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Lecture Formats for Distance Classes


How are the lectures delivered?
Lectures are recorded in the classroom and are provided to the student via download (mp4 file), DVD (mp4 files), or streamed video (various formats). We attempt to give the distance student an experience as close as possible to that of being in the actual classroom.

"Live" Recording
Lectures are recorded daily in the classroom. Lectures are typically available by 5:00pm on the day of the lecture for the student to be able to download or view by streamed video. Students view lectures at a time that is convenient within their schedule. No 'online class meetings' are scheduled, due to the fact that our students live in many different time zones around the world. Exact time of lecture availability depends on the time of day at which a course is recorded. To view downloaded mp4 lectures, you will need a media player. The best media player to use will depend on your operating system. Some suggestions are VLC, Windows Media Player, MPlayer and Media Player Classic. You may also need a free downloadable codec installed on your computer. Downloading and viewing instructions are provided to students. Please contact our distance office for assistance in viewing lectures.

Pre-recorded
Classroom recordings from past semesters are provided via streamed video, mp4 download or on DVD, shipped to the student. DVD's are usually sent via UPS to students in three separate shipments. To view these lectures, you need a DVD-ROM drive for your computer. As indicated above, the best media player to use will depend on your operating system. Some suggestions are VLC, Windows Media Player, MPlayer and Media Player Classic. You may also need a free downloadable codec installed on your computer. Downloading and viewing instructions are provided to students. Please contact our distance office for assistance in viewing lectures. Lecture DVDs must be returned to our distance office at the end of the term. To save time and resources, we recommend students download lectures, rather than receiving them on DVD.

Streamed Video
Many of our classes are currently available by streamed video. You can access these lectures from any location, as long as you have access to the Internet. You will need Microsoft Silverlight to be able to view the streamed video for some courses.

Availability
DVD courses are available to students in the United States, Canada, and U.S. Military addresses (APO/FPO). If you live outside of these areas, please contact our distance office to determine whether we are able to ship courses to your area. Shipments to APO/FPO addresses are sent by U.S. mail; all other shipments are sent via UPS.

Please Note: In the interest of staying 'green', we prefer that students opt out of DVD shipments, in favor of downloading or streaming.

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