Boston University Online Education – About Us
Boston University’s award-winning online programs are designed via a unique collaboration between Boston University’s Distance Education office and faculty members throughout the University’s schools and colleges.
As part of Boston University Extended Education, the Distance Education office consists of a team of instructional designers, media producers, and support staff who specialize in online education. The office serves as a resource for Boston University schools and colleges that seek to develop online programs, and works closely with faculty to ensure that the online experience reflects the high caliber, rigorous education for which Boston University is recognized throughout the world.
The faculty and staff who design and create online and blended programs at Boston University understand that the computer is a unique and powerful educational tool—one that can engage the full learning potential of every student. Online programs at Boston University employ technology to create an exciting and interactive online environment that incorporates simulations, video, audio, multimedia, and group activities such as discussion boards.
A vital component of all online programs at Boston University is the availability of outstanding Student & Faculty Support. The team of support administrators within the Distance Education office ensure that online students receive prompt and attentive assistance throughout their learning experience at Boston University, from application and registration to technical support to graduation details.
On campus or online, a degree from Boston University—ranked #42 in the nation and #46 among Best Global Universities by U.S. News & World Report—represents achievement of a high academic standard. In 2012, the University was invited into the Association of American Universities (AAU), an exclusive consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. In addition, since 1929 Boston University has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six regional accrediting organizations in the United States. More information on BU’s accreditation can be found here.
Boston University’s office of Distance Education is active in the online education community, with membership in the following associations:
- University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
- The Online Learning Consortium (formerly known as Sloan Consortium)
- United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)