Western Michigan University

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Technology & Support

Networking

LinkedIn N/A

Technology

Usable for classes
Apple Yes
PC Yes
Required Internet speed DSL
Delivery modes
Live streaming video No
Live streaming audio No
Recorded video Yes
Recorded audio Yes
Software-based readers Yes
Application for display on tablet computer Yes
Description of tablet application Platform independent applications
Application for display on smartphone Yes
Description of application for smartphone No
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

Desire2Learn Yes

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 No
Mentoring No
Technical support Yes
Live tutoring No
Writing workshops No
Same services for all online programs Yes
Instructor response expected within (hours) N/A
24-7 live tech support No
Tech support availability
Weekend days (7:00 am - 5:59 pm) Sometimes
Weekend nights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm) Never
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 None
Student-student engagement
Online chatrooms Yes
Web conferencing (webinars) Yes
Skype or other visual software N/A

Requirements

New-student orientation Optional
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 Minority
Class participation graded Yes

Assessment

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

Courses are designed to use authentic assessment methods such as writing essays and discussing topics.

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