Individuals taking our online courses will need access to the internet, e-mail and a computer on a regular basis. The courses are available online 24/7. Each course follows a weekly schedule to enable discussion of lesson material in the discussion forum. You will have the ability to share resources, best practices and experiences with other participants and the instructor that will directly benefit the work you do every day. It is up to you to decide when to participate in the discussion forums, but it is recommended that you set aside course time to ensure you keep on top of your workload. If you know you are going to be busy or away, you can work ahead or catch up when you return. A student typically spends 10 hours per week, but this can vary depending on your experience level in a given topic area, and may increase leading up to an assignment due date. Twenty percent of the course mark is assigned to participation in the discussion forum.
Each course also requires the completion of two assignments, with two fixed deadlines. For these assignments, you are encouraged to act as a “consultant” for your organization, which means your course work has immediate and practical application your organization. There are assigned questions in the discussion forum that will help get you thinking about your organization. The balance of the mark, eighty percent is assigned to the assignments.
The instructor will offer guidance and feedback for assignments and monitor and as required, contribute to the discussion forum.
Individuals that are unable to leave their community for any length of time, who are comfortable with the internet and who have some social media experience will find this format a convenient way to take a course.