What does eLearning look like?
A Virtual Classroom
Armed with a computer and the Internet, you enter a virtual classroom where the meeting schedule is, to a great extent, managed by you – the student. This type of asynchronous model (one that doesn’t require you to attend online classes at a specific time) allows you to complete coursework at your own pace. You will still have reading assignments, faculty recordings and other online resources, group discussions, exams etc., but online learning gives you the liberty to decide when to complete most of these tasks within a given timeframe.
As an eLearning student, you will have a dashboard or control panel that is accessed through your computer. Miami uses Canvas, the fastest growing learning management system in the country. It connects you to your professor and your classmates, and is the jumping off point for you to start taking classes electronically. This centralized system provides a user-friendly platform where you can review your syllabus, find readings and videos, dialogue with fellow students, participate in group discussions and projects, review feedback, review text and video messages from your professor, and more. ELM offers the support you need to make the process seamless. Learn more about Canvas.
Canvas works on mobile devices. You can access course content, engage in discussion and do much of your classwork from your mobile phone or tablet.
Engage with Faculty and Classmates
ELM employs best in class technology that focuses on learning outcomes. Our faculty receive extensive training in online technology, and collaborate with instructional designers to create a learning experience that optimizes an online platform and takes teaching to a new level. The qualities that have made Miami the #2 university for its commitment to undergraduate learning (second only to Princeton University) are imbedded in its online counterpart.
But you are not alone. Your online classroom is filled with students from different backgrounds who bring unique experiences from all over the world. Your peers might include a Luxembourgish teacher or a French business student. This diversity elevates the classroom discussion and enhances learning in ways not always possible in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting.