As a student, staff, or faculty of IU School of Nursing (IUSON), you join a leader in online and distance learning. The IUSON was one of the first schools at Indiana University to implement web-based learning and has continued to implement innovative teaching and learning strategies to help you reach your educational and research goals.
Distance learning is not less rigorous than classroom education; however, it is generally more flexible because there may be fewer requirements for you to be available at a specific time or location. Many distance courses have no requirements for synchronous (at-the-same-time) communication or attendance at a physical location. Distance learning often appears to require more time, but keep in mind you are trading "seat time" for interaction with colleagues, content, resources, and instructors in addition to normal reading and preparation of assignments and projects.
You may use Canvas, IU's learning management system, in your distance courses to interact asynchronously (at different times) with colleagues through threaded discussions or messages. Some courses use a virtual classroom where you interact with colleagues using a webcam and headset/microphone synchronously (in real time). Just like in face-to-face courses, you will read content, access supplemental resources, participate in individual and group projects and activities, make presentations, complete assignments, and be evaluated. There are many options for learning collaboratively through discussion, problem-based learning, conferencing, and co-authoring documents.
No matter how your course is structured, you are sure to develop lifelong relationships with other students and faculty, both near and far.