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Distance Education Resource Center

Shaw University provides courses in four modalities: face-to-face, online, and hybrid. Distance Education can be more convenient, effective, and rewarding than traditional face-to-face classes, but convenience doesn't mean it's easier. Success in Distance Education requires being proactive in your studies and taking responsibility for your own learning. 


An online course does not have scheduled on campus class meetings. It is an integrated learning program entirely accessed via a computer with an internet connection, except for proctored exams, if required. Shaw University uses Moodle as its course management system.


A blended (hybrid) course is taught partly in the classroom and partly online. Blended courses allow the student to benefit from both methods of teaching: online and face-to-face.

Students will be required to attend a certain number of on-campus class meetings. In addition, some of the required meetings will be held online. The online portion of the class allows students to attend "virtual" classrooms via the Internet.

Shaw Bears Distance Education Network (DEN)

The mission of the Shaw Bears Distance Education Network (DEN) is to ensure the integrity, rigor, and equality in all courses utilizing online, video-teleconference, and hybrid learning environments. In establishing this network, the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning aims to support Shaw University’s goal to increase student enrollment, retention, and satisfaction in distance education courses by

  • Ensuring compliance of online and hybrid/blended courses in each department
  • Facilitating ongoing communication about the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning and Distance Education