Distance Learning at UNT
The University of North Texas is a leader in distance learning. The Department of Anthropology was able to draw on UNT's deep experience and expertise in the design and delivery of distance education. UNT is the largest provider of online credit courses among Texas public universities. As of spring 2007, 29% of the UNT student body has taken an online course. 8,480 students were enrolled in UNT distributed learning classes in spring 2007, with 2,340 taking only online courses.
UNT uses Blackboard Vista 4.2 as the platform for delivery of online courses.
In designing the online master's program, our main concern was that students receive a high-quality learning experience. To this end, we have utilized innovative virtual pedagogy in the development and delivery of our program.
Our courses are designed to provide students with expertise in anthropological theories, methods, and applications. Each course incorporates a unique mix of readings, asynchronous and synchronous group discussions, teleconferences, guest speakers, individual projects, and/or group projects. This mix of pedagogical approaches attends to the diverse learning styles that students bring to the program. All have been adapted to the online environment in creative ways.
Outside of class, students receive personal mentoring from their faculty advisor. Advisors help students plan their electives and work closely with them during the applied thesis. The applied thesis is a client project that helps position students for their career.
In addition, students interact with their peers by joining an online community that includes all students in the program. Participating in this community of practice enables students to learn from each other, and assists in their professional development.
Take a Tour
We have developed a PowerPoint presentation that shows what it's like to take an online course, including screen shots of various features.
For information on current requirements, please visit UNT's Vista page Browser and Computer Settings. Also, please note that a high speed internet connection is required.