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[College of Continuing Studies]

DIVISION OF DISTANCE EDUCATION

The Division of Distance Education provides educational opportunities for the nontraditional student through programs that overcome the obstacles of geography, individual schedules, and limited on-campus class sizes. By recognizing that lifelong learning and technological development are increasingly essential to the lives of individuals and organizations, Distance Education has developed five programs to serve the educational needs of students throughout the state, nation, and world. Distance Education is pleased to contribute to the College's commitment to continuing education by offering courses through written correspondence, videotape, live two-way videoconferencing, satellite, and the Internet.

For more information, please contact The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, Division of Distance Education, 127 Martha Parham Hall West, Box 870388, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0388; (205) 348-9278 or toll-free 1-800-452-5971; fax (205) 348-0249; e-mail disted@ccs.ua.edu. Please visit our Web site at bama.disted.ua.edu.

Independent Study

High-school and undergraduate credit courses are available through written correspondence. These courses provide students of diverse backgrounds the flexibility they need to attain professional, academic, and personal goals.

Under certain conditions, a limited number of correspondence courses at the high-school level may be used to supplement curricula of high schools and satisfy college entrance requirements.

With certain stipulations (detailed in the Distance Education Catalog), the undergraduate courses may be used to complete a maximum of 25 percent of the work leading to the bachelor's degree. Nine of the last 18 hours required for a degree may be taken by written correspondence, provided that all residence requirements have been met.

For more information, please contact The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, Division of Distance Education, 127 Martha Parham Hall West, Box 870388, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0388; (205) 348-9278 or toll-free 1-800-452-5971; fax (205) 348-0249; e-mail disted@ccs.ua.edu. Please visit our Web site at bama.disted.ua.edu.

Quality University Extended Site Telecourses (QUEST)

The QUEST program is an innovative method of delivering graduate and undergraduate courses to individuals who cannot attend classes on campus. The purpose of QUEST is to make quality education available in a flexible, convenient manner. Courses taught on campus by University of Alabama faculty are taped as they occur and shipped to QUEST sites along with handouts and course materials. Students view the videotaped lectures at their location, completing the same requirements as on-campus students, with examinations supervised at the sites. QUEST courses are entered on a University of Alabama transcript and are fully accredited toward degree programs.

For more information, please contact: The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, Division of Distance Education, 127 Martha Parham West, Box 870388, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0388; (205) 348-9278 or toll-free 1-800-452-5971, fax (205) 348-0249, e-mail: disted@ccs.ua.edu. Please visit our Web site at bama.disted.ua.edu.

Intercampus Interactive Telecommunication System (IITS)

The Intercampus Interactive Telecommunication System (IITS) is a communications vehicle consisting of several technologically linked conference rooms located at some 30 sites, including a mobile site, throughout Alabama. Each site has a telecommunication room equipped with cameras, video monitors, microphones, and other equipment necessary for interactive sessions. Since the network enables all sites to be linked simultaneously, the second monitor displays the last active site or the room where someone is currently speaking. Anyone using IITS can offer two-way interactive classes or meetings among all locations. Through the network, participants can see, hear, and speak to individuals at each site.

For more information, please contact The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, Division of Distance Education, 127 Martha Parham Hall West, Box 870388, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0388; (205) 348-9278 or toll-free 1-800-452-5971; fax (205) 348-0249; e-mail disted@ccs.ua.edu. Please visit our Web site at bama.disted.ua.edu.

National Technological University (NTU)

The University of Alabama holds membership in the National Technological University (NTU), which is a private, nonprofit institution providing master's degrees to scientists, technical managers, and engineers. Faculty members from The University of Alabama's College of Engineering contribute, via satellite, master's-level coursework to NTU for business and government agency employees seeking advanced degrees.

For more information, please contact The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, Division of Distance Education, 127 Martha Parham Hall West, Box 870388, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0388; (205) 348-9278 or toll-free 1-800-452-5971; fax (205) 348-0249; e-mail disted@ccs.ua.edu. Please visit our Web site at bama.disted.ua.edu.

Global Online Academic Learning System (GOALS)

The Global Online Academic Learning System (GOALS) offers high-school and college-level online instruction featuring courses delivered over the World Wide Web directly to the student's home or corporate desktop. Students receive instruction through an established and secured Internet site and are able to interact with instructors and complete lessons via e-mail. The mission of online courses is to accommodate the educational needs of individuals who have access to and experience with computers and the Internet. Electronic communication reinvents and enhances the student's learning experience. The same high standard of education that is imparted on The University of Alabama campus is now available to students online around the world.

For more information, please contact The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, Division of Distance Education, 127 Martha Parham Hall West, Box 870388, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0388; (205) 348-9278 or toll-free 1-800-452-5971; fax (205) 348-0249; e-mail disted@ccs.ua.edu. Please visit our Web site at bama.disted.ua.edu.

Technical Systems Support (TSS)

Technical Systems Support (TSS), the technical resource body of The University of Alabama, is responsible for providing technical equipment rental, maintenance, and user training and assistance to the campus community. TSS technicians design technical systems to serve the instructional needs of the faculty and provide technical support to enhance faculty ideas through the use of electronic teaching tools. TSS also reaches out beyond the campus to meet the needs of the state through the application of the University's state-of-the-art distance-learning technology. From the design, installation, and maintenance of the sound system in Bryant-Denny Stadium to teleconferencing rooms and the Distance Education Mobile Classroom, TSS is a leading expert in media technology.

For more information about TSS, please contact The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, Division of Distance Education, Technical Systems Support, 104 Farrah Hall, Box 870248, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0248; (205) 348-3035; e-mail tech@tss.ccs.ua.edu; Web site bama.disted.ua.edu/tss.

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