Council On Undergraduate Research
Colleges and universities are reaching new audiences and helping students complete degrees and programs of study through distance education departments and programs. Distance education attracts working professionals, employed students, and single parents (Johnson, et al., 2003), who may otherwise not be able to engage in a traditional academic setting. These individuals can now enroll in single courses or full undergraduate and graduate programs. Distance education departments offer courses and degrees through various modes of delivery, including: independent study, online (via course management applications such as Blackboard), interactive broadcast (via satellite), and Ed-NET courses (via internet/webcam).
Bates, S.C., Domenech Rodríguez, M., & Drysdale, M.J. (2007). Supporting and encouraging behavioral research among distance education students. CUR Quarterly, 28(1), 18-22.