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Technology & Support

Networking

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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 Tablet specific applications for accessing the course management system, interactive tools including, and lectures
Application for display on smartphone Yes
Description of application for smartphone Mobile specific applications for accessing the course management system, interactive tools including, and lectures
Bulletin boards Yes
Simulations Yes
Online labs Yes
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 Mobile Yes
Other software Yes
Other software description Applications developed in house for homework and exams submission, additional interactive tools, and electronic grading applications

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 Yes
Mentoring Yes
Technical support Yes
Live tutoring Yes
Writing workshops Yes
Same services provided 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) Usually
Weekend nights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm) Usually
Weekend overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am) Sometimes
Weekdays (7:00 am - 5:59 pm) Always
Weeknights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm) Always
Weekday overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am) Sometimes

Structure

Archived classes All
Classes can be received live All
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. Most
Percentage of classes with lectures All
Student-student engagement
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) Yes
Skype or other visual software Yes

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 Yes
Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered Multiple geographically dispersed settings
Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity (as submitted by school)

All online students have exams proctored in person by proctors and exam sites. Every proctor must adhere to strict exams policies as well as receive and return exams within a 24 hour period. Additional tools are used to detect plagiarism for submitted documents and programming projects. All homework and exams are additionally logged and time stamped, as well as returned materials. We verify all homework and exam pick up via ID for faculty and grading assistants.

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