Online Social Work courses are a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning.
- Synchronous: you are required to log in and participate at a specific time each week for a live class.
- Asynchronous: view instructional materials, participate in discussion boards, etc., at any time you choose and does not include a live video component.
Online learning is highly interactive and requires thoughtful contributions to class and group discussions. This can be a very rewarding experience, and many feel they get to know their online classmates more fully than their face-to-face classmates. A significant time commitment is required due to the high degree of participation expected.
You'll use online communication tools for discussion with your instructor and classmates (e.g., D2L and Zoom). These tools are not difficult to use - visit http://elearn.ucalgary.ca/ for tutorials and more.
- Desire to Learn (D2L): Allows you to access all your course materials online and communicate within a secure and protected environment. This provides access to all pertinent course information your instructor has posted in addition to a discussion board area, secure email tool, and communication tools.
- Zoom: This application can be used by the entire class, or smaller groups. It provides a virtual classroom environment that supports online interaction during lectures and/or meetings.
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