During the Spring 2022 semester Ivy Tech Community College offers students the opportunity to take their courses in one of five methods, traditional, online, virtual, blended and learn anywhere.
Each method offers students a unique experience that suits their educational needs. For the Spring 2022 semester the definitions of learn anywhere courses have been updated with further updates also planned for the Summer 2022 academic term and beyond. The updates are designed to clarify the definitions for students and faculty and draw important distinctions from other types of courses offered at the College.
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In order to help students better understand the updated definition of learn anywhere courses we have also created a helpful FAQ that you can find below.
Learn Anywhere Spring 2022 FAQ
What is a Learn Anywhere course?
A learn anywhere course combines student choice with elements of traditional, virtual, and online instruction to form a flexible instructional method designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of our students. Learn anywhere courses guarantee students will be supported when “life gets in the way” of their educational goals.
What are the attendance requirements for a Learn Anywhere course?
The College believes that student attendance and participation is critical to student success and our student success commitments for students encourage students to attend every session. Faculty honor this commitment by monitoring student performance, including attendance. In a Learn Anywhere course, this means that students should attend each class session either in person or via zoom and proactively communicate with their instructor when a class session must be missed. In the case of rare and occasional absences during the Spring 2022 academic term, the instructor will provide a recording of the class so that the students can watch the recording.
What is the difference between Learn Anywhere and the other instructional methods?
Learn Anywhere is a combination of a traditional course and a virtual instruction course where at least 50% of the course contact hours are synchronous – occurring at the same time – and students have the choice to attend on campus or via Zoom. The remainder of the class activities are completed via IvyLearn. This is different from: Virtual Instruction where at least 50% of the course contact hours are still synchronous, but only via Zoom; Blended where at least 33% of the course contact hours are synchronous and on campus; and Online where 100% of the contact hours are asynchronous – not occurring at the same time – and all class activities are delivered via IvyLearn.
For additional clarity here are full definitions of the online, virtual, blended, and learn anywhere instructional modalities for Spring 2022 as outlined in policy 6.10 of the Academic Support and Operations Manual.
Online courses are designed to promote learning for students who will access their course anytime (asynchronously) during the 24 hour-day within the given course schedule. Course sessions take place online, although students may be required to take exams at an approved proctoring site (no more than two exams for program level courses and no more than four exams for academic skills advancement classes). Most activities are asynchronous, although the course could involve scheduled activities such as online office hours, chats, or other “real-time” presentations. These activities must be posted on the class schedule at the start of the class and should be optional. If a synchronous activity is assessed as a part of the grade of the course, an alternate asynchronous activity must be available if a synchronous activity is required. No time in the traditional classroom is required.
Virtual courses are designed to promote learning for students who will access their course from anywhere (synchronously) via webcast technology. Students participate in live sessions via webcast technology following the course schedule. The remainder of the course activities are delivered asynchronously via IvyLearn. Fifty to one hundred percent of the contact hours will be assigned to live activities. The live sessions require students to have sufficient broadband access and a device with a microphone or headset. A webcam may be required. Students may be required to take exams at an approved proctoring site or via other virtual proctoring options. If more than two exams are required, automated proctoring solutions should be used where available.
Blended courses are designed to promote learning for students who will access a portion of their course on campus (synchronously). The remaining portion of the course may be accessed from anywhere (synchronously) via webcast technology, and/or anytime (asynchronously) during the 24 hour-day within the given course schedule, depending on how the instructor designs the course. For a course to be identified as a blended course for purposes of counting enrollments, no less than 1/3 of the contact hours of the course must be assigned to activities at an on-site instructional location. The online and/or virtual component includes significant activities which require engagement between faculty and student as well as from student to student. If virtual instruction is included, students must have sufficient broadband access and a device with a microphone or headset. A webcam may be required. If test proctoring is required, this must be in addition to the contact hours scheduled at the on-site instructional location. Notes on specific dates and times of meetings as well as participation requirements need to be provided to students through the registration system at the time of registration as well as in the course syllabus in IvyLearn.
