Methods of Instruction
IAU delivers its courses through the following methods of instruction: CLASSROOM-HYBRID & ONLINE
The purpose of instruction is to help students learn. The key to delivering IAU's courses is to best design the course, depending on the mode of instruction to used. Typically, each 3-semester unit course is broken into eight lessons. Each lesson can be completed in one week. By breaking a each 3-semester unit course into eight lessons, the instructor can monitor students' satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in each course. This is an essential element in providing appropriate instruction and support services to students.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the situation is the kind of learning that is to be facilitated. Knowing about the kinds of learning helps us to do a better job of teaching them. The most basic distinction is Benjamin Bloom's three domains:
1. Cognitive learning (thoughts), such as teaching someone to add fractions.
2. Affective learning (feelings, values), such as teaching someone to not want to smoke.
3. Physical or motor learning (actions), such as teaching someone to touch type.
Regardless of methods of instruction, online Discussions Questions (DQ's) are required for both undergraduate and graduate courses. DQ's are based around the course text and other resource material applied against real-life business situations. These discussions are designed to improve the ability of students to critically analyze and discuss the relevant issues. For purely online students, DQ's try to recreate the classroom interaction that takes place between instructor and student. DQ's are reflective in nature and encourage independent learning. Studies have shown that DQ's require students to read other students' responses and carefully consider their response.
For undergraduate courses, the primary evaluative techniques are weekly discussion questions and multiple-choice examinations. Multiple-choice examinations are utilized because they can evaluate many different subject-matter areas and can be used to measure a great variety of educational objectives. Multiple-choice examinations are adaptable to various levels of learning outcomes, primarily Remembering, Understanding, and, Applying levels, according to Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Domain.
For graduate courses, multiple-choice examinations are not utilized. Instead, graduate-level evaluative techniques utilize traditional papers, case studies, and/or projects, which require the use of Analyzing, Evaluating, and, Creating levels, according to Bloom's Taxonomy of Cognitive Domain.
In classroom-hybrid classes, traditional face-to-face instruction is not eliminated. However, IAU has leveraged web technologies to enhance the classroom experience. Some of the course learning activities are located within IAUonline to promote familiarity with web technologies to make the student competitive in the workplace. Also, a central IAUonline course room connects students in cyberspace to access resources, conduct library research, submit assignments, and communicate with instructors. IAUonline is available 24/7 so submitting homework or taking a quiz is convenient and "green".
The classroom-hybrid course model is also referred to as "blended." On this site, we use these terms interchangeably. Using computer-based technologies, instructors use the classroom-hybrid model to redesign some lecture or lab content into new online learning activities, such as case studies, tutorials, self-testing exercises, simulations, and online group collaborations.
Classroom-Hybrid courses offer a number of advantages over face-to-face teaching and totally online courses. Instructors reported that the classroom-hybrid course model allows them to accomplish course learning objectives more successfully than traditional courses do. Most faculty noted increased interaction and contact among their students and between the students and themselves.
Classroom-Hybrid courses are presented in a unique way designed to give the student an integrated and flexible learning environment using a combination of traditional on-campus classes and the Internet. The two components of this flexible learning environment are: (1) On-campus classes specified by the Professor. (2) Internet content which you will be able to access at anytime with information such as instructions, lecture notes, PowerPoint presentations, assignments, and announcements regarding the course.
If students are registered for a classroom-hybrid course and do not attend the first class, they may be DROPPED at the discretion of the instructor. Students must be able to attend all mandatory class meetings, which will meet during the scheduled time of the course.
Classroom-Hybrid courses require students to be independent learners and strongly motivated. Because of the Internet components of a classroom-hybrid course, students must meet all technical requirements for an online course.
All classroom-hybrid courses will have an accompanying online courseroom in IAUonline to accompany the class. Classroom-Hybrid students are required to post discussion questions in their respective online courseroom. Also, assignments and/or exams are required to be submitted or completed in the accompany online courseroom also.
If students are unfamiliar with the concept of online learning, allow IAU to provide a brief overview. IAUonline courses are an exceptionally accessible, flexible resource whether the student's goal is gaining new skills, working towards a degree, or advancing a career with a program certificate.
Standard classroom books and printed materials are typically used in combination with online lectures, assignments, and supplementary course materials. Using computer-based technologies, instructors use the online model to redesign some lecture or lab content into new online learning activities, such as case studies, tutorials, self-testing exercises, simulations, and online group collaborations.
To ensure that students will be successful, an assessment shall be made at the time of processing admissions. The survey is located on the last page of the Application for Admissions. Assessments shall be made on whether each prospective student has the skills and competencies to succeed in an online learning environment, as well as a student's access to computer, software, and internet technologies. These will be taken into consideration before admitting a prospective student into the program.
Online courses require students to be independent learners and strongly motivated. Because of the Internet components of IAUonline courses, you must meet all technical requirements for an online course. For additional information regarding the IAUonline courses you are interested in taking, please speak with an academic advisor.
All online course are accessible through IAUonline. Online students are required to post discussion questions in their respective online courseroom. Also, assignments and/or exams are required to be submitted or completed in the online courseroom also.
CLASSROOM-HYBRID & ONLINE courses use Moodle, also known as a Learning Management System (LMS). To have a successful experience with IAUonline, see computer requirements.
Security: Moodle courses are secure. Each student receives a unique login and password, and only students that are registered in your course can access your Moodle content. This enables you to post copyrighted material, track which students are accessing particular course materials, and quiz students online. Students can have secure access to their grades at all times, but cannot access the grades of other students. They can also securely submit assignments.
Uniformity: Students have one Moodle account for the whole time they are enrolled at IAU, and they access all their courses from a common portal page. The basic navigation interface of each course is the same, although instructors can customize content areas. This uniformity makes using Moodle easy for students, as the interface remains constant from course to course.
Quick list of Moodle's features: Customizable content areas, Course Calendar, Email Function: all students, all instructors, all groups, select users, Course Discussion Board - Forums, Course Chat Room with automatic archiving of discussions, Student groups, Assignment upload and return, Student Home, Page, Integrated Instant Messaging - Quickmail, Online Quizzes and Surveys, Online Gradebook, Course Statistics, Advanced eLearning content development with the Lesson module.