Pennsylvania State University—​World Campus

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Technology & Support

Networking

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Technology

Usable for classes
Apple Yes
PC Yes
Required Internet speed DSL
Delivery modes
Live streaming video Yes
Live streaming audio Yes
Recorded video Yes
Recorded audio Yes
Software-based readers Yes
Application for display on tablet computer Yes
Description of tablet application No
Application for display on smartphone No
Description of application for smartphone No
Bulletin boards Yes
Simulations Yes
Online labs No
Courses designed by certified instructional designers Yes
Courses designed by an outside firm No
Learning management system N/A

Types of Learning Management Systems Used

Blackboard Collaborate Yes
Other software Yes
Other software description Movable Type, Microsoft Project, LINKS, MAS, PBWorks
Adobe Connect Yes

Support

Services
Academic advising Yes
Bookstore Yes
Career placement assistance Yes
Email address Yes
Financial aid office/services Yes
Access to digitized library materials Yes
Access to live librarian Yes
Local area network No
Mentoring Yes
Technical support Yes
Live tutoring Yes
Writing workshops No
Services the same for all online programs Yes
Instructor response expected within (hours) 24
24-7 live tech support No
Tech support availability
Weekend days (7:00 am - 5:59 pm) Always
Weekend nights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm) Sometimes
Weekend overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am) Never
Weekdays (7:00 am - 5:59 pm) Always
Weeknights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm) Always
Weekday overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am) Never

Career Center

Dedicated business school career center Yes
School tracks alumni No
Alumni on which school collected usable information N/A

Structure

Archived classes All
Classes can be received live None
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. N/A
Percentage of classes with lectures 1-25
Student-student engagement
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) Yes
Skype or other visual software Yes

Requirements

New-student orientation Yes
Review and sign ethics statement Yes
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 8
Courses requiring students to work collabratively with other students Majority
Class participation graded Yes

Assessment

Exams No
Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered N/A
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Assessments strategies in Penn State University’s online Graduate Business program courses consist of group, project, and case-based assignments, and include major papers and presentations as key deliverables. Faculty members have access to Turnitin, a tool used to determine if sections of a paper have been plagiarized. Through a combination of group work, online discussion, synchronous supplemental meetings, and assignments, and maintaining a high quality teaching presence, the faculty build upon the results of previous work to determine if a submission may have been plagiarized.

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