What kinds of online courses are there at MSVU?

You can take online courses at MSVU in four course delivery modes: synchronous online, asynchronous online, multi-mode online, and multi-access.

Modes of Delivery at MSVU [PDF]

Infographic of the four online delivery modes offered at MSVU: Synchronous online, asynchronous online, multi-mode online, and multi-access.

Synchronous Online

It is a scheduled course with weekly meetings. You will meet online with your instructor at assigned times using virtual meeting software. You can join your class from wherever you are located.

Advantages:

  • Feels more like a “real class” with synchronous meeting times
  • Provides opportunities for you to ask and answer questions in real time
  • Helps with time management and schedule organization

Possible Challenges:

  • May have class at atypical times because of different time zones
  • May be difficult to schedule around other responsibilities, such as work or family
  • Dependent on a higher bandwidth internet connection

Asynchronous Online

It is a self-guided and self-paced course without scheduled meetings. You can work on tasks whenever suits your situation in order to meet set deadlines.

Advantages:

  • Offers the flexibility of working on your own time, at your own pace
  • Provides opportunities to watch and review course materials more than once
  • Encourages you to develop self-direction and improve your organization

Possible Challenges:

  • May require you to make extra effort to interact with your professor or ask for help
  • May require more motivation, time management, and organizational skills
  • May require higher proficiency with advanced features of Moodle

Multi-Mode Online

It is a scheduled course with less frequent synchronous meetings. For example, your class may meet once a week rather than twice, or in some cases you might only meet a few times per term. You may find that your in-class synchronous time is devoted to mandatory participation.

Advantages:

  • Provides some flexibility to work on your own time, at your own pace
  • Offers opportunities for real time participation and feedback
  • Encourages you to develop self-direction and organization skills

Possible Challenges:

  • May require you to focus more attention on time management
  • May require advanced planning to ensure your participation in synchronous sessions
  • Offers less flexibility around when you need to participate in class activities

Multi-Access

It is a scheduled course with two groups of students, one on-campus and one online. As an online student, you will either attend synchronously or participate asynchronously, depending on the course. You will have to ask your professor what the expectations are for online students in your class.

Advantages:

  • Provides you with a choice of delivery mode at registration

Possible Challenges:

  • May offer different expectations or experiences depending on which group you are in
  • May require increased patience and technological proficiency
  • May require a little extra effort to work across both student groups
  • May not be possible to switch between delivery modes