Delivery Methods

Program Delivery Methods and Technology Requirements

The following distance learning delivery methods may be used for NPS DL programs. Programs may use one or more of these delivery methods. Please check your program of interest to find out which methods are used specifically for that program.

NPS Asynchronous classes are taken without any classroom attendance necessary. After registration and enrollment, you will be sent instructions on how to access the course material via Sakai. The web-based courses are paced week-to-week but students have great flexibility to do coursework at times of their choosing during each week. Courses are faculty led and allow interaction between instructor and other students. For more information see also the technical requirements for asynchronous classes.

Defense Connect Online (DCO)
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) picked Adobe and Carahsoft to provide a suite of collaboration tools for the DOD's classified and unclassified networks. Defense Connect Online (DCO) is comprised of three main components: the DCO portal, Adobe Connect for web conferencing, and the DCO XMPP chat client for presence and awareness. Recently, DISA has released an alternate DCO URL. Users now have two locations to host and attend meetings, and are encouraged to use the alternate URL when possible.

Some DL classes are currently being offered via Collaborate. Collaborate is a web based collaboration system that supports Video and Voice over IP, text chat, an interactive white board, application sharing, document sharing, and video sharing. To test your connection to the NPS Collaborate system and get additional information about this application, please visit the Collaborate Page.

Note: The use of a microphone headset combination is encouraged but not required. Webcams are optional. Acquiring equipment is the student’s responsibility.

Video-Tele-Education (VTE) uses two-way audio-video teleconferencing that requires sites to have ISDN H.320 standard capable systems with 384 Kbps preferred connect speed. IP connections may be possible upon arrangement with NPS VTE support staff

A VTE location may be required for participation in this program.

The technical requirements for a VTE location and student guidelines can be found in this document.

NPS classes are delivered in person by an NPS faculty member who is co-located with students. Primary locations for face-to-face delivery are Patuxent River, MD and San Diego, CA.