Black Hills State University provides outreach educational services, and specializes in supporting distance learning programs. Distance Learning allows individuals with busy schedules to pursue higher education with access to curriculum including degree programs via the Internet, video conference, extension correspondence and adult education through professional development across the disciplines. Such courses are supported by University Outreach Services. The office is located in Woodburn Hall 314 and the office phone number is 642-6258.
Distance education redefines the university experience for students by providing a flexible learning environment that may not be directly linked to the classroom. Courses offered by distance education must have equivalent standards, rigorous student outcomes, substance and assignments as courses offered face to face. Distance education courses are subject to review by the Electronic University Consortium (EUC). This consortium involves the six regental institutions.
Distance education courses may be scheduled on a semester basis and require that students complete learning experiences within a particular timeframe (i.e., each week). Likewise, distance education courses may be offered asynchronously (self-paced) to allow students maximum flexibility in participation. Asynchronous courses may or may not necessarily be offered on a semester basis. For a listing of all distance education courses offered at the six public universities in South Dakota, access BHSU’s distance learning webpage and click on the Electronic University Consortium. www.BHSU.edu/distancelearning. In addition, the University Outreach Program develops special institutes and coordinates educational as well as entertaining summer programs for all ages.