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Teaching and Learning Environment

We offer a variety of curriculum delivery formats to provide a high quality learning experience. These include traditional face-to-face classroom instruction and virtual instruction via distance education (DE) technology.

As a result, nearly all elective courses are taught using virtual instruction and all students participate in the online classroom during their graduate study. Students studying on the Knoxville campus will begin their program with face-to-face classes for the three required courses (IS 510, IS 520, and IS 530). They will then continue their studies and join distance students in the online classes to complete the program.

While students enrolled in the DE program are required to have access to hardware, software, and an Internet Service Provide, students taking courses on campus are encouraged to purchase equivalent hardware and software. The School offers a small computer lab in 440 Communications Building, affectionately known as Dewey's Den and Commons. Several Apple i-Mac computers with large, flat screen displays, scanners, and printers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dewey's Den and Commons is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for extended hours, staff permitting.

We are proud that we provide quality education to meet students needs regardless of where the student may live.


  • Face-to-face interaction with faculty and other campus students
  • Opportunities to attend and/or particiapte in research forums, special lectures, sporting events, and other student activities
  • Access to campus facilities, resources, and services such as student health services