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Seattle Campus News | May 14, 2013

From the Academic Dean: What is on-line learning?

On-line learning at Northeastern Seattle will include rigorous courses taught by Northeastern faculty in a web-based environment.  On-line learning may be incorporated to hybrid course programming for a particular program, but it might also be the main means of learning for other programs.  The Northeastern Seattle model supports seamless learning which is learning that occurs in a continuum of time, space, and technologies (Open University Innovation Report, 2012).  Faculty leverage the technologies available that emphasize both synchronous or real time learning in both virtual and physical spaces, and asynchronous or not real time learning that occurs within personal and social online spaces.  A student can expect faculty to student interactions as well as student to student interactions. 

What does a student need to successfully take a course on-line?

A student requires a computer with a strong Internet connection, email, and basic computer skills.  A camera and microphone is also helpful.  Courses at Northeastern University-Seattle are taught on-line using Blackboard, a web-based course management system where interactions between students and faculty take place in addition to content, exams, discussions, etc.  You can see an example of Northeastern University on-line course information here.  While your individual course may be different, the demonstration of Blackboard will be helpful in understanding the course management system used.

Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D.

Associate Dean – Academic

Northeastern University-Seattle

a.walmsley@neu.edu

(206) 732-1385

Dr. Walmsley is the Associate Academic Dean for Northeastern Seattle; she focuses on the academic programs offered a the Graduate Campus.  As a former professor in research methods and education, Dr. Walmsley focuses on high quality graduate programming for working adults pursuing a higher degree.  

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