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Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS)

 

Memorial@Home, the university’s online education provider, offers over 400 undergraduate and graduate courses in over 30 subject areas. Each semester, one in five on-campus (St. John’s) undergraduate students complete at least one online course, enabling students to complement on-campus schedules and life responsibilities. Memorial@Home also gives students the convenience of advancing studies during work terms and summer breaks.

Administered by DELTS, Memorial’s online courses are designed specifically for instruction in a web-based environment and are offered through Desire2Learn, the univeristy’s learning management system. Desire2Learn enables students to submit assignments, complete quizzes, participate in discussion forums and class chats, and email instructors. Courses incorporate a variety of resources such as video conferencing, interactive multimedia and other learning technologies to best present the course material effectively and accessibly.

How do I register?


The registration process for online courses is the same as the registration process for on-campus courses. For a complete listing of online offerings from Memorial University, please visit:
www.delts.mun.ca/fs/programsandcourses.php

What's needed?


The main requirements for completing an online course are enthusiasm, dedication and drive. Students will need familiarity in using a personal computer (file management, word processing and printing), email programs and accessing the Internet. Completing an online course requires access to a Pentium-class PC (or higher) or a GS-based Mac (or higher) that can connect directly to the Internet or the on-campus wireless network. Students can access online courses via The Commons in the QEII Library on the St. John’s Campus or at a variety of computer labs on their campus. Any additional hardware or software requirements will be included in the course listings.

Support services for Memorial@Home:

For all students completing an online course, an array of supports, services and resources are available. Support is available seven days a week online, by telephone or at The Commons. Staff can assist with:

  • accessing the online component of a course
  • using and accessing Desire2Learn
  • technical support for hardware/software configuration, embedded multimedia, and creating and editing course blogs and wikis
  • accessing online student resources, such as the Writing Centre and the library.

When it’s time for mid-term and final exams, students registered as an on-campus student at one of Memorial’s campuses will be set up to write the exam at their respective campus. For students not near a campus, Memorial@Home uses both face-to-face and online exam proctoring.

There is regular and scheduled contact with students throughout the online experience. Contact phone calls are made to new online applicants. Information specific to being an online student is distributed to new and returning online students prior to the start of a semester. General online orientation sessions are offered for new online students, and in addition, DELTS works with academic departments with online offerings to facilitate specific orientations. New online students are contacted early in the semester to identify areas of support and online orientation sessions are offered where students can meet staff, ask questions, and receive basic tips for taking an online course.

Contact information:

For more information about Memorial@Home and taking online courses, please contact DELTS at 709 864 8700 toll free at 866 435 1396 or visit delts.mun.ca

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