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Frequently Asked Questions

What is distance education

Distance learning is defined as a formal educational process where the student and instructor are not always in the same location. Distance learning courses may be offered as synchronous (live) or asynchronous (archived) and may utilize correspondence study, audio, video, or computer technologies.

What type of course delivery methods do you utilize

Every William James College program falls under one of three  course delivery classifications:

  • Traditional: Course meets face-to-face, but may use web-based technology to supplement a meeting, or present course materials and information.
  • Blended: Course blends online and face-to-face instruction.  Most of the content (lectures, discussions, readings, assignments) are delivered online through William James College’s Course Management System, Moodle, and then group work, role playing and other activities better suited for face-to-face learning are reserved for when the course meets on campus.  The on campus requirement varies for every program, so please visit the program page for more information.
  • Online: All of the course content is delivered online. There are no face-to-face meetings.
Can you tell me more about the blended course structure

William James College's blended courses incorporate both online and on-campus study. Under our blended model, students view the weekly lecture, take part in weekly assignments, discussions, and collaborative projects with faculty members and classmates, all using the online learning platform. Each student is then required to attend one intensive weekend-in-residence (WIR) per course in addition to other on-campus gatherings.

How do I know if a blended or online course is right for me

Graduate students from all backgrounds can benefit from the flexibility and intensity that a blended or online course can provide. Research has shown, however, that students who are self-motivated, proactive, organized, open to new ways of communication, and have had some experience with technology do exceptionally well under this particular model.

Do I need extensive experience with computers in order to succeed in a blended or online program

While we recommend that students come in with basic computer literacy skills, blended or online programs are not limited to students who are "technologically savvy." In addition to an online orientation and trainings that will precede the semester, William James College has a highly skilled support staff ready to address any concerns or problems you may have with the distance component of your program.

Are the distance learning course lectures live or can I view them at my leisure

Most William James College blended and online courses lectures are offered as "asynchronous" lectures, which means you can login and view them at your own pace, provided you meet the assigned deadlines. Some courses will require you to login to an occasional live (synchronous) lecture, or to a scheduled group project meeting, however this will be made clear to you at the onset of the course

For any course - do I have the option of viewing a lecture online or coming to class each week

Not at this time. Currently you must adhere to your program's particular delivery method.

How important are the weekends-in-residence - WIR - of the blended programs

The WIR is required and vital to the cohort and experiential learning model. Most of William James College’s blended courses include one required weekend-in-residence, which is typically held on campus from 8:30am to 5:30pm or 9:00am to 6:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday during the course. The WIR brings students together on campus to build upon the material from the weekly online activities. Students must make sure they can attend the WIR before they sign up for a course, since the WIR experiences cannot be made up or replaced.  Note: The online programs do not have a WIR

How will I remain part of the school community with the lower face-to-face time of a blended or online course

William James College's distance learning approach is centered on active learning, engagement, and community. In addition to the in-depth weekly online discussions with fellow classmates and your professor, the intensive weekend-in-residence component of a blended program will allow you and your cohort to build strong academic and social bonds. Students participating in distance learning courses are also encouraged to come to campus to study, work on group projects, and participate in campus-wide activities and social events if possible. In addition, students enrolled in the programs have access to all of the same student service resources as face-to-face students.

What services are available for students taking blended and online courses

William James College's wide range of services are available to every student, whether you are on-campus or at a distance. Please visit the student services links found to the left to learn more.

Is financial aid available for blended and online students
Yes! As long as you are enrolled in a graduate level degree program, every William James College student is encouraged to meet with the financial aid office to discuss what financial packages might be available to them. 
What is the application process for the blended degree programs
The application process is for the most part the same for all William James College programs.  For each William James College program, students are required to complete an application, submit an application fee, and provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Programs may have additional requirements, which can be found under the individual program website. For non-graduate level, or non-matriculating courses, please contact the William James College admission office for more information. 

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