Return to: Instructional Delivery Models
Walden University courses are offered entirely over the Internet. Students access courses through their myWalden university portal. Courses have definite start and completion dates, and typically require students to log in a specific number of times a week. Select courses in specific programs may have a face-to-face requirement, depending on discipline or regulatory requirements.
The Walden online learning environment is asynchronous, meaning that students can contribute to course discussions when it’s most convenient within a specified period. There are weekly topics, required readings, and assignments listed in the course syllabus. The flow of online dialogue is preserved in a coherent format that allows students to retrace their classmates’ conversation as it unfolds.
Students should expect to spend an average of 15 to 20 hours a week per course reading, contributing to discussions, and working on assignments and assessments.
Student Responsibility in an Online Learning Environment
In an online learning environment, students and faculty are actively engaged in the learning process. In such an environment, students will encounter many viewpoints on issues that may be different than their own. Additionally, expectations for learning in a distance environment may be different from what they are used to. Therefore, students are expected to adhere to the following standards:
- Read carefully and understand the requirements as published in the course syllabus. Pay particular attention to deadlines for submitting work. Develop an alternative technology plan should the student’s primary means of classroom contact be unavailable.
- Read all postings by faculty members and classmates. Being able to provide and receive critical and constructive feedback is important for one’s academic success.
- Respect differing viewpoints based on cultural and intellectual differences as part of healthy intellectual exchange.
- Contact the faculty member if they (1) need additional feedback, (2) are unclear about any aspect of the course assignments, or (3) are not feeling comfortable with some other aspect of the course.
- Provide and receive critical and constructive feedback in the Discussion Board from colleagues as outlined in the posting rubric. Students should conduct themselves as they would in a classroom environment.
- Be aware of issues of confidentiality. Students should be especially careful of what they disclose about themselves or others in the virtual classroom environment.
Students should contact the Academic Advising Team if they have any questions related to their program of study or if they are experiencing difficulty in the classroom.