Friday, November 14, 2008

Higher Education at Your Fingertips

If you have access to a computer, you have access to higher education and that is what the University of West Georgia hopes to make more people aware of during National Distance Learning Week.

The university’s on-campus Distance and Distributed Education Center offers the opportunity for students in almost every situation to enroll and study course work without stepping onto campus. Some degrees can be earned totally through online studies, while other degrees require a limited time in the classroom.

UWG was among the first institutions in the University System of Georgia to begin offering online courses in the 1990s and enrollment has significantly increased. In the spring semester last year, UWG distance enrollment had risen to more than 4,400 students. To access the courses available online at UWG, visit the website at

Several courses are taught completely through distance learning, while others combine the technology with a traditional class setting, requiring students to travel to campus for one or more class sessions.

Programs offered completely or mostly online include eCore freshman core courses, which are offered through a USG collaboration; WebMBA, a master of business administration degree offered through the Richards College of Business; and a master’s degree and a doctorate in media and instructional technology offered through the College of Education.

UWG offers the online courses through videoconferencing, through WebCT and Horizon Live. The DDE Center, located in the Honors House, provides support services to students and instructors.

To allow easy registration and access to information, the University System of Georgia developed Georgia ONmyLINE, a website that provides schedules and registration forms for a full array of distance-education offerings from all public colleges and universities that offer the service.

Located at, the site offers students a catalog of online courses and programs that are updated each semester. For more information on UWG’s distance learning courses and programs, go to or call 678-839-6248.

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