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Online course structure

Online course structure photoThis program is designed to reach potential students anywhere in the world. Its structure and planning offer a balance between flexibility of scheduling and the power of personal contact, while remaining totally independent of geographical location. The courses are designed to be accessed with a wide range of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets (iPads, Playbook, Galaxy, etc.), which favours the development of a truly mobile, anywhere and anytime learning culture.

A typical 36-hour (three-credit) course will be articulated in 12 weekly mandatory modules. each including:

  • Approximately one hour of video clip-based lecture broken down into two to three segments, each 10 to 12 minutes long. The video clips will be written by a content expert (professor from our own Faculty or a recognized expert from another institution). The clips will be produced and published on YouTube.com. They must be viewed prior to the tutorial sessions. Students should subscribe to the course YouTube channel so they don't miss any video clips.
  • One hour of synchronous group tutorial activities in Adobe Connect. The Connect video conferencing sessions will be planned in detail by the professor (content expert) in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Office, and will rely heavily on Analysis and Synthesis questions. The tutorial activities in the session will primarily be facilitated by the course instructor or a teaching assistant.
  • The final element of each session will include at least one hour devoted to online activities such as forum discussions and self-directed learning activities, as specified in the course calendar below, using a wide variety of online resources as chosen primarily by the students.
  • The Blackboard course web site will be used:
    • For posting the syllabus.
    • As an initial email system.
    • As a document repository and to upload assignments.
    Students should consult Blackboard regularly and use the links there as part of their research tool collection. However, a vast array of other tools will supplement and supplant Blackboard.
Although the session characteristics above cover the basic three-hour commitment to the class sessions, please note that additional readings or other course work will be expected from the students through the inquiry/problem-based learning processes. While the Blackboard course site will be the official website for this course, other environments will be explored, used and analyzed. The links for each of these will be posted on the Blackboard site as learners progress through each course.
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