distance learning since the mid-1980s.

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Old Dominion University, a public doctoral research institution with its main campus in Norfolk, Va., is a national leader in distance learning. ODU has been a pioneer in technology delivered distance learning since the mid-1980s.

Old Dominion’s original satellite delivery program, TELETECHNET, was launched in 1994 in partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to provide quality higher education to students at a distance, especially in areas with limited educational opportunities.

Historically, course delivery has been interactive television via satellite broadcast from the main campus in Norfolk, Va. to sites around the country. In recent years, we have expanded the use of other delivery modes to reach even more students. In Fall 2014, the satellite system was officially sunset, and all programs that were previously broadcast via satellite are now available online.

Our current distance learning network consists of nearly 50 locations throughout Virginia and as far as Arizona and Washington State, as well as on U.S. Navy ships deployed around the globe. This doesn’t count the many students taking online courses that let them learn when and where they choose.

ODU Distance Learning strives to provide quality educational environments, support systems, and technologies necessary for faculty and students to achieve their teaching and learning goals. To help achieve this, we:

  • Optimize the use of resources so as to improve efficiency, scalability, and sustainability
  • Serve our markets and constituents well
  • Establish and maintain partnerships that benefit faculty and students
  • Promote positive attitudes and experiences of students and faculty involved with distance learning activities
  • Positively impact the student learning outcomes of distance learning course and programs

With these goals in mind, we continue to evaluate and assess student, faculty, and institutional needs and make any adjustments necessary to continue to provide high-quality distance learning opportunities.

In 2010, the University's administration charged Distance Learning with expanding asynchronous online degree program offerings. With a new revenue share model approved that incentivizes departments and faculty to develop programs online, we now offer a wider variety of programs accessible to more students. More online programs are in various stages of planning and development.

Shifting enrollment patterns also provided an opportunity to evaluate space usage at our VCCS partner sites. Newly designed learning pods allow smaller spaces to be used more efficiently and in a variety of ways to best meet the needs of students.

Old Dominion’s commitment to quality results in satisfied students — 93% would recommend ODU Distance Learning to a friend, according to the 2012-2013 Senior Student Satisfaction Survey.

Student Demographics

Old Dominion’s distance learning network provides educational opportunities for many traditional and non-traditional students.

  • 63.3% are female
  • 36.7% are male
  • Over 60% work 30 or more hours a week on average
  • Nearly 50% have dependents at home

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Old Dominion Univeristy is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Old Dominion University.

The University's programs are also accredited by numerous specialized and professional accrediting agencies. Click here for a full list.

Southern Regional Electronic Campus

Old Dominion University is proud to be a partner of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus (SREB Electronic Campus). The Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board is an “electronic marketplace” for courses, programs and services. All courses and programs are offered by accredited colleges and universities in the SREB states and meet the Principles of Good Practice developed by the Electronic Campus.