Inside Distance Education at Eastern
Like every Eastern on-campus academic program, Distance Education (DE) courses in the College of Justice & Safety are built on three core components: dedicated teaching faculty with extensive field experience; robust structures for student support and success; and continuous interweaving of principles and practice. With an array of online technologies and delivery methods, DE students from around the country are learning, collaborating and creating new knowledge.
We invite you to “take” a DE course, meet faculty and staff, browse a syllabus and sample assignments and step (safely) inside a house fire. See why employers everywhere esteem the rigor, breadth, and professional preparation of our students and why students call Eastern’s DE programs unique in both challenge and support.
We hope you’ll spend a few minutes clicking through the entries below, but don’t worry -- there’s no tuition, no quiz at the end and no papers to write!
Click through below for a taste of the DE experience.
Look into a DE course
Browse a syllabus from a course on the juvenile justice system, issues of delinquency in the United States and the range of responses to these issues.
Auditing in safety, fire, security and emergency management settings is a highly specialized skill. How do students gain skills and confidence in this complex, highly regulated field?
See a week’s coursework
How do a week’s varied assignments in a course on Homeland Security Policy Analysis address issues as varied as bioterrorism preparedness, “distributed energy,” and public sector responses to Hurricane Katrina?
Follow an assignment
A carefully designed assignment on gang behavior builds students’ critical and analytic thinking skills while group components prepare for professional problem-solving challenges.
Watch a lecture and demo
How do criminologists turn theory into usable research data? A discussion of methods to reduce recidivism shows how professionals balance qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Step inside a fire chamber (safely) while an expert walks students through the complex chemical and physical processes as a smoldering couch builds to a conflagration.
Step into a fire safety lab
Meet DE faculty and staff
Lou Martin, ’01, ’02, ’04, assistant coordinator and advisor for undergraduate online degree and certificate programs, describes her role in the DE program.
Dr. Tom Schneid, professor in the department of safety, security & emergency management, speaks about the “uniquely Eastern” quality of this program.