Distance learning is a great way for students and the general public to take classes while still maintaining personal and professional responsibilities. Many colleges in Iowa offer opportunities to study a wide array of subjects in pursuit of a degree or simply for personal interest.
The University of Iowa offers hawkeyes opportunities to study for undergraduate, graduate or certificate programs. Using only a computer with high-speed internet, students from Iowa and around the world can further their education. Undergraduates can choose from Bachelor’s degree programs in Applied Studies, Social Work, Business Administration, Liberal Studies and Nursing. Graduate students can earn Master’s degrees in Nursing, Social Work, Educational Leadership or gain a School Superintendent Endorsement. Certificates are available in such areas as Public Health, Nonprofit Management and Entrepreneurial Management.
Iowa State University, located in Ames offers a variety of credit and non-credit classes for students and the general public. To be eligible for these courses, the college recommends students have the latest in computer technology. Computers should be no more than three years old, or additional memory may be needed to complete some courses. Students should also have the latest version of web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Computers should also be as fast as possible, or some courses will fail to properly download. Courses are also delivered in a number of ways. Internet and Blackboard is the main delivery source. Blackboard is used for testing, chat sessions, assignments and other aspects of courses. Streaming media and dvd’s are also used for some courses. All students should have an e-mail account so instructors can communicate with them individually if needed.
Undergraduates can complete a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. Undergraduate certificates are available in Occupational Safety and Swine Science. Many more graduate programs are available, both as Master’s degrees and Certificates. Degrees are available in such fields as Agronomy, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Education, Mathematics, Family and Consumer Science and many others. Certificates for graduate students are offered in Construction Management, Food Safety, Computer Networking and other fields.
Iowa Central Community College offers programs for both college and high school students. Students can choose from FlexNet, Online and Virtual Class courses. FlexNet courses can be enrolled in up to the last three weeks of a semester, and students have until the last day of class to complete the course no matter when they enroll. Fifteen-week online courses are also available, but can only be enrolled in at the beginning of a semester. Eight-week courses are also offered in certain programs.
Associate degrees offered entirely online include Computer Networking, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Health Care Administration and Logistics Management. The ICN, or Iowa Communications Network, lets courses be delivered over a television network. Any ICN location in Iowa can receive these broadcasts. High school students can also enroll in college classes. Freshmen and Sophomores who have been identified as gifted and talented students can enroll through the Project Earlybird Program. Whatever Iowa students want, it can be found online.