About the Degree
Master of Science in Youth Development Leadership — Online
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.
Tuition and Payment Due Dates
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 2010 semester, students will register for HEHD 800 & 801. Tuition for both classes is due before January 4, 2010. Click here for more information on tuition, due dates, payment methods and tution payment plans.
Required Technology and Skills
The technology skills for these courses include:
- Access to email and the Internet (Internet Explorer version 5.5 or greater, Netscape 6.2 or greater, or another equivalent level of browser)
- Ability to read a CD-ROM
- Current version of standard software packages:
- operating system
- word processing package
- spreadsheet package
- presentation software
- Macromedia Flash Player plug-in. This is available as a free download at www.macromedia.com.
- Microphone for group presentations; the web camera is optional.
- Since these courses involve sending and receiving large files of information and meeting online, a high speed Internet connection is advantageous.
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.
- Menu – The menu is displayed along the side. The buttons may differ slightly for each course, but these will link to all of the course documents, discussion boards, synchronous chats, and other methods of communication.
- Announcements – The announcements are displayed with a student login and may be accessed at any time by clicking on the Announcements menu item. It is the student's responsibility to check the announcements frequently (daily). Changes in schedules, requirements, and course information will likely be posted as an announcement.
- Course Documents – Location of most of the documents related to the course
- Discussion Boards – Location of assigned discussion board forums
- Communication – This menu option will enable students to send email messages to instructors and classmates. The Collaboration option in this area enables students to enter a Chat session.
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
- Students will be given a web address by the instructor for accessing the Breeze meeting.
- After entering the web address (and pressing enter), students will be asked to login. Enter name in the visitor box; no password is required.
- Adobe Connect meeting space will differ in configuration according to the instructor’s preference, but usually includes an area listing the participants, a web cam view of the instructor, a chat area, and perhaps a presentation area or whiteboard.
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.
Sending and Receiving Email Messages
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.
Additional information is available in other documents:
- The Course Syllabus
- Guidelines for Success in Online Courses – this document includes tips for succeeding this type of program. The content was developed by former online students and is included in this Welcome packet.
- Services for Off-Campus Students – this document lists resources for areas such as purchasing textbooks, accessing the library, disability services, and other on-campus offices and is included in this Welcome packet.