Welcome to the MS in Youth Development Leadership degree program. The courses in this program are taught online using a variety of asynchronous and synchronous distance education technologies. This document will provide you with some guidelines to the format and technology requirements of these courses.
Each course meets for six weeks. The syllabus for each course will list the specific dates and requirements. The majority of the teaching and learning activities occur on the student's time schedule, but most courses will involve some synchronous meetings through the telephone or Internet.
To be successful in these courses, students must be willing to allocate sufficient time to access course materials, participate in online classes and discussion groups, and complete all of the assignments. Similar to traditional classroom courses, students will interact with the content, the instructor, and fellow classmates on a weekly basis through course assignments, asynchronous discussions, and synchronous meetings as indicated in the syllabus. Plan to spend 12-15 hours a week per course in this accelerated format.
Each semester, students will register for 2 classes and will need to pay for them both by the payment due date. For example, for the Spring 2014 semester, students will register for HEHD 800 & 801. Tuition for both classes is due before January 4, 2015. Click here for more information on tuition, due dates, payment methods and tution payment plans.
Course materials will be delivered through the Blackboard course management system. The web address for access to the course is http://bb.clemson.edu. Enter your Clemson University username and password, click the Login button, and select the appropriate course.
Synchronous classes are frequently facilitated through the Adobe Connect software package. The only system software requirement is the Macromedia Flash Player (available at www.macromedia.com).
In the chat area, students can enter a message for everyone or a private message to any of the instructors or participants. The recipient is selected from a drop-down menu next to text entry box at the bottom of the chat area (pod). To enter a message, type the message in the text entry box and press enter.
Instructors will respond to all inquiries, questions, and other electronic correspondence within a timely, but not necessarily immediately, manner. Most electronic communications will be answered within 48 hours. All email messages from the instructors will be sent to the student’s Clemson University email address.
NOTE: To avoid having your message mistakenly identified as SPAM, please send your email through the Blackboard system or include the course number in the subject line.
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