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About MVCR Courses

Courses Overview

The first course in the series, an eight-week class entitled Online Learning: An Overview, was introduced in the Spring of 1999. Since then, the MVCR catalog has continued to expand and MVCR now offers 9 different 8-week courses, plus a concluding Practicum. We are also continually developing new courses including our new advanced online seminars. These courses are conveniently offered within the framework of an academic calendar year that includes Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The courses take place wherever your computer is: at home, at work, on the road - anywhere you can connect to the Internet. No campus visits are ever required. Furthermore, you can earn various forms of credit including graduate credit hours by taking these courses.

What is the course structure?
All MVCR courses are delivered entirely online and rely on asynchronous discussion and collaboration as the principle form of communication. Technically, there are no class times. Most courses will also have optional synchronous online chats or office hours, and said resource is available for students to meet as groups online. The courses take place wherever your computer is: at home, at work, on the road - anywhere you can connect to the Internet. No campus visits are ever required. Participants interact with one another and with the instructor extensively via a Web-based conferencing system.

Course content is broken into modules, each of which cover a specific topic. Most, if not all, of the materials you will use in your course are online. Your instructor may recommend books or additional paper-based resources.

The course instructors model the strategies that participants will eventually use in their own online courses, and the online format gives participants new to online teaching an opportunity to experience the virtual classroom from a student's perspective.

Because these online training courses are delivered asynchronously over an extended period, participants are able to interact with the content and with other participants at their convenience and dedicate as much time as they can afford to the process. This allows the instructor and participants to reflect on course content in far greater depth and more thoroughly than can be accomplished in a 3-hour face-to-face workshop. These courses are not self-paced however. Participants work through the material in the course together and are expected to communicate frequently with others in the course.

Where do the classes take place?
The courses take place wherever your computer is: at home, at work, on the road - anywhere you can connect to the Internet. No campus visits are ever required. Our courses are taught within the Moodle course management system.

When do the classes meet?
Technically, there are no class times. Online courses are conducted "asynchronously," which means individuals "take turns" sending text messages back and forth between students and instructors. Most instructors require frequent participation online. You can log onto the system whenever it is convenient for you, at any time, day or night, to retrieve and/or send course information. This way you receive constant feedback and interaction, but do not need to be online at a set time of day.

How much time will the course take?
You should plan to spend five to ten hours per week in each MVCR course. Those participants who spend more than ten hours will find that they learn more in the process. "The more you put in, the more you get out."

How will you login?
Each course is in the course conferencing program. Upon registration, you will be sent an email containing information on the MVCR orientation program containing more information about accessing your course. At 12:00 a.m. on the day that the course officially begins, you will be able to login and begin the course materials, but the orientation course is available immediately once you have registered for a course.

Course Policies

MVCR course policies include privacy issues, grading, behavior, payment, participation, and copyright and student ownership

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