Learn Anywhere courses are designed to promote learning for students who will access their course from anywhere (synchronously) via on campus and/or via webcast technology. Courses will be taught from an on-site instructional location following the course schedule and students can attend in-person, or via live webcast technology. Students will be given access to a recording of the live sessions to allow for rare and occasional absences or review. If scheduled at multiple on-site instructional locations, the instructor will be in a classroom with students at one on-site instructional location while other students attend at a separate on-site instructional location(s) or virtually. The course may be supplemented with other asynchronous activities via IvyLearn, but no less than 1/2 of the contact hours will be assigned to live activities. Students choosing to attend live via webcast technology from an off-campus location will need sufficient broadband access and a microphone or headset. A webcam may be required. Students may be required to attend campus to visit the testing center to take proctored exams or to complete skills demonstrations.
Are Learn Anywhere courses recorded and if so, what is the recording policy?
In the Spring 2022 academic term, Learn Anywhere courses will be recorded so that instructors can provide the recording to students in the case of rare and occasional absences. In the Summer 2022 academic term and beyond, instructors are not required to record Learn Anywhere courses and instructors may choose to record portions of synchronous activities to support instructional goals and/or to develop community within the online and virtual environments.
Instructors are encouraged and trained to store recordings in the Zoom cloud, which is an approved cloud-based video conferencing platform. Instructors are not required to destroy recordings after a course has ended, although all recordings stored in the Zoom cloud are automatically deleted after one year unless the instructor selects otherwise. The recordings are distributed to students via IvyLearn and/or email to decrease the likelihood that unauthorized individuals could gain access to the recordings since they are not intended to be made public or be shared via social media.
Do I have to come to campus for Learn Anywhere courses?
Students are encouraged to come to campus to take advantage of the services available and to be a part of the campus community but are not required to do so in a Learn Anywhere course. Students are encouraged to enroll in Learn Anywhere classes that are within a convenient driving distance from their home.
Can I take Learn Anywhere courses without coming to campus or using Zoom?
Students are required to attend the scheduled class session via Zoom if they cannot attend in person. Recordings will be made available in the case of rare and occasional absences during the Spring 2022 academic term.
Can I come to campus sometimes and use Zoom other times?
Yes. Learn Anywhere provides students the flexibility of attending their scheduled classes in-person or via Zoom.
Am I required to turn on my camera if I am attending using Zoom?
There is no College policy around camera use for students. As every classroom and student is unique, faculty might encourage an ‘optional, but encouraged’ approach. Our active Learn Anywhere environments seek engagement from students. If you choose not to use your camera, it is your responsibility to show your engagement through other means such as unmuting for audible engagement, the active use of the chat tool, and participating in the activities your instructor uses in the class session. Some testing environments or skills assessments may require use of cameras.
Should I take a Learn Anywhere course if I do not wish my class participation to be recorded?
Learn Anywhere is designed to provide students flexibility in how they attend courses while using the available technology to maintain connections to the course and their instructor. This modality is not right for every student in every situation. Courses are offered in a variety of instructional methods and students have the opportunity to choose the format that works best for their individual preferences.
What technology do I need in order to take Learn Anywhere courses?
Students do not need specialized technology to participate in a Learn Anywhere course in person but students will need a device capable of supporting the use of webcast technology, like Zoom. Participation in courses using this technology require students to have sufficient broadband access and a device with a microphone or headset. Webcams may be required.
How will required exams be given in a Learn Anywhere course?
Exams may be provided in Learn Anywhere courses in a variety of ways including but not limited to:
- A proctored exam that is administered by an authorized, neutral proctor who ensures the identity of the test taker in a secure environment
- An online environment that could use proctoring software such as Respondus Lockdown Browser with webcam
- Asynchronous exams provided within IvyLearn without proctoring