EDP Program Delivery
While the NDSU Education Doctoral Programs are not Board-approved distance learning credit activities (SBHE Policy 805.3.1 Distance Learning Courses), courses are delivered whenever possible using the Interactive Video Network (IVN) to increase accessibility for doctoral students in classrooms throughout North Dakota and beyond. Courses are typically taught in the evening using the Interactive Video Network, though a few courses require travel to campus for in-person class meetings and are typically taught on the weekends. If the course is offered to students at a distance using IVN, students are expected to participate using an official IVN classroom. Any exceptions must be approved by course faculty on an individual basis.
NDSU's web-based content management system (currently Blackboard) is used as an instructional tool for students on and off the NDSU campus. Communications media with students will include e-mail, listserv, and Computer Decision Center options. All students have access to the open database connectivity (ODBC) when Ethernet connections (including community cable networks) are accessible. These media will serve as the connection with graduate students and academic program coordinators and will enable students to access and utilize libraries worldwide.
Note: Consistent with a Memorandum of Understanding with the NDSU Graduate School, doctoral students in Education must enroll in two of three semesters during the academic year, including the summer semester, for continued enrollment and to maintain residency. Students whose comprehensive exam or dissertation are being reviewed by the Graduate School during any given semester must be officially enrolled during that semester.