University of Texas—​Brownsville

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Technology & Support

Networking

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Technology

Usable for classes
Apple Yes
PC Yes
Required Internet speed 256k
Delivery modes
Live streaming video Yes
Live streaming audio Yes
Recorded video Yes
Recorded audio Yes
Software-based readers No
Application for display on tablet computer Yes
Description of tablet application Blackboard App for accessing course content on mobile devices. Apps for IM, chat, cloud storage, file sharing, and video conferencing.
Application for display on smartphone Yes
Description of application for smartphone All course content is accessible via smart devices. Collaboration and communication tools also available.
Bulletin boards Yes
Simulations Yes
Online labs Yes
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 Yes
Blackboard Collaborate Yes
Blackboard Learn Yes
Blackboard Mobile Yes
Other software Yes
Other software description Blackboard IM and Tegrity

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 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) Always
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 Majority
Classes can be received live Majority
Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m. All
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 No
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)

All assessments in the program are project-based that require original work. Original works must be submitted through Safe Assign to verify originality.

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