Distance Learning in the ETL
Learning at a distance is somewhat different than
traditional face-to-face learning.
Successful online distance education students usually have the following
Good communication skills and habits
Good organization skills
The ETL program provides you with a lot of
flexibility in terms of when and where you learn. However, you do need to keep
up with the course materials and online assignments. In addition to keeping up with the weekly
course materials, regular online participation is required for all ETL
courses. Therefore, to be successful,
you will need to make arrangements to have consistent weekly online access.
Internet Access/Computers/Computer Literacy
By its very nature, the relative flexibility of
distance education especially appeals to busy working professionals living in
urban and suburban settings, but it also holds a strong attraction for those
who do not have ready access to a traditional campus.
Having created one of the first online graduate
programs launched in the United
States, the experienced ETL Program faculty
and staff know that meaningful substance, rather than fad-driven style, should
lead the way in delivering a high-quality graduate education experience
"at a distance." To that end, our course materials and delivery
methods are designed to be inclusive of as many people who are in need of
advanced training in educational technology as possible.
For example, unlike many programs delivered online,
one need not necessarily have access to a high-speed Internet connection in
order to participate fully in our classes. Although most students will
certainly find it more convenient to have a high-speed Internet connection, our
program provides practical "work arounds" in those cases where the
only Internet access available is still dial-up modem. Perhaps that explains
why our student population typically includes students who are active-duty
military personnel, Americans living overseas, and citizens of other countries
who appreciate the benefits of a degree from The George Washington University.
These students comfortably join the many educators and other working
professionals living throughout the U.S. who make up our student body.
Because of the inclusive nature of the ETL Masters
Degree and Graduate Certificate Programs, our technical requirements are
few--but there are some easily-met hardware, software, and computer literacy
minimums. They include:
· Hardware - Regular and
reliable access to a personal computer. Computers manufactured within 2-3 years
of the time that a student joins our program should last them throughout their
tenure with us. Those computers should have an operating system at least as new
as Windows XP (Windows machines) and OS 10 (Mac machines).
· Internet Access - Regular
and reliable access to the Internet. The latest version of Internet Explorer or
Firefox is the recommended Web Browser for Windows machines, and the latest version
of Safari is recommended for Mac machines. High-speed access is more convenient
than something slower, but it is not mandatory. A student who truly wants to
learn will find that we will reach out to help them achieve their goals.
· Software - Adobe Acrobat
software, or any other software that will allow the student to convert files
into PDF (not just read PDF documents), is currently required for all ETL
courses. Word processing software will also be necessary for most classes. A
few elective courses may have additional software requirements.
Literacy- The ETL Program
expects all incoming students to have already learned basic computer literacy
skills. These include the ability to use the Internet, the ability to install
software, the ability to perform basic tasks using word processing software,
and the ability to resolve basic computers problems (perhaps with the
assistance of ETL Program technical support).
If you have any questions about the ETL Program's
technical standards and requirements, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for answers!