The University also utilizes the Populi College Management System. Virtually all activity at the University can be accessed through the Student Learning Center. Students are informed in advance of registration of the breakdown of time spent in face-to-face instruction and the amount of time to be spent on online instruction. The duration of each course is eight (8) weeks.
Online courses are taught using a variety of Internet-based tools. These tools include various methods of asynchronous and synchronous communication. Asynchronous communication tools are those that students can access 24 hours 7 days a week and may include:
- Posting of course materials: (text, graphics, video and audio files) on a course web page allows a student to access reading materials, assignment criteria, instructions, and links to supplemental resources, etc.
- File Exchange: Allows a student using e-mail attachments, digital drop boxes, or file-transfer- protocols to exchange files between students and instructors.
- E-mail: Allows digital communication between class participants and students and instructors.
- Discussion Boards: Allows multiple-person discussions (either posted to a website or via e-mail) to occur within the class.
- Other: i.e., newsgroups (large discussion boards outside of class participation)