Air Force Print News (March 13, 2007): AFIT offers distance learning degree program.
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 8,023 acres (3,247 hectares), W Ohio, NE of Dayton; est. 1917. One of the largest airport installations in the world, it is the air force's main research and development base, and the headquarters of the , Ohio -- The Air Force Institute of Technology The Naval Postgraduate School serves a similar purpose for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Army does not have a comparable school; Army officers study at the Naval Postgraduate School or AFIT. recently achieved two milestones that will help the school move forward into the 21 st century and serve the Air Force with greater responsiveness.
This month, AFIT AFIT Air Force Institute of Technology
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AFIT Arizona Forum for the Improvement of Taxation began offering its first distance learning graduate degree program. AFIT has been using DL technologies to offer graduate certificate programs as well as professional continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
or adult education
Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). for some time. But with this pilot program in Systems Engineering, it is now possible for military members, DoD civilians A Federal civilian employee of the Department of Defense directly hired and paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds, under permanent or temporary appointment. Specifically excluded are contractors and foreign host nationals as well as third country civilians. , and government contractors A government contractor is a private company that produces goods or services under contract for the government. Often the terms of the contract specify cost plus – i.e., the contractor gets paid for its costs, plus a specified profit margin. across the country to earn a master's degree master's degree
An academic degree conferred by a college or university upon those who complete at least one year of prescribed study beyond the bachelor's degree.
Noun 1. from AFIT without moving to Ohio or leaving their current assignments.
"Students interested in getting a master's degree in Systems Engineering can do so in any number of ways," said Dr. David Jacques, the curriculum chair for AFIT's Systems Engineering Program. "What makes our program so unique is that it is geared toward the DoD employee. Our faculty uses its extensive military background to create a defense-centered educational experience."
"During their research, our students are encouraged to tackle real-world systems problems found in their workplace," said George Mooney, director of AFIT's Center for Systems Engineering. "That way, students can make strides toward obtaining their master's degree while helping the Air Force--more specifically, while helping the student's own organization or company."
"Students who enroll in our master's program may get transferred to another assignment, but they can still keep working on their degree," said Lt. Col. Brian Hermann, an AFIT DL instructor. "I think that's a huge benefit for the military student."
The second AFIT milestone was the recent opening of the graduate school's brand-new DL studio suite. After an interior construction and renovation project, the school installed new equipment in the studio suite to facilitate an expanding distance learning outreach Outreach is an effort by an organization or group to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. .
"Our goal was to create a flexible toolbox See toolkit and toolbar. that faculty members could use to create streamable content, as well as interact in real-time with the distance learning student," said John Reisner, director of AFIT's Office of Extension Services. Previously, the school relied on video-teleconferences to deliver educational content to the remote student.
"We wanted to use technologies that were more versatile and more scalable without sacrificing quality," said Dr. Marlin Thomas, dean of AFIT's Graduate School of Engineering and Management. "Our new studios have empowered the faculty to do that."
With a newly hired staff, the Graduate School's Extension Services office is poised to help the school realize its goal of becoming an increasingly important educational resource for agencies and organizations across the Air Force and DoD. In January 2007, AFIT's Center for Space Studies and Research began offering the Graduate School's second certificate program fully available online: the Graduate Space Systems Certificate. This recent growth of DL educational opportunities has meant a spike in the numbers of students taking advantage of these programs, and the school is optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
op that this is only the beginning.
Prospective students interested in learning more about DL programs offered by AFIT's Graduate School of Engineering and Management can visit AFIT's Office of Extension Services' Web site at <www.afit.edu/en/dl>.