Students receive a course package of print and other media (e.g., textbooks, study guides, audiotapes, videotapes, CD-ROM, diskettes and more). In addition, students are expected to use computer-mediated communications for the following purposes:
*Note: the maximum number of courses a student may take per semester is two; any more than that will require special approval from the MA-IS Office.
In grouped-study courses, learners work through course materials as a cohort. Individual learning is supplemented with participation in group learning exercises and group discussions. Moodle forums are used to enhance print-based course materials. Typically students have an opportunity to work with and discuss course-related material with their peers over the course of a week.
Grouped-study courses are subject to the Program's computer requirements policy.
Individualized study courses begin on the first day of every month. Course registration form and fees must be received by the MA-IS Office at least one month in advance of your intended start date.Individualized study courses comprise a self-directed learning environment. Typically, learners are required to:
Students communicate with their instructor via e-mail, and assignments are submitted via the internet. Computer conferencing may be used to enhance print-based course materials; therefore, learners must have access to a computer that meets the University's prescribed standard computer requirements. It is imperative that students have regular and reliable internet access because instructional support is primarily by e-mail.
Always consider availability when selecting courses: some courses are not always available, nor are some instructors. There may be instances when an instructor is unavailable for several weeks during a six-month period (research and study leave, for example). Normally students can work without direct supervision during these periods, but students who find their learning negatively impacted by such absences should contact the MA-IS Office to have their course-contract extended. Should course-related questions arise during an instructor's absence, students should contact the MA-IS Office for assistance.
Courses available for individualized study begin on the first day of every month, on a year-round basis. Registrations for individualized study courses must be received by the MA-IS Office at least one month prior to the course start date. The course-contract period for individualized study courses is six months.
Updated February 24 2016 by Student & Academic Services