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Distance Learning and Instructional Technology

Course Information


All of our online degrees are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

What course types are available for me to take?


Temporary Covid-19 Course Definitions:


Some course offerings and modalities for this Fall 2020 semester have been temporarily changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to the Javelinas Care, Protect page linked below that will contain all of the current information regarding these new course definitions.


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Internet Courses (Section 600)

A course in which 85% or more of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place. This type of course may have mandatory face-to-face sessions totaling up to 15% of the instructional time. Examples of face-to-face sessions include orientation, laboratory, exam review, or an in-person test.

(face-to-face time) = less than or equal to 15%
(web-substituted content) = greater than or equal to 85% 


Hybrid / Blended Courses (Section 900)

A course in which a majority (more than 50% but less than 85%), of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place. Learning management systems enhance delivery with pre-declared (on course schedule) face-to-face substitution.

(face-to-face time) = less than 50%
(web-substituted content) = greater than 50% and less than 85%


Web-Substituted (Section 500)

A course in which no more than 50 percent of the planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place. Learning management systems enhance delivery with pre-declared (on course schedule) face to face substitution.


Web-Enhanced

A course in which no planned instruction occurs when the students and instructor(s) are not in the same place. Learning management systems enhance course delivery without face-to-face substitution.


Videoconference Courses (Section 400)

TTVN (formerly known as the Trans-Texas Videoconference Network) is the wide area data and interactive communications network that serves the campuses and agencies of the Texas A&M System. The network also serves a number of affiliated colleges and universities, K-12 school districts, and state agencies throughout Texas. The core TTVN network consists of over 100 primary wide area network sites and more than 300 videoconference sites.


Where can I find current courses available to take?

Visit Blue & Gold Class Schedule Search to get an idea of what classes are available through distance learning. Select the appropriate department, then click on a particular course.

Regulations


At Texas A&M University-Kingsville, distance learning operates according to the procedures outlined by The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Rules, policies defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and policies defined by the Southern Region Education Board (SREB).  We include important THECB rules for distance learning, along with SACS and SREB documents describing distance learning policies and good practices.

 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools


Definition of Distance Education

For the purposes of the Commission on College’s accreditation review, distance education is a formal
educational process in which the majority of the instruction (interaction between students and instructors and among students) in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous.

For more information, click here.

 

THECB


Principles of Good Practice