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Ohio Distance Learning

The Ohio Distance Learning Web Site's purpose is to provide information surrounding distance learning and assist in locating distance-learning opportunities within Ohio as well as outside of the state in both intercontinental and international.

Contained within the site is information about content providers, training materials, and news pertaining to distance learning. In addition to all that, there are links to the D.L. State Calendar, state agencies involved in distance learning, other distance learning sites, conferences, grant opportunities, and streaming video clips highlighting some of the content providers, and demonstrating distance learning in action.

Technical Requirements

As the course functions via distance, there are essential equipment prerequisites the student must fulfill prior to beginning the project. Recommended minimum equipment requirements for online/distance courses are:

A computer having:

  • Windows 95/98/NT and later OR Mac OS 8.1 or later
  • At least 64 MB RAM
  • A 56K modem
  • A CD-ROM Drive
  • A 3.5" Floppy Drive
  • Internet Explorer 5.5 or later (Windows); Internet Explorer 5.1.6 or later (Mac)
  • Access to a VCR and television
  • Access to other technologies depending on course requirements (see course syllabus)
  • Access to the web several times per week
  • Access to a personal e-mail account several times per week
  • A BGNet Account required for access to Blackboard will be provided by the University
  • If required, links will be available within the course to download any necessary plug-ins (e.g., Adobe Acrobat, Shockwave Player, etc.)
  • Access to other technologies depending on course requirements (see course syllabus)


  • NWOET supports H.320, H.321 (ATM), and H.323 (IP), videoconferencing standards
  • Loan and training of portable (H.323) videoconferencing equipment
  • Distance Learning in the K-12 Classroom course offered for 1 or 2 graduate credits-at NWOET and remote locations statewide using video distance equipment
  • 18 OATDLP (Ohio Assistive Technology Distance Learning Project) courses taught by distance (combination of Internet and kit course work ) during five sessions throughout the year for 1 graduate credit each
  • Interactive distance learning field trips arranged with content providers such as NASA, Cincinnati Zoo, COSI, and Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Many professional development opportunities via distance available by arrangement

DL Equipment for Loan

NWOET has 2 Polycom ViewStations available for loan to our member schools

  • High quality images-enhanced 15 frames per second video at 128 kbps and 30 fps at 384/512 kbps
  • Exceptional sound quality: hear everything that is said with Polycom's crystal-clear, full-duplex digital audio with noise suppression and echo cancellation
  • Hold more natural videoconference meetings-unique voice-tracking camera and track -to-preset function automatically focuses on the speaker
  • Web based integrated presentation system makes it easy to share graphics and slides as part of your videoconference
  • Easy-to-use system-simple installation and set-up with intuitive graphical user interface
  • Embedded Web server and Ethernet hub capabilities - enables remote system management, diagnostics and simple software upgrades via the Internet/Intranet