Office of Distance and Extended Learning
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 Defined
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.