National Distance Learning Week is Nov. 5-9.
Texas Tech University's Melanie Hart, vice provost of eLearning & Academic Partnerships, a division of the Office of the Provost, and Justin Louder, associate vice provost of eLearning & Academic Partnerships, are available to discuss the strides the university's distance learning programs and initiatives have made over the past several years and what the future holds for distance learning.
- Since the 2013-14 academic year, there has been a roughly 74 percent increase in online-only undergraduate student enrollment and a roughly 47 percent increase in online-only graduate student enrollment at Texas Tech.
- Texas Tech has increased its total of semester credit hours offered online by 105 percent since the 2014 academic year.
- Texas Tech continues its reputation as a leader in distance learning, with seven regional sites and more than 80 fully online degree programs.
- “Students appreciated the flexibility of the online formats, which allow them to continue to work, spend time with their families and continue their education.” (Hart)
- “Students are increasingly place bound, so the opportunity to attend a top-tier research institution from wherever they are makes the more than 80 online and distance education programs Texas Tech offers very attractive.” (Louder)
- “Online learning is the way of the future. Research examining the effectiveness of quality online learning indicates that online courses result in equal or greater learning than face-to-face courses.” (Hart)
- “Texas Tech offers more online or hybrid doctoral degrees than any other institution in Texas or in the Southwest.” (Louder)