Our Experience in Online and Distance Learning

Old Dominion University has been a pioneer in technology delivered distance learning since the mid-1980s. 

Our original satellite delivery program, TELETECHNET, was launched in 1994 in partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to provide quality higher education to students at a distance, especially in areas with limited educational opportunities.

Historically, course delivery has been interactive television via satellite broadcast from the main campus in Norfolk, Va. to partner sites around the country. In recent years, we have expanded the use of other delivery modes, such as video streaming and web conferencing, to reach even more students. 

In 2010, the University's administration charged Distance Learning with expanding asynchronous online degree program offerings. With a new revenue share model approved that incentivizes departments and faculty to develop programs online, we have been able to offer a wider variety of programs that are accessible to more students.

In Fall 2014, the satellite system was officially sunset, and all programs that were previously broadcast via satellite are now available online. More online programs are in various stages of planning and development.

Shifting enrollment patterns also provided an opportunity to evaluate space usage at our VCCS partner sites. Newly designed learning pods allow smaller spaces to be used more efficiently and in a variety of ways to best meet the needs of students. Our partners also help support our students through the use of computer labs and library services.

Our current distance learning network consists of nearly 50 partner locations throughout Virginia and as far as Arizona and Washington State, as well as U.S. Navy ships deployed around the globe. This doesn’t count the many students taking online courses that let them learn when and where they choose.

Old Dominion’s commitment to quality results in satisfied students — 93% would recommend ODU Distance Learning to a friend, according to the 2012-2013 Senior Student Satisfaction Survey.

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