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    Distance Learning Policy

    Policy Description

    Adelphi University has a commitment to providing instruction and programs that meet the diverse learning needs of our students. Expanded instructional opportunities capture new markets by introducing new certificate, degree and continuing education programs. Distance Learning presents rich opportunities by providing students in selected programs more flexibility in scheduling and enhances existing courses by blending traditional classroom and asynchronous approaches in courses, allowing students to work more independently. All of these activities will enhance our students’ skills in using new technology and learning with technology.

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    Reason for Policy                                                                    

    Distance learning has assumed increasing prominence in higher education.

    Done well, it expands access to education for those who otherwise could not join a traditional classroom setting because of geographic distance. It also provides flexibility for both students and faculty in terms of course scheduling. Equally important, it exposes students to information literacy and technology skills that are essential for today’s technology driven world. It also stimulates opportunities for faculty development and professional growth.

    While Adelphi University will never abandon the small and intimate face-to-face classroom environment that has been its educational signature for more than one hundred years, it must at the same time judiciously develop high quality instructional opportunities to meet the needs of the diverse student population it serves.

    Whether distance learning is incorporated in a traditional class setting, or delivered in place of it, well designed instruction must be at the core of course and program offerings. Not all disciplines, or all types of instruction, will employ technology-enhanced curricula in the same manner. Nonetheless, some common guidelines are important to assure the highest educational quality for such distributed learning. The elements of this policy are established to guarantee that Adelphi University continues to provide excellent educational experiences for both students and faculty.

    Who Is Governed by this Policy                                         

    Faculty, staff and students


    Policy Owner

    Sam Grogg

    Secondary Contacts

    IT Support

    E-Reserves – Access Services
    Literacy/Library Instruction
    Reference Assistance
    Interlibrary Loan
    Director of the Faculty Center for Professional Excellence

    Document History                                                      

    Last Revised Date: May 13, 2012

    The current policy was drafted by the FCPE Advisory Board with input from the Senate Committee on Academic and Information Technology, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education Technology Committee and the Office of the Provost.

    Who Approved This Policy                                                  

    Office of the Provost



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