If I haven’t mentioned before, I’m a student at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA)… taking many of my Mechatronics Engineering classes from North Carolina State University (NCSU).

In other words, I’m a distance education (DE) student.

It’s a fantastic program… I really do enjoy it…

But let me tell you… that’s an expensive Skype call.

It’s not exactly Skype… the school uses another program (the name has left my mind for the moment)… but it’s the same concept.

The schools call each other and, once connected, the professor lectures us through a video conference.

There is even about as many technical problems as I have had with Skype calls!

In reality, there is a lot more that goes into the programs than just a Skype-ish call.

There’s the help of TA’s at UNCA, NCSU, and other schools that participate in that particular class…

There’s the homework/exams… some online… some on paper that have to be scanned and submitted (usually online)…

There’s all the people that go into making the video conferencing programs work.

In other words, DE requires a ton of communication between people that  would normally probably never talk otherwise.

One of my favorite things about it is (at least through NCSU’s program) you can access and re-watch the lectures later.

This especially helps if you’ve had that one day where you were just not all there in class… trust me… there are definitely those day.

Isn’t it amazing how technology can change things… for example… our education options?

Want more information? Visit:

http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/mechatronics/

http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/mechatronics/what-mech.php

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