Texas State is committed to meeting the educational needs of learners who, for whatever reason, are not able to attend and participate in traditional on-campus programs and classes.
The Office of Distance and Extended Learning provides the Texas State community with an array of educational options through three program areas:
In addition to these offerings, the Office of Distance and Extended Learning is the informational resource for the Texas State community of distance learners and educators:
Distance education is a formal educational process in which the majority of instruction (interaction between students and instructors and among students) in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. At Texas State, most distance education courses are offered via TRACS, an Internet-based learning management system for delivering course materials, facilitating class discussions, implementing assignments and quizzes, and supporting learning outcomes. Courses typically fit into one of two categories:
Fully online course - A course which may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling no more than 15 percent of the planned instructional time. Examples of face-to-face sessions include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test.
Hybrid online course - A course in which a majority (more than 50 percent but less than 85 percent) of the planned instructional time occurs when the students and instructor are not in the same place. Mandatory face-to-face sessions may total up to 49 percent of planned instructional time.