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College of Information and Communications

Distributed Learning

Many of our master's classes are offered online, part of a highly successful network of virtual classrooms developed over the past 30 years. Our program, accredited by the American Library Association and directed by our award-winning faculty and staff, uses state-of-the-art technology to reach students wherever they learn.


Whether you choose to join us in Columbia or stay in your community, distributed learning provides access to these degree programs in our school:

How It Works 

Courses are offered primarily online, either synchronously (set live online meeting times using Adobe Connect or Blackboard Collaborate) or asynchronously (no required live online meetings, though optional meetings may be offered). Some courses are offered in a hybrid format that offers both an in-person classroom and a virtual classroom component, and a small number of courses are classified as fully in-person (this primarily applies to internships, which can still be set up for students not living in Columbia).

Our distributed learning courses feature opportunities to engage with classmates, instructors and the professional community. Faculty members employ a variety of technologies that allow our students to interact, access resources, listen to lectures and complete assignments. Whether students are in a classroom in Columbia or a virtual classroom hundreds of miles away, they participate in recorded and some live lectures, combined with self-directed coursework (like readings, discussion boards, and other assignments) online. 

Our experience with campus-based delivery, technology and distributed learning techniques allows us to continue to offer a quality education wherever students are, wherever students learn.

For more information about our online only classroom approach, watch this video about our blended online delivery method.

For more information about earning your degree both on campus and online, watch this video about our blended campus approach.

See the technology and resources that students need for our classes.  

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