Web-based Programs at UCF
Online@UCF offers courses over the Internet to meet the diverse needs of a growing student population and to fulfill the general University mission.
Leveraging a strong history of innovation in educational technology, UCF provides distributed learning for those who cannot attend classes on one of the UCF campuses, as well as for campus-based students. The instructional design of these courses provides the highest quality learning experience for both traditional and non-traditional students. The course materials and methods are developed and delivered by UCF faculty to maximize the distant learner’s achievement of course objectives.
Dynamic growth, changing student demographics, an increasing need for accessible lifelong learning, advances in information technologies, and the national movement from an industrial base to an information base are transforming the educational environment. The University of Central Florida is responding to these trends with a wide range of distributed learning strategies, including Web-based studies, that provide flexibility and access to needed academic programs.
UCF’s fully online offerings include graduate degrees and certificates, baccalaureate completion programs, undergraduate minors and even an undergraduate certificate. Its now possible to complete UCF’s GEP program online, although not all options are available. New online programs are always in development.
The Center for Distributed Learning
The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) is the focal point of distance learning-related activities at UCF. We assist and expand student access to education through strategic policy and course development resources related to fully online and blended/hybrid courses. We collaborate with colleges and departments to design, develop, deliver, and support technology-enabled programs and courses.
Among the units that are part of the Center for Distributed Learning is the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE), which assesses the scope and impact of distributed learning throughout the UCF community. RITE’s body of research has significantly contributed to the wider understanding and effectiveness of online learning both within the U.S. and internationally.
The University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida was established in 1963 and opened in the fall of 1968 as Florida Technological University, in large part as a response to the space industry. The Florida Legislature changed the university’s name to the University of Central Florida on December 6, 1978, to reflect the dynamic role of the University in the Central Florida area and its broader educational mission.
UCF now boasts 12 colleges, over 60,000 students, and offers 90 bachelor’s programs, 87 master’s programs, 3 specialist programs, 31 doctoral programs, and 1 professional program (Medicine). The university’s logo is Pegasus—the winged horse of the muses in Greek mythology—symbolizing the unity between the humanities and space technology.
(source http://www.iroffice.ucf.edu/character/current.html 5/2013)
UCF Mission Statement
The University of Central Florida is a public multi-campus, metropolitan research university that stands for opportunity. The university anchors the Central Florida city-state in meeting its economic, cultural, intellectual, environmental and societal needs by providing high-quality, broad-based education and experienced-based learning; pioneering scholarship and impactful research; enriched student development and leadership growth; and highly relevant continuing education and public service initiatives that address pressing local, state, national, and international issues in support of the global community.
UCF is committed to the free expression of ideas, the equality of all people, and the dignity of the individual.