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How to Succeed in Distance Education

Success in distance education (DE) requires motivation and self-discipline. Students must know their instructor’s expectations and assume primary responsibility for their own learning.

Common Misconceptions about DE Courses

DE = Easier
No! DE courses are at least as rigorous as on-campus courses, and DE formats often require more writing and reading than traditional formats.

DE = On Your Own
No! Many DE courses require student participation in online discussions and other group activities. Instructors, advisors and administrators are there to assist DE students.

DE = Self-Paced
No! Most DE courses have a schedule of assignments and assessments similar to those in on-campus courses. Students must log into online courses regularly.


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Check out our FAQs for answers to our most common questions! If you wish to speak to someone directly, please contact the Distance Education office at (919) 515-9030 or toll-free at (866) 467-8283.