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How It Works

ODU Distance Learning can be a wonderful alternative for students without time or options to get to main campus.

Learning Online with a computerLearning Online

This involves learning experiences delivered through the web or by portable media. By using virtual classrooms and digital collaboration, ODU online learning gives you the education you want while fitting the lifestyle you have.
 

Online Asynchronous

You access course material online from any location and complete coursework at your own pace (some same-time activity may be included). Each course has been developed by experienced faculty and an instructional design team to provide you the best learning experience possible in a structured online environment.

Courses are accessed through ODU’s learning management system, requiring little to no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings.

You can communicate with students and faculty using various tools, such as e-mail and/or discussion boards.

Course content is organized into learning modules with defined learning objectives and assignments.

While you can complete course work at your own pace, assignments and exams are scheduled.

Specifics

  • A web cam and audio headset or speakers may be required for live events or activities during the course.
  • High-speed internet is required.
  • Flash plug-ins may be required.
  • Compatible with PC, Mac, and iOS devices.

Online Asynchronous Course Example

 

Online Synchronous or Web Conferencing

You access class online during the live broadcast, sometimes using Adobe Connect. The web conference can include a combination of 2-way chat, audio, or video.

A growing number of programs and courses are available from ODU online using Adobe Connect web conferencing. You access a class session at a designated time with a provided course URL.

Faculty may choose to use audio only, or audio with video. Students can chat and text with one another and/or the faculty.

Specifics

  • A web cam and audio headset or speakers and microphone are required.
  • High-speed internet is required.
  • Flash plug-ins may be required.
  • The system is compatible with PC, Mac, and iOS devices.
  • The instructor creates the URL (web site address) and emails it to your ODU email account prior to the start of class.

Getting Started in Web Conference Courses

 

2-way desktop video conferencing (synchronous)

You participate in a class from any location with students from several other locations using two-way video and audio. The instructor is located at an origination location, usually on-campus, that is broadcast to students via the web.

You access a class online at the designated time of the live class session. The live class session can include students from up to 24 extended campus locations, as well as students taking the course from their desktop computers.

Specifics

  • A web cam and audio headset or speakers and microphone are required.
  • High-speed internet is required.
  • System is currently compatible with PC, Mac, and iPad.
  • We will provide a web site address to get the software needed to run the class. Once you have the address to access the software and you have installed it onto your PC, you are required to contact us to test the system prior to the start of class.
  • You will also need a web site address for the class. This will be provided once you have completed the software test.
  • Technical assistance is always available. Contact the Office of Distance Learning’s Technical Support team for assistance by calling 1-800-462-0959 (toll-free) or emailing atstechsupport@odu.edu.

 

Video Stream

You view and participate in live broadcast classes online over a high-speed Internet connection from any location with this access.

A video stream course consists of synchronous, scheduled classes that meet regularly as part of a virtual class offered to students at extended campus locations. While you participate in the class online, other students participate either online or from one of up to 24 extended campus locations in classrooms using one-way video and two-way audio.

The instructor is located at an origination location, usually on-campus, that is broadcast to all extended campus classroom locations and online via video stream. You use a specially designed web interface to see, hear, and communicate with the instructor and other students during the class sessions.

Specifics

  • Because of the way online environments buffer the video stream, there is a 10-30 second delay after something is said. Therefore, if you text a question to the instructor, there may be a slight delay in getting a response.
  • High-speed internet is required. The quality of your experience is impacted by the quality of your internet service provider. If during a streaming session you lose the live stream, hit the refresh button in the browser to reload the stream.
  • Our system is compatible with PC, Mac, and iOS devices.
  • An ODU Online Midas Account (login and password) and an ODU student email account are required to access the course using streaming.
  • You are required to test your computer system. This test includes a browser check, Quicktime availability and system speed.
  • There is a video tutorial to help you understand how the interface works, where you log in, how to chat (student-to-student), how to text questions to your instructor, and how to find archived class sessions for missed classes.
  • Technical assistance is always available. Contact the Office of Distance Learning’s Technical Support team for assistance by calling 1-800-462-0959 (toll-free) or emailing atstechsupport@odu.edu.

Miss a class? Want to review for an exam? No problem. All broadcast courses are available to registered students via an archive online in video stream format.

 

Archived Web Conference Courses

While this is a very limited option, there are times when a faculty may permit a student to take a class using archived classes. In this case, you would watch archived recordings of each class following the scheduled live class session.

Online course archives are available online within 24 hours after the completion of each live online class in an ODU online program.

Specifics

  • High-speed internet is required.
  • System is compatible with PC, Mac, and iOS devices. Archived streams are also available on iPods, iPads, and iPhones.

 

Portable Media (CD-ROM, DVD) Asynchronous

The option to take courses by portable media is limited to students with specific academic or military experience and training who are enrolling in:

You complete courses independently from anywhere in the world. Lectures and supporting materials are sent to you on portable media (such as CD-ROM or DVD) with accompanying notebooks. Each course has been developed by experienced faculty and an instructional design team to provide you the best learning experience possible.

Course content is organized into learning modules with defined learning objectives and assignments to help you plan timely completion and return of course work.

There are no synchronous (same-time) scheduled class meetings. If needed, you can communicate with faculty, advisors, and support staff using tools such as e-mail and/or online discussion boards.

Courses must be completed within a specific time frame. Undergraduate courses follow the regular ODU semester schedule. Graduate MEM courses have a 90-day term which you select through the online form for MEM course registration.

Specifics

  • A computer capable of playing CD-ROMs or DVDs is required.
  • proctor must administer tests and exams.
  • For portable media exam issues or technical assistance, contact Dr. Bill Gideon at wgideon@odu.edu or 1-800-968-2638.
  • Navy College personnel and any other students with questions about eligibility, enrollment, or admission to undergraduate portable media programs should contact Dr. Rob Curry, rcurry@odu.edu
  • Questions about eligibility, enrollment, or admission in the MEM graduate portable media program should be directed to MEM Advisor Kim Sibson, ksibson@odu.edu, or Enrollment Services Manager Debi Lane, dlane@odu.edu. NCPACE and Ashore MEM procedures for enrollment, ordering course materials, and taking exams are explained online here.

 

Practicum/Internship

You participate in a practical experience that requires your physical presence as part of this program.