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Classes and Seminars - Global Campus

The instructional format for each course offered through Global Campus is dependent upon content, student needs, and course design options. Classes are usually scheduled during compressed time blocks to maximize degree progression and to minimize scheduling conflicts. Scheduling options offered include alternate weekends, week-long, and evenings, as well as CMU Online. Course modality options include face-to-face classes, online, video conference courses, or hybrid courses.

Face-to-Face courses: Instructor and students meet and interact at pre-determined times, dates and location for purposes of delivering instructional content by a variety teaching methods and evaluative measures.

Online courses: Instructor and students interact in a virtual classroom where the learning experience is facilitated using the latest technology. Course materials are distributed electronically and student learning assessment and evaluations are conducted exclusively online. Online courses can include synchronous communication experiences where students engage in real-time interactions, at a specific point in time, with fellow students and faculty through the utilization of software imbedded in the learning management system (LMS); or, through asynchronous communication experiences where students engage with fellow students and faculty through independent learning spaces that allow anytime interactions and responses.

Video Conference courses: Instructor and students meet in various classroom environments, that are geographically dispersed, and interact via live interactive video. These courses provide opportunity for a collaborative learning environment by allowing delivery of one course to multiple locations.

Hybrid/Blended courses: Instructor and students meet and interact using both face-to-face and online environments in one course, leveraging a variety of strategies and interactions to enhance the learning experience.

Regardless of modality, all courses have specific start and end dates. In addition, textbooks, course outlines, reference materials and assignments are available prior to the first session of a class to allow preparatory reading and study.

Note: To ensure the best student learning experience and the availability of courses that fulfill student degree plans at given locations, courses initially scheduled as face-to-face courses may be converted to a hybrid/blended course format prior to the first class meeting.