DISTANCE EDUCATION

 

Students who cannot attend the university physically can get distance education from GMU without attending the physical campus. GMU offers three programs in distance education: BA, MACEMACE, and MDiv Students can earn the degrees by taking whole courses via distance learning.

 

Definition of Distance Education

 

GMU’s distance education is regulated by the definition of California Education Code in section 94834 of the Code. GMU’s distance education program is appropriate for delivery methods, quality of education, and management. GMU’s distance education programs and the materials are current, well organized, designed by faculty competent in distance education techniques, and delivered using readily available, reliable technology. The admission requirements are same as the on-campus student’s.

 

A student who applies to distance education program must have consultation for her/ his ability to take distance education, because the student needs appropriate technical knowledge and skills to receive educational materials and to interact with the professor. A student can get help from the technological department of GMU to learn the appropriate technical knowledge and skills for taking distance education.

 

Grace Mission University is demanding distant education students the same quality of study with general students who are regularly attending at school in order to provide a high quality of distant education. GMU hopes that distant education students observe well following school regulations for distant education. A student can get detailed information about distance education from the Distance Education Manual.

 

 

Goals of Distance Education

 

The mission of Grace Mission University’s distance education program is to provide quality instruction through electronic technologies to enable students to attain their educational goals. The university seeks to offer its students technological support that is continually evaluated and changed in order to offer its students a means to a better education.

 

  1. To provide students around the world an opportunity for proper theological training which could not be attained otherwise.
  2. To provide the best technological means to enhance student learning by providing distance students with such opportunities as developing faculty/student relationships, getting feedback on work completed, and opportunities to associate with fellow students.
  3. To develop and maintain up-to-date technological resources to further enhance student learning. Regular evaluation of technological resources will be conducted to review current resources, and administration will seek to make necessary changes as they see fit.
  4. To provide students with relevant and useful online resources that can be accessed via the internet and the university’s website.

 

 

Resources and Procedures

 

Currently, the primary means of educational delivery is via audio-video recordings on Moodle website (http://moodle.gm.edu). Lectures are recorded, and either lecture audio-video recording can be accessed through online e-lecture webpage. Students can login each course and download the syllabus, lecture notes, and relevant materials by PDF format files. The audio-video recordings are available to students in three days after the lectures are given at campus.

 

Distance education students are currently required to take weekly lectures and write a one-page report on the content of the lecture and email it to the professor with questions and discussion topics (or upload on Moodle assignment folder). Students are also required to take same exams with the on-campus students. Exams are sent to the proctor directly and proctored by whom GMU office accept as a proctor before the exam at the beginning of the semester. GMU uses a proctor report form to ensure the quality and appropriate procedure of exams.

 

Students submit all works for the course on time, usually within a week of the course schedule maximum delay will be allowed for two weeks with the permission of each professor. Afterwards, the faculty members grade the student’s work, and feedback is given for the work completed in the course. Students and professors are encouraged to frequently exchange their opinions as much as they need.

 

 

Moodle course management systems

 

Moodle course management systems will be implemented to assist in the facilitation of course objectives and assignments. Moodle will be utilized to provide lecture notes and recordings, assignment submission and feedback, and forums for class discussions and instruction. Audio-video recordings will be uploaded per course in their respective course sites. Students will be able to access these recordings at their convenience with course password. Assignments will also be submitted via Moodle per course sites. Students will upload assignments and instructors will provide feedback through the same means.

 

Moodle will also be used to promote student social interaction as well as student/faculty relationships through discussion sessions and course faculty office hours. Discussion sessions may be conducted per instructor’s request. Students can then log on and join discussion chat sessions to ask questions and comment on work.

 

Instructors and students will need to be trained and assisted to use Moodle course management systems by the technology person. Moodle system provide as following functions

 

1) Class Management by each instructor

2) Include the assignment and class materials etc.

3) Prepare the instructor and Operator manuals

4) Scheduling the Instructor workshop