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Distance Learning

Rogers State University established itself as a leader in distance education with the building of a television station in 1987. This station, KRSC-TV, remains today the only full power, over-the-air broadcast television station licensed to a public university in the state of Oklahoma. The television station added a new dimension to the more traditional independent study or telecourse by enabling students to actually be a part of a class that was a live broadcast. Then, in the summer of 1993, RSU took distance education to another level with the construction of a virtual campus, resulting in the initial establishment of three accredited online associate degrees.

Mindful of the mission, “to prepare students to achieve professional goals in dynamic local and global communities” and “to provide traditional and innovative learning opportunities,” distance learning at RSU remains committed to excellence in teaching and student service, regardless of the location. Continually evolving and growing, flexibility is the central concept that guides this segment of the RSU campus.

Following is a list of specific types of distance education courses and programs are available through distance learning:

Compressed Video

A compressed video course is a class that originates from one campus and is transmitted to other campuses. It offers two-way audio and video communication between students and instructor. Students who select this method of instruction should be aware that the instructor may or may not be physically present in the classroom. Otherwise, this class follows the same procedures and attendance requirements of a traditional class. Compressed video classrooms are arranged to encourage interaction between students in the host classroom and all branch campuses. Assignments and graded papers are exchanged through fax, email, regular mail, or courier service.

Telecourses

Telecourses are academically rigorous courses that combine televised courses with textbook readings, assignments, and other instructional materials. Students who select this method of instruction should have access to a television during the time the program is broadcast, have the ability to tape the program as it is being broadcast, or be able to visit the viewing site at Claremore, Pryor, or Bartlesville. In addition, students may elect to rent the tape series from a professional video rental company. This method of instruction requires students to have good reading and comprehension skills, to be self-disciplined, and to be self-motivated.

Live Broadcast Courses

These courses are broadcast live on the campus television station from a specially equipped classroom on the Claremore campus. Students have the option of actually attending the class in the studio-classroom or viewing the class from their home, high school site, or other location. Students who select this method of instruction should plan to attend or view the course as it is being taught.

Online Courses

Online courses are Internet-based courses where the instructor and students communicate through a computer. These courses are generally designed to provide direct instructor-to-student communication as well as class participation and interactivity through threaded discussions, chat rooms, or electronic discussion groups assigned by the instructor. Students who select this method of instruction must have, at a minimum, a computer or access to a computer, access to the Internet, and an electronic mail address (email). For a complete list of recommended items, please check technical requirements on the RSU web page at: http://rsuonline.edu.