University of Massachusetts—​Amherst

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Technology & Support

Networking

LinkedIn N/A

Technology

Usable for classes
Apple Yes
PC Yes
Required Internet speed 56k
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 BbMobile is in use
Application for display on smartphone Yes
Description of application for smartphone BbMobile is in use
Bulletin boards Yes
Simulations No
Online labs No
Courses designed by certified instructional designers No
Courses designed by an outside firm No
Learning management system used N/A

Types of Learning Management Systems Used

Adobe Connect Yes
Blackboard Yes
Blackboard Collaborate Yes
Blackboard Connect Yes
Blackboard Learn Yes
Blackboard Mobile Yes
Blackboard WebCT Yes
Moodle Yes
Other software Yes
Other software description Bb Collaborate, Wimba Voice Tools, Echo 360, Camtasia, Jing, Respondus, Safe Assign, TurnItIn, WordPress, Sxythos, Mathematica, Helix Real Media Server, Proprietary Sstreaming Server

Support

Services
Academic advising Yes
Bookstore No
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 No
Mentoring Yes
Technical support Yes
Live tutoring Yes
Writing workshops No
Same services for all online programs N/A
Instructor response expected within (hours) 48
24-7 live tech support Yes

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) N/A
Skype or other visual software N/A

Requirements

New-student orientation Optional
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 No
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

Faculty check assignments to see if students have cited work used. The College has a course syllabi policy

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