NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Q: What’s the difference between web-based and correspondence classes?

Web-based and correspondence classes are formats offered for distance learning classes. An explanation of both formats is listed below.


Online Classes
Online classes may also be referred to as web-based classes. Online classes generally use a learning management system (Blackboard, Moodle, etc.) to post a syllabus, materials, assignments, and communication from instructors. Some online classes are self-paced and some have specific deadlines for tests and assignments.

Print-based, text-based, and correspondence courses are different terms for distance learning classes that are offered using text-books and/or printed packets. These correspondence courses often have a printed packet that includes a syllabus, materials, assignments, and communication from instructors. Most packets and required textbooks are purchased through the NDSU Bookstore. Contact Distance and Continuing Education if a packet is not available at the bookstore. Coursework is completed at the student's pace and is turned in to the Distance and Continuing Education office by the end of the semester.