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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 No
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 used N/A

Types of Learning Management Systems Used

Blackboard Collaborate Yes
Other software Yes
Other software description ANGEL, YouSeeU, VoiceThread, PBWorks, Yammer

Support

Services
Academic advising Yes
Bookstore Yes
Career placement assistance No
Email address Yes
Financial aid office/services Yes
Access to digitized library materials Yes
Access to live librarian Yes
Local area network Yes
Mentoring No
Technical support Yes
Live tutoring Yes
Writing workshops No
Same services 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

Structure

Archived classes All
Classes can be received live None
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. None
Percentage of classes with lectures 26-50
Student-student engagement
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) Yes
Skype or other visual software Yes

Requirements

New-student orientation No
Review and sign ethics statement Yes
Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation 4
Courses requiring students to work collaboratively 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)

Most assessment strategies in our graduate education courses are group based and project based which involve major papers and presentations. Few if any require exams. In the case of major papers faculty have access to Turnitin where they can determine if any sections of a paper have been plagiarized from others. Further, through the combination of group work, online discussions, synchronous meetings through Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate Live), and other assignments the faculty member can draw upon the results of past work to determine if a current submission may have been submitted by another person.

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