At a scheduled time, all the learners, who are signed up for the class, login to the classroom on their computer.
At the same time, the class instructor also logs into the classroom. Using the computer’s keyboard, speakers, microphone and screen, each participant can talk, text chat, view and work together on a whiteboard.
Live Classes usually last 2-hours and can range from 1 to 6 sessions.
These short courses range from 3 to 6 weeks in length. Assignments and activities are done on a weekly basis throughout the course.
During this time, the learner logs in to the online system at any time that is convenient for them. An instructor guides the class through the course using email, chat and online forum-style discussions.
Learners taking Short Courses use an online system called Moodle.
With Independent Study courses, there are no scheduled classes and learners progress through the course at their own pace.
They can log into the online system any time that is convenient for them, to watch a video, take a test or read a chapter. Help and guidance is available to the learner from their online mentor.
Learners taking Independent Study Classes use an online system called Plato.