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UTA Engineering Offering Record Number of Distance Education Courses

September 7, 2004

UTA'a College of Engineering is televising 46 courses for distance education students this fall, providing graduate level courses via CD, videotape or streaming video over the Internet. This is one of the largest course offerings since the College began televising them in the fall of 1982.

Distance education allows students to adjust their studies to fit their personal schedules. They can complete a master’s degree or take individual courses for professional development. This semester, students may select from six aerospace engineering courses, nine civil engineering courses, five computer science & engineering courses, 10 electrical engineering courses and five courses in mechanical engineering, all through the Engineering Center for Distance Education.

The Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department produces 11 courses in addition to those provided through the Engineering Center for Distance Education. The IMSE Department offers all of its graduate courses by distance every semester.

Jason Coletta knows the value of having courses available via distance education. Jason works for Lockheed Martin in Florida and he’s working on a master’s in electrical engineering from UTA. “The flexibility of distance education is essential for the working student,” Coletta said. “With distance education I don't have to sacrifice supporting my program at work for taking classes.”

The College’s Engineering Center for Distance Education provides the personnel to record and distribute 35 courses. “We have 10 student operators,” said Dave Davis, director of the center. “They’re working with some faculty members who have been in front of the cameras for 22 years and others who are doing it for the first time.” The week’s first televised course begins at 8am Monday; the week’s last course ends at 9pm Thursday.

Most students view their courses via streaming video on the Internet, which allows students access to their courses anywhere, any time. “The College of Engineering is making continuous investments in new technologies to provide the best possible product in the most accessible format,” said Davis.