Distance Education

Learn on your own time. Distance Education offers you the opportunity to take college courses without having to come to campus or to significantly cut down on the trips you have to make. If work or family schedules conflict with on-campus classes, you don’t have to give up important responsibilities to pursue an education.

The difference between a Distance Education course and a campus-based course is how each is delivered. DE courses are delivered to you electronically via cable, satellite, ISDN, or phone line. Instructors utilize various methods of communication to conduct the course, such as Web 2.0 technologies, social networking, threaded discussions, email, web conferencing, audio and video. Additionally, DE courses use these technologies to support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor, either synchronously or asynchronously.

Any student can take a DE course. Just as some people are more successful at regular courses, others are more successful at DE courses. In general,a successful distance education student is someone who wants or needs a flexible school schedule and knows how to study independently. Not sure if DE is for you? Take our online Distance Learning Self Assessment.

To take a DE course, you must first apply for admission to Leeward CC. After you've been admitted as a student, you can then register for the course. Information on admission and enrollment services.

Degrees and Certificates available through Distance Education
Currently, there are 13 degrees/certificates offered entirely online, Ten other degree/certificate programs offer all except one course through online delivery. Another 8 programs offer more than 50% of their requirements online.

Types of DE Courses

Televised/Teleweb course lectures are over Oceanic Digital Channel 355 or QAM channel 46.55. Important Note for Maui County Viewers: UHTV programming is on channel 55 only.

You can watch the course at the time of broadcast or record it for a more convenient playback time. Teleweb courses’ primary method of instruction is via television yet, you are also required to log on to the Internet for additional course material and communication.

Two-way interactive video courses allow students to take courses from other UH campuses. You are required to attend class at an interactive video classroom site here on the Leeward CC campus. These classes are conducted in a “live- real time” interactive setting.

Internet courses
are interactive courses delivered using the Web. Online Classes allow you to access your class material via the Internet and study at the times and places that fit into your busy lifestyle.