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Frequently Asked Questions

What is distance learning?

How is SUNY New Paltz using distance learning?

Does SUNY New Paltz offer a degree online?

What kinds of research help are available to distance learners?


What is distance learning?

Distance learning or distance education is a way of delivering instruction over a distance where the learner and instructor are apart, but interact via technology. This technology can include the World Wide Web, email, videoconferencing, audio conferencing, videotapes, cable television, satellite broadcast, etc.

How is SUNY New Paltz using distance learning?

SUNY New Paltz currently offers online courses via the Internet.

Asynchronous Learning (online courses)

There are many names for this type of delivery; some of them include Internet courses; web courses; online courses, ALNs, etc. SUNY New Paltz offers a variety of courses using this delivery approach. In an online course the instructor and students communicate with each other through a computer and the Internet. Using a computer, students receive course materials, compose and submit assignments, ask questions of the instructor, interact with other students in the class, discuss issues and actively participate in class activities from home, office, or the nearest campus computer lab. As an "asynchronous" learning mode, instructors and students are able to connect with the Internet, and transmit and receive information any time and any place.

Participation in these courses requires access to the World Wide Web either through a campus computer lab or at home using an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

New Paltz online courses follow the same academic calendar in terms of start and end dates of classes as the on-campus courses.

Does SUNY New Paltz offer a degree online?

SUNY New Paltz does not yet offer a degree online. However, we offer a selection of undergraduate liberal arts courses and graduate education courses. Our program is growing, and we have seen an increase in the variety of courses offered, especially during our summer session.

SUNY New Paltz is one of many schools belonging to the SUNY Learning Network. It is an association of SUNY colleges and universities in New York state who have joined together to offer courses online. Using the SLN, it is possible to take several courses through different schools in the same semester. For more specific information about the SUNY Learning Network, visit their website.

SUNY New Paltz offers online courses using our own servers and tech support. Both courses offered through the SLN and through New Paltz offer students a variety of courses and interests. Visit the SUNY New Paltz Academic Computing website for more information.

What kinds of research help are available to distance learners?

The Sojourner Truth Library provides distance learners with online access to more than 100 databases—about 20,000 journals, magazines, newspapers, and e-books. The library offers personalized research assistance via phone, fax, email, and instant messaging. Additionally, students can have journal articles delivered to their homes or offices, through our ILLIAD service. For details, contact Distance Learning Librarian Stephan J. Macaluso at 845-257-2699, ref@newpaltz.edu, or visit the library's Distance Services website.