MSOL Online FAQ


 
When does the online week commence and conclude?

The online week commences on Tuesday at 12:01am ET and concludes on the following Monday at 11:59pm ET.

What is the duration of each course?

Each course is five weeks in duration and the courses follow each other in sequence, one course at a time as laid out under “Curriculum” on the EXPLORE Tab under MSOL Links. 

Do I have to be online within a specific timeframe?

Online courses do not meet at a certain time in a given day, apart from the weekly “Live Synchronous” session (which is taped for future viewing), but rather the course spans over a five week period.  Like any type of course, there are due dates for assignments, projects, discussions, etc.  In the online community, assignments must simply be posted by their due dates.

How does online education differ from the traditional classroom education?

All of the elements necessary for a MSOL education are present in the online format:  instruction from faculty who are experienced in their field (both academically and professionally), challenging assignments, lectures and discussions.  In online education each traditional activity has an appropriate counterpart.  Instead of the traditional classroom format, online students watch video clips, YouTube links, etc., as well as power point presentations of the lecture material.  Instead of handing in paper assignments, students submit their papers electronically and receive feedback and grades online.  Rather than talking with fellow students on campus before and after class, online students participate in asynchronous discussion forums.

What does the online week look like?

Each course is five weeks in duration, each week commencing on Tuesday at 12:01am ET and concluding on the following Monday at 11:59pm ET, during which students are assigned a series of tasks to accomplish before the end of each week.  These tasks include readings, lectures via power point presentations, video clips, YouTube links, etc., the completion and posting of assignments, participation in three graded asynchronous discussion forums with one another and with the professor, a weekly “Live Synchronous” session with the professor, as well as the possibility of weekly quizzes, a final examination, or course project.

What if I am out of town, on vacation, or unavailable while the class is in session?

If you have a laptop, or can get online, class can always be in session.  That is the flexibility of online education.  If you have to be away from your computer, keep in mind that online courses do not meet at a certain time in a given day, apart from the weekly “Live Synchronous” session (which is taped for future viewing), but rather the course spans over a five week period.  Like any type of course, there are due dates for assignments, projects, discussions, etc.  In the online community, assignments must simply be posted by their due dates.  Hence, if someone knows they will be out of town when a particular assignment is due, the work must be completed early and posted accordingly.  Special arrangements or emergencies are handled with the assigned professor.