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Hence, the Theology and Religious Studies faculty, with the purpose of addressing this educational need, is expanding its offering with a Distance Learning campus.
In addition, the Distance Learning mode will make the programme more accessible to a wider range of potential students.
Appropriate forms of delivery and assessment will be offered to Distance Learning students to ensure comparability of learning opportunity.
Online teaching will include real-time (synchronous) and anytime-anywhere (asynchronous) interactions. Lectures and seminars onsite will be video or audio recorded; within 24 hours the recordings will be available in the moodle environment.
During the two and half years of online delivery of non-accredited courses, with more than 400 students, we developed the following synchronous methods of teaching:
We are using the following asynchronous methods:
Whenever possible, equal assessment methods will be used for onsite and online delivery. Alternative assessment assignments will be utilized for online students when required (e.g. an essay or a book review instead of an exam).
A variety of assessment methods will be available according to each module’s aims and learning outcomes.
Formal assessment may include essays, book and article reviews, project reports, reflective writing, case studies, dissertations, and other suitable assignments.
In addition, informal formative assessment may be employed by tutors in the moodle learning environment. Examples of such tasks may include quizzes, checklists, group discussion, presentations, tests, and similar assignments, which will prepare students for the formal assessment.
Weekly webinar class which will be stored online for later reference;
Students who do not fully appreciate the process of obtaining a degree in higher education may be at an increased risk of not completing the coursework in this learning environment. Likewise, students unable on their own to effectively ferret out the most important course information may not survive an online learning experience.
The online learning process is normally accelerated and requires commitment on the student’s part. Staying up with the class and completing all work on time is vital.
Once a student gets behind, it is hard to catch up. Basically, the student needs to want to be there, and needs to want the experience.
The instructor may have to contact students personally to offer assistance and remind the student of the need to keep up. Just as many excellent instructors may not be effective online facilitators, not all students possess the necessary qualities to perform well online.
Bhaktivedanta College Online Campus (BCOC) gives maximum priority to rapidly responding to students’ needs in terms of academic, technical, personal, and administrative support. Tutors respond to students’ email or forum questions within 24 hours. Moreover, computer experts are ready to support both students and tutors with any technical issues that may arise.
During the induction week in the beginning of the first academic year, students are introduced to the essentials of academic study, and equipped with basic academic and technical skills. Online students will be provided with an online guidance handbook besides receiving the regular Bhaktivedanta College Students’ Handbook.
Throughout the year, distance learning students will be invited to participate in regular study skills and critical thinking seminars and workshops. Every student will have a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) for personal guidance and tutorials, from the beginning of the school year. In addition the College is committed to develop an online mentoring programme in order to proactively assist students according to their needs. Regular feedback will be requested from students in order to ascertain and better address their needs.
Digital course readers and other study materials will be available in the moodle learning environment for every student, as well as access to online libraries for which the College has a subscription. In addition, digital books and articles may be provided for specific modules. Recommended online research libraries and bookstores links will be similarly made available in the virtual learning environment.
All applications can be sent by e-mail.
When your applications papers have been received and fully reviewed, an admission committee member will invite you for an interview (preferably in person, or by a telephone link).
Here is a list of documents you will need to send:
For the Online students 70% of the tuition fees are due in the beginning of the 1st term (15th August), 15% are due at the beginning of each the 2nd and 3rd terms (15th December and 15th February).
All financial arrangements relating to continuing students will be the same as for their first year of study.
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