In addition to coursework that students can complete on their own time (asynchronous coursework), our students can expect to be part of live sessions (synchronous coursework), which take place in the Zoom platform. As with any course that meets regularly, dates and times of live sessions are shared with students as early as possible to ensure they can attend. These sessions are highly interactive and therefore also an important and enjoyable part of the curriculum and instructional preparation.
Participation in the live sessions is required; there are no alternative assignments available in place of a missed live session. Live sessions are approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes in length, and they use a flipped classroom approach, focusing on the application of knowledge and skills gained during the asynchronous course components, discussions, and case follow-ups.
Our faculty uses a portion of these sessions to answer questions and clarify confusing or difficult concepts, but the bulk of this time is spent on student-centered activities. During this synchronous time, our graduate students participate in group discussions, breakout sessions, class presentations, debates, and other active learning experiences. Plus, students will have a chance to get to know and engage with faculty and fellow students in the learning experience, first through video introductions and ongoing with familiar social tools like messaging, chat, and notifications.