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HARDWARE/SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:

The material needed for students (syllabus, PPT’S, PDF’S, links, tailor-made activities, etc.) are posted on the platform once the course begins.

The distance learning platform requires specific features in order to “carry out” different tasks. Thus, students and teachers should have a device that meets the following standards:

 

Hardware Software
Pentium D or higher.

1 GB Memory RAM or higher.

[1024×728] Video resolution

Fixed or wireless Internet Access (1Mb).

Microphone and Audio Headphones.

Camera

Web Browser Mozilla Firefox v.22 or more recent.

Operating Systems:

Windows XP or more recent

Mac OSX 10.5 “Leopard®”

Acrobat Reader (Free software).

Macromedia Flash Player.

Microsoft Office or Open Office.

 

TECHNICAL SUPPORT:

Technical support on the use of the platform at students’ and teachers’ request is available throughout the course and provides information about course activities and how to use the platform tools. We seek to acknowledge our students inquiries as soon as possible, being 4 hours the maximum time our technical support contacts our students.

In addition, our platform enables users to address any technical concerns they may have related to the Virtual Classroom. Our platform also provides “online support” to make changes or adjustments.

In the event that users were unable to access our platform or cannot complete an activity; they can request technical support by:

Contacting Support via E-mail from Monday to Sunday 24/7

A Technical Support Hotline is available on the institutions webpage, along with a most frequently asked questions page that include the following:

  • How do I get help if I have a problem?
  • How do I access the Virtual Classroom?
  • How do I register for an online program?
  • Who are my instructors?
  • How do I view lectures?
  • How do I get my textbooks?

ACADEMIC SUPPORT:

By accessing our Virtual Classroom, students are in constant contact with teachers and this communication is provided by means of 3 tools:

Forums: All online courses have an enquiry forum to address students’ questions about different academic topics.

Web Conference Blackboard Collaborative: by using this tool our teachers can provide synchronous tutoring to our learners about any course queries.

Blackboard Instant Messaging: chatting with teachers and peers provides synchronous interaction. In addition, here students can ask individual questions to teachers and/or tutors regarding some academic or non-academic issues that could be affecting their performance.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT:

The courses syllabi are designed as follows:

  1. Every course has a specific assessment system and a time frame that is given once they are registered. This timeframe includes the dates and hours the tasks are due and the weight each task has in the final score.  Evaluations are also included and specified in the student’s calendar of activities.
  2. Interactive activities and autonomous learning projects or assignments designed by the teacher are evaluated and approved by the program coordinators before they are included in the syllabus.

To evaluate the students’ success in achieving the online learning goals, they are asked to:

  • Pass multiple exams.
  • Submit term papers or assignments online
  • Conduct research and work collaboratively
  • Participate in forums / Virtual Classroom (real time) / chat programmed by teacher in advance.

Teachers are responsible for controlling and updating student progress on a regular basis. Distance Learning Platform reporting tools are used to verify students’ performance along the course.

Student progress is evaluated by using our virtual classroom tools provided by our Blackboard platform:

Student updates of access to the platform or Forum is provided to the teacher at any time.

Warning System: it enables the teachers to create rules / policies or warning about evaluations due dates and to be informed the latest students log in.

Performance chart: it allows teachers to have student’s roll, grades, previous warnings and teachers’ general idea of students’ performance throughout the course.

PROGRAM FORMAT:

 Totally online Distance Learning Program (e-Learning): by using our Virtual Classroom Blackboard and online resources we seek to develop our learners’ competences. Our students may work individually and collaborative and will take part of synchronous and asynchronous activities in which the students can choose their own learning pace. The online resources are available to our learners and can be downloaded from our platform. Students will be expected to participate in class discussion, threads, and submit homework and projects as assigned.

ATTENDANCE:

Okan International University believes that students must attend class if they are to be well prepared for the workplace. Online courses are no different from traditional classroom courses in this regard. Online students are subject to the same attendance policy. Attendance in online courses is defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus. Online courses will, at a minimum, have weekly assignments to record student participation, which can be documented by any or all of the following methods:

Completion of tests, Submission/ completion of assignments and, Participation in Discussion Forums

Students who fail to maintain active participation in an online course as defined in the course syllabus will be processed using the current attendance policy.