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By offering our courses to online students, we extend our ability to prepare future leaders around the globe. These are not independent-study courses, but live online classes attended by on-campus students and instructors as well. Full and part-time online students are equally welcome.
Online students enjoy the following features:
Giving and receiving support is essential when embarking as an online student physically distant from classmates. Unlike self-study courses, however, each class is conducted in real time with a live conversational atmosphere whether attending in person or streaming in. This creates a vibrant combined community in which the ability to participate is equal for all. Students also reach out to each other frequently to share their enthusiasm and support. Genuine friendships are forged across these communities as though physical neighbors in the same city.
Classes are generally capped at 15 students in a mix of local and remote attendees, plus one or two instructors. The live streaming software we provide online is similar to Skype, but with higher quality and additional features. Below are some of the highlights:
In addition, foreign language courses are facilitated by online partners including Rosetta Stone.
On occasion a student may wish to take a course that is not being offered that semester. Upon administrative approval, students may be given the opportunity to take independent-study courses arranged with a faculty member. These typically include a number of personal discussion sessions with the instructor before completion. To enhance these courses, a student may be allowed to make use of recorded online class sessions, lectures and other materials from past semesters available via OLS My Media. Students using the independent study method are expected to make special efforts to discuss their material outside the classroom environment. Writing assignments are submitted and graded in the normal fashion.
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