Online Delivery System
The online delivery system includes live class sessions and other web-based activities; each course incorporates some or all of these teaching and learning formats selected to facilitate interaction between instructor and learners and collaboration among learners and to promote engagement with and mastery of knowledge, skills and values associated with course content.
Live sessions are synchronous formats (delivered in real time) that permit simultaneous contact and interaction by multiple individuals.
Live Class Sessions
Most courses use the desktop conferencing system to conduct live, interactive class sessions in real times on scheduled dates and times at regular intervals throughout the semester. Live class sessions also are archived so that learners can review materials throughout the semester.
Live class sessions may include some or all of the following activities:
- presentations by instructor or guests
- slides with text and images
- links to web sites
- application sharing
- audio or video segments
- whole class group discussion
- break-out discussion groups
- presentations by learners
- polling questions to assess knowledge
Virtual Office Hours
Many instructors post dates and times when they will be available for virtual office hours using the desktop conferencing program link within the course.
Individual or Small Group Conferences
Some courses require learners to meet with the instructor, other staff or other students in small groups to discuss course progress, plan and complete group assignments, or coordinate activities between sites and personnel.
Web-based activities are asynchronous formats (delivered on demand) that permit individual (and often repeated examination) access at the person’s convenience.
Content presentation can be accomplished by any of the following mechanisms:
- text documents
- image displays
- audio and video segments
- links to web sites
- readings on electronic reserve
Often, instructors design a series of Learning Modules , each of which incorporate all or some of these components into a set of materials related to a specific topic within the course.
Learner interactions can be accomplished by any of the following mechanisms:
- electronic mail
- discussion boards
- personal journals
- feedback on submitted work
Learning assessments can be accomplished in several ways:
- quizzes and exams
- individual and group assignments
- recorded presentations
- course participation