Instructors and students communicate and interact with each other in the following ways:
- Announcements are used by the instructor to remind students as to date, time and topic for the week’s chat sessions, alert students to any changes in scheduled due dates or assignments, and other important information about the class.
- At the discretion of the instructor, chat room sessions may be called, in which the main topics are covered in the form of short questions and answers. If a student cannot attend one of the scheduled or impromptu sessions, there is a log of the entire question and answer dialog that can be accessed any time during the course.
- Ongoing threaded discussions called “Discussions Boards” are used by both instructors and by students to ask and answer questions about the key concepts in the course. Unlike chat room sessions in which everyone participates together during a scheduled time period, students can post answers to instructor’s Discussions Board questions and post questions of their own, at any time of the day or night.
- Email can be used to communicate personal questions and issues. Instructors are asked to respond, or at least acknowledge receipt of student emails within 24 hours of receipt.
- Grade book - Within one week after the end of each week, the instructor posts the grades for student participation in chat rooms and discussion boards, homework assignments, and any quizzes or exams for that week. Students can then access the Grade book and view their exams. Any wrong answers are clearly marked, and the correct answer is provided. Students will be graded based on test results and quality of work and demonstration of knowledge through assignments.