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Types of Distance Learning

Distance Learning is an exciting and continually developing field. The purpose of this introduction is to help you understand what distance learning is and how WKU makes distance learning accessible to you.

What is distance learning? Broadly, this term means that the learning process takes place at a distance, through technology-mediated communication, instead of face-to-face communication. Content delivery of distance learning classes at WKU occurs in three ways:

Web/Online Courses

Web classes are semester–based and follow the traditional academic calendar. They have no specific meeting time, but do have deadlines for completion of assignments. To find listings for web based courses visit WKU’s Schedule of Classes and search campus location "web" or visit and select "Classes" from the top menu.

On Demand

On Demand classes are self-paced, open enrollment courses offered via web, email, CD ROM, or print. They are non-semester based and have open enrollment, which means you can sign up any day of the year!  Students may complete their class(es) in as little as 7 weeks or take up to 9 months. Certain restrictions apply. To learn more visit WKU On Demand or call 800-535-5926.


IVS and Videoconference classes are semester–based classes broadcast to and from regional campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox. These classes provide real-time interaction between the originating site and remote classroom locations.

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 Last Modified 1/21/15