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Quality Distance Education

Purdue University Online provides best-in-class online educational opportunities to professionals students through high-quality distance education programs. Purdue University has been investing in distance education since 1922, when the university began broadcasting engineering courses over WBAA, an educational radio station operating out of West Lafayette, Indiana. Now, Purdue uses the latest technologies and tools to innovate the online learning space and give students access to online programs of the same quality and rigor as on-campus programs.  

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How does remote learning work? 

Though each of Purdue’s online programs has its own expectations and structure, remote students can expect that all course elements — such as discussions, assignments, tests and labs — will be delivered in an online format and housed in Brightspace, Purdue’s online learning portal.  

Course Delivery  

Online courses can be synchronous, meaning class lectures occur “live” at the same time for all students enrolled in the course, or asynchronous, meaning course lectures are recorded in advance and can be accessed by students at any time. Most of Purdue’s online programs are structured to be asynchronous so remote students have more flexibility in accessing and completing assignments.  

Developing a Learning Routine 

Because most of Purdue’s online programs are delivered asynchronously, it’s important for online students to develop a learning routine that works with their schedule. Many online programs will list the estimated weekly time commitment on their webpages — this helps remote students create a learning plan in advance. It’s important to stick with your learning routine throughout the semester so you don’t miss any course assignments.  

Faculty and Staff are Here to Help  

Purdue’s online faculty and support staff are here to help remote students find success in their online courses. Many of our online faculty members have years of experience teaching online. They will communicate with remote students about course expectations and assignments, as well as deliver feedback on student work. Additionally, many online programs have student success coaches who can assist students in developing a learning routine and completing classes remotely.