Learning Delivery Tools
There are two types of systems used to deliver online courses, the first is Canvas, a learning management system. Canvas can be accessed by students via the MyStevens portal, where all of the course homepages are found.
When a student is enrolled in a course, they can go to Canvas to download lecture content, interact with teammates using e-mail and discussion boards, complete assignments and assessments and meet with their instructor live using the web-conferencing tool that's embedded in every course.
The web-conferencing tool is called Blackboard Collaborate. This system allows instructors and students to participate in real-time, recorded, and "on-demand" events. In a typical class that utilizes web conferencing, the instructor may conduct periodic sessions to deliver lectures, review homework, hold office hours, or answer questions.
Recordings Available, Anytime
Most web conferencing events are recorded so that students can play them back as many times as needed. Instructors may also create pre-recorded or "on-demand" events that cover a specific topic or assignment. Links to these on-demand events are available in the online course.
A Value-Added Service
Students can use the web conferencing system to conduct web conferences with their classmates in preparation for projects. This gives students the opportunity to practice their virtual teaming skills. Students who wish to make use of this service should contact their professor.
Rewards of Participation
Instructors have cited cases where students, through their active participation in web conferences, were able to demonstrate a much better understanding of class concepts then they would have otherwise. Many students have also developed new skills for managing virtual projects and virtual teams – a skill that is becoming increasingly important for global and multinational companies.
Web conferencing events have been integrated into most WebCampus programs, though the number of web conferences conducted in each class varies. To find out the level of web conferencing activity that takes place in the classes you are interested in, consult the course syllabus files or contact the instructor who will conduct the course.