What is Distance Learning?
Distance Learning is model of instruction where students interact with course
materials, classmates and instructors at a distance using electronic educational
technology. Distance Learning is characterized by:
- Physical distance and/or time separation of the student and instructor during
the majority of the class
- The use of electronic educational technology is used to bring the student and
instructor together to deliver the course content
- Two-way communication between student and instructor uses electronic
Oglala Lakota College uses electronic educational technology to deliver courses
and to enhance communication between students and instructors. OLC uses the following
- Hybrid courses that have traditional classroom and at distance
lessons using Internet/Online delivery methods.
courses using Moodle that do not have a traditional classroom setting. These course are
delivered in the electronic format using the Internet
- Electronic Assist courses meet
in the traditional classroom environment with many of the course materials available online.
Electronic Assist courses are considered to be an enhancement of the traditional face to face
- Picture Tell or PicTel courses meet via interactive television system. PictureTel courses
are live point to point classrooms in two or more college centers. PictureTel courses are also
considered to be an enhancement of the traditional face to face class.
Oglala Lakota College utilizes Distance Learning or Online Content Management
tools to assist many of the courses in our catalog. We strive to provide a
comprehensive experience by presenting to our students a range of course delivery
systems. These delivery systems range from traditional brick and mortar classes, to a
blend of Face2Face and online assisted coursework, to a total online educational
Oglala Lakota College is creating a Distance Learning Virtual
Campus to coordinate and deliver online courses.