SATELLITE/INTERNET/DISTANCE LEARNING CLASSROOM
Satellite and internet (distance learning) classes offered by ACI are attended on a "remote basis" where classes are transmitted by either satellite or the internet from Beijing and received in distance locations/cities with "downlink capability". Classes are synchronous, so students may attend the courses at a fixed time. Students can be anywhere that has a downlink capability. This makes the classes more convenient for students. The instructor will be at the uplink site, each student at a downlink site can see the instructor, and listen to him/her and the class multimedia presentation (Powerpoint, etc.) by overhead projector or big screen. Communications with the instructor are similar to on-site classes. The difference is that student questions are transmitted either by the email or phone call. The course length depends on subject, but most courses are 1, 2, or 3 days. Most materials are included in the price of course and will be available while enrolling classes. When examinations are included with a course, the examination is made locally available usually one day after the course. Students can take the examination at their local (downlink) site.
The Big questions to ask about Online Programs:
1) How is the course delivered?
There are many ways that an instructor can lecture: online using text, with
accompanying slides, with or without student interaction, video, teleconferencing,
audiotapes, CD-ROM, etc. Course content is more easily understood if it's presented
in a dynamic engaging manner that involves an interaction between the students,
the instructor, and the material. When you choose a program you should make
sure that your online school utilizes many different methods to convey information.
COMMENT: This is true of ACI's online programs.
Our programs are noted for their dynamic, engaging manner,
which includes daily and weekly interactions among instructor,
students, and material. Our instructors have been thoroughly
trained by the top online universities in the US,
which pride themselves for providing such instruction.
2) How do I interact with the instructor and other students?
Some standard options for online student interaction include chat rooms, instant
messaging, teleconferencing, and video conferencing. Finding a program that
facilitates, and even requires, student interaction is an important aspect
of choosing an online program. How the online community functions should be
very important to both the instructor and the institution.
ACI COMMENT: This is very true of ACI's online programs.
Student interaction (learning from each other) is a major
feature of our programs.
3) How will I be evaluated?
Will you actually be required to work in order to earn your degree (or other
recognition). If students aren't evaluated appropriately and degrees are
handed out with little or no verification that the students have actually
learned anything, the program is not likely worthwhile and even less likely
to be accepted by employers. A school that offers shortcuts may actually
be a Diploma
Mill , and should be avoided.
ACI COMMENT: All students are evaluated weekly as
well as at the end of the course. Weekly evaluation is based
upon student discussion contained in ¡°Threaded Discussions¡±
on the subject matter for the week. Students are evaluated
on quality and quantity of their discussion and analysis.
Final evaluation of students in graduate level programs follows
the model of most major universities. Students are normally
tested at the highest levels of student learning (analysis
and synthesis) by requiring them to show their learning through
a detailed case analysis of a business case pertinent to
the subject matter. Final evaluation of certification and
other programs also follows the normal practice of multiple
choice examinations, normally consisting of 80 multiple choice
questions on the subject matter.
4) What kind of library and research materials are available?
Ensure that the school you are interested in has a good system for providing
reference materials and texts¡ªthey should be accessible from anywhere. The
school's online references should be up-to-date and available at any time.
ACI COMMENT: Our courses typically provide references
and textbooks directly online (accessible through the course
webpage). References and textbooks not provided are accessible
through weblinks provided in the course webpage or are listed
in the syllabus for purchase by the student. Most of our
students find they can complete the course without buying