Distance Learning Programs of Study
In recent years the advent of the internet and widespread use of the computer has led to a huge growth in distantly delivered tuition and study. Distance learning is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with an instructor in a classroom. Our distance learning programs require no physical presence of the student (no mandatory classroom attendance or face to face interaction). Our programs are provided worldwide without any geographical restrictions or time constraints. They offer students the flexibility of studying from anywhere (home or from any other location) and at any time of the day over the internet. All students need to have, is a computer with access to the internet.
Our distance learning programs target young and mature students and they are adapted to their needs. Our programs are delivered by utilizing state-of-the-art asynchronous and synchronous learning tools based on modern distance learning educational methodologies. The learning activity and the preparation of the students for each course assessment are the core of our programs. In terms of the course assessment, students are required to complete homework and take a comprehensive written examination in their residence country.
In our distance learning programs each instructor is in charge for the structure, the content, the design and elaboration of the learning activities for a course. Each instructor carefully organizes the learning resources of his/her courses such as educational materials expressly designed to support and convey the course content and other types of documents and tools, whether text or multimedia; taken from the web or created by him/herself or other instructors. How the course is designed varies with the instructor and the course. The instructor of a course is the person in charge for the assessment of the students enrolled in his/her courses and he/she is responsible to monitor the learning progress of these students.
The students’ course experience is managed through a learning management system. Students log in the system by using their browser and a username and a password provided by our College. Through this system they access all the necessary information, learning resources, submit assignments and interact with the instructor and other students enrolled in their course. The instructor of a course is responsible for the management of the system related to a particular course.
Students spend more time working on their own in a distance learning program. The time they would have spent on campus in a traditional course is replaced with activities such as live online lectures, real-time communication with the instructor and other students, additional reading, writing, watching a presentation and participating in online discussion boards. Students should expect to spend sufficient hours per week working for each course.
Our distance learning programs are delivered with the use of both asynchronous and synchronous learning tools. Asynchronous learning tools include reading and watching learning materials provided by the instructor or found in the online library, email interaction with the instructor of the course and other students enrolled in the course and participation in online discussion boards.
An important element that enhances the learning experience of the students enrolled in our distance learning programs is the opportunity to attend live online lectures. Such lectures along with chat room, private chat, private web conference and telephone communication with the instructor and other students constitute the synchronous learning tools used in the delivery of our programs. We believe that frequent and direct interaction with the instructor of a course is fundamental for the learning process. As far as the live online lectures are concerned these are recorded and stored and can be retrieved by a student at any time.
In the delivery of our distance learning programs we place special emphasis on exchange of opinions and ideas among the students and between the students and the teaching staff. This takes place for example while students do group assignments. Such group activities allow students to interact with students from the same or different industries, other countries or other cultures, learn from each other and gain new perspectives. The collaborative construction of knowledge combines personal experience, group research processes and knowledge management.
Online learning resources
All our distance learning students gain access to the College online learning resources. Our resources consist of thousands of high-quality scholarly books and millions of citable journal, magazine and newspaper articles on various subjects. The College online learning resources offer quality sources selected by librarians and approved by professors, many of which are peer-reviewed.
Each course is assessed through homework during the teaching period of a course and a written examination following the end of the teaching period.
As part of each course students are expected to execute in time all their homework. Homework includes projects, assignments and/or essays. The instructors provide students with the requirement and the submission deadline (date and time) of the homework well in advance. After homework is handed in by the student, the instructor marks the homework and returns it to the student along with his/her comments. The homework serves to motivate students to work sufficiently throughout the teaching period towards meeting the expected learning outcomes of a course, provide feedback to them (as part of the learning process) and prepare them for the examination.
After the teaching period is over students take a comprehensive written examination for each course. The examination requires the physical presence of the student and it takes place in the student’s residence country at an examination center approved by our College at a date and a time announced to students well in advance. Students may take the examination, if they wish, at the College. Soon after the examination is over the teaching staff of the College mark the examination scripts and the examination results are released.