This course delivery option incorporates synchronous course meetings, hosted using
Zoom teleconferencing software. In each course, students are expected to attend single-class
sessions of two to four hours each week via Zoom. Eight- and nine-week classes will
meet from two to four hours each week, depending on the design of the program. Sixteen-week
classes will meet from one to three hours each week. Face-to-face meetings at a Webster
campus are not required. Synchronous components of Live Virtual courses emphasize
“engaged learning,” in which faculty members maximize applied learning, faculty-student
and student-student connections, and active/dynamic class exercises.
The remaining portion of the course content will be delivered using WorldClassRoom,
the University’s official Learning Management System (LMS), powered by Canvas. Students
use the LMS for assignment submissions and other course activities as indicated by
the instructor, and may have “pre-work” to complete in WorldClassRoom prior to their
weekly course meeting. Attendance at synchronous meetings is required, and participation
impacts the student’s grade.
If a program is designated Live Virtual, that means that students can complete every
core course in the program synchronously. Students in Live Virtual programs can, if
they desire, take courses delivered other ways. For example, some students move from
asynchronous to synchronous delivery and back, depending on their schedules, preferences,
and the course topic.
- All core courses in the program are offered synchronously, with 50% to 100% of the
content delivered via real-time class meetings.
- In the case of a program, all courses in the program should follow the same ratio
of synchronous and asynchronous content (i.e., if 50%, then every course is 50/50).
- Students may choose either asynchronous or synchronous electives.
- 50% to 100% of the course is synchronous in nature.
- All class meetings should follow the same ratio of synch/asynch content; i.e., if
50% of the course is asynch, then each class meeting is two hours long (in the case
of eight- or nine-week term classes, meeting once per week).
- Additional synchronous opportunities can be added as a PLUS item, but should not be
required for a grade (office hours, for example